Brandon investigates the grisly murder of the kid who used to sell her coffee and donuts, discovering love along the way. A first novel. 50,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.
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Sounding like an uncensored outtake from vintage Hill Street Blues, this introduction to ex-stripper, ex-cop, Orange County forensic specialist Smokey Brandon is tough, hip, visceral, and lusty enough to make both Wambaugh and Spillane sit up and wince. The case that Smokey leaves her lab to solve: the gunning down of college kid Jerry Dwyer, who sold her coffee every morning at his parents' convenience store. The Dugdale brothers are picked up on suspicion and released, and in the parking lot they spot Smokey and her friend Patricia. Then--coincidentally or intentionally?--one of the Dugdales moves into Patricia's apartment complex and begins romancing her. Then she disappears and Smokey, with no back up, tracks her to Vegas--where the boys, their behemoth mom, a drugged- out Patricia, and a coked-out cutie are all holed up in filthy, redneck splendor, wielding tire irons when the ammo runs out. A macho heroine, with a ragged love-life (a long-standing affair with her former boss; a one-nighter with a co-worker; etc.), a soured past, and an unpredictable future. Authentic-sounding forensic nitty-gritty, autopsy protocol, and so on--but that jangling, be-bop narrative begins to grate after a while. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description William Morrow & Co, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New item. May have light shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # BK0083717
Book Description William Morrow & Co, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition (1st printing), This is a New and Unread copy of the first edition (1st printing) in a mylar jacket cover. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 034744
Book Description William Morrow & Co, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110688108245