David J. Walker Half the Truth

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Half the Truth

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Someone is after a talented but troubled college athlete named Jason Cooper, and Chicago P.I. Mal Foley must figure out who before his estranged wife and Jason's sister are killed.

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In his Edgar-nominated first mystery novel, Fixed in His Folly, former priest and lawyer Walker introduced us to Chicago private eye Malachy Foley -- a sensitive, jolly guy who rides a lovely old BMW motorcycle and has a part-time job playing jazz piano in a bar. For his second appearance, Foley takes on a serious touch of sadness: his relationship with the woman he loves -- his ex-wife -- seems to be rapidly falling apart. Meanwhile, another beautiful woman enlists Foley's help in finding her brother, a talented young basketball player being menaced for reasons nobody can understand. Mal's most interesting side is his vulnerability: "I remembered one night, coming home from a camping trip in the Rockies, driving just this side of panic through a raging, endless snowstorm across the state of Nebraska. I was alone, except for Seth Green and a friend of his, both sleeping peacefully in the backseat. I wanted to holler at them, 'Wake up, damn it! Help me see where I'm going! Be scared with me!' But they were eight years old, and I just kept driving."

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Where, oh where has violinist Sharon Cooper's wayward brother Jason gone? Deep underground, if he's got any sense. The basketball prospect's gone AWOL from Cragman Community College just as Sharon's getting a series of quietly menacing phone calls ordering her to produce him--and since she can't, she runs to Malachy Foley, the suspended lawyer whose debut (Fixed in His Folly, 1995) showed such unusual range and reach. No such luck this time. Oh, Mal does the job all right, since the kidnapping of his client and his sometime wife Cass gives him the just right motivation to divine that media sex lord Breaker Hanafan is bound to know something about the kid's disappearance; to trace Jason to the home of his former (make that late) high-school basketball coach; and to link Jason's hiding act to the, uh, accidental deaths of his roommate and his girlfriend just a few weeks earlier. But as the outlines of the secret in Jason's unwilling possession come into focus--it's got something to do with US Attorney nominee Calvin Radcliffe, the evidence is two sheets of paper Jason's socked away somewhere, and an awful lot of Chicago hoods are willing to go the extra mile to get those two flimsy sheets--you find yourself getting impatient waiting for Mal to figure out what the writing on those fatal papers means, and hoping there'll be more to the case. There is, but not nearly enough. Altogether more routine than Walker's first, though resourceful Mal shows some nifty moves with a parking ticket, a length of plumber's pipe, and the current issue of Good Housekeeping. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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