A Ticket to Die for (Wild Onion Ltd. Mysteries)

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9780312193454: A Ticket to Die for (Wild Onion Ltd. Mysteries)

A female private detective and her lawyer husband join forces to investigate the murder of a young woman whose death may be connected to organized crime. By the author of Applaud the Hollow Ghost.

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A former priest and now a practicing lawyer in Chicago, David J. Walker obviously knows a thing or two about how people behave. That knowledge enlivened his books about a private eye called Mal Foley (Applaud the Hollow Ghost), and now adds pleasure and promise to the start of a new series. Kirsten and Dugan are a married couple who met at the police academy; she's now a law-school dropout working as a private investigator, while he's taken over his father's lucrative but depressing personal-injury law practice. "She knew Dugan enjoyed his self-crafted image as a slightly tarnished, run-of-the-mill lawyer who exhausted his store of courage by sparring with insurance adjusters on the telephone. A comfortable image, and maybe he was tempted to believe in it. But the fact was that Dugan never backed off from any real challenge."

That admiration is mutual, so Dugan lets himself be dragged along by Kirsten on a case involving a sleazy lawyer about to be disbarred, a mobbed-up adult bookstore called Cousin Freddy's, and a missing exotic dancer known as Rita Ranchero. Both lead characters have distinct and well-developed personalities that mesh and occasionally clash, just like real couples we all know. If Walker can avoid a certain tendency toward coyness, this could be the beginning of a long and interesting relationship. --Dick Adler

From Kirkus Reviews:

Quite a change of pace from Walker's searching Malachy Foley mysteries (Applaud the Hollow Ghost, p. 25, etc.): a husband-and-wife crime-fighting team that splits everything, even their name. She's Kirsten, a cop-turned-p.i. who's heading Chicago's Wild Onion, Ltd.; he's Dugan, a lawyer who got shanghaied first into his late father's firm and now into his wife's detective agency. They think they're just after a deposition from a witness who overheard a conversation between their ambulance-chasing client, Larry Candle, and Rita Ranchero, whose personal-injury settlement Larry allegedly looted. But when the witness, a clerk in an adult bookstore, turns up dead, and Rita Ranchero disappears, they seem to have been dropped into a case of anti-porn agitators whose anonymous notes charge that pornography is terrorism but whose own tactics have taken a few plays from the terrorist manual too. Kirsten and Dugan know they can expect trouble from the zealots of WARP (Women Against Rape and Pornography) and the mob types whose footprints are all over the case, but they have no idea how much trouble their lying (and none too bright) client will turn out to be. As richly plotted as Mal Foley's three other cases, but good for a lot more laughsand a perfect introduction to the talented author. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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