Totally Dead: A Streeter Mystery

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9780670882083: Totally Dead: A Streeter Mystery

In the gritty underworld of beautiful babes, meathead thugs, and flying bullets, Streeter--ex-linebacker and private investigator extraordinaire--has always reigned supreme. In Totally Dead, Denver's favorite tough guy must battle a whole new set of low-lifes when he represents Alphonse Lucci, restaurateur and small-time mafioso. When Al lands in hot water with major-league bad guys, Streeter finds himself in the middle of a pizza war, dodging bullets, meatballs, and a hot Italian side dish--namely Al's sexy daughter. As gracefully as ever, Michael Stone maneuvers the action-packed and darkly humorous world of his latest noir adventure. Fans of the sizzling Streeter series will find this, his fourth tale, supremely satisfying. In Streeter, private eye Michael Stone has crafted the ultimate hard-nosed hero, "reminiscent of Mike Hammer and Phillip Marlowe with a soupcon of Spenser for good measure" (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).

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Author Michael Stone actually works as a private detective in Denver, which gives his series about a similarly-situated shamus named Streeter a welcome edge. There's also a sly sense of the basic foolishness of criminal life, probably left over from Stone's previous career as a newspaper reporter. Also, you can't help feeling good about a mystery such as Totally Dead, which includes a hoodlum named Mitch Bosco who listens to Tony Robbins self-help tapes but occasionally burns down the wrong house, and a self-styled Godfather, Al Lucci, called "the Cheese Man," who does more damage with his restaurant food than with his guns.

The muscular, very-married Streeter and his wise old bail bondsman partner Frank Dazzler have to come between these two pillars of Colorado crime when some out-of-state heavies try to move in on Lucci's operation. Lucci might not be much of a capo, but he is an old client who pays his bills on time--qualities that earn Streeter's loyalty. Spicing up the stew is the return of the sexy, ambitious Ronnie Taggart, who added zest to Stone's first Streeter book, The Low End of Nowhere. That and two other adventures--Token of Remorse and A Long Reach--are available in paperback. --Dick Adler

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Michael Stone has been a private investigator in Denver, Colorado, for the last eleven years and has written three other Streeter mysteries, including The Low End of Nowhere, a Shamus Award nominee.

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