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A new Deets Shanahan investigation Private investigator Howie Cross is beaten to a pulp by a couple of thugs, though he has no idea why. Temporarily out of action, he asks Deets Shanahan to take on his one current case. But Shanahan is in no hurry to get involved. It's straightforward enough, in principle: Hugh Dart wants his wife traced. The only thing is, Dart has just finished a 35-year sentence for murdering her. Dart had had the opportunity to murder Barbara, and the motive: he?d taken out a $100,000 life insurance policy for her just before her death. What's more, he was ? is ? definitely dodgy. But if the investigation is just a wild-goose chase, who called in the thugs?
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Ronald Tierney is the founding editor of a Midwest news weekly, and former editor of a San Francisco monthly.From Booklist:
*Starred Review* When septuagenarian Indianapolis PI Deets Shanahan does a favor for a friend--accompanying a young woman to meet her father--he has no idea that it will lead to one of the most intriguing cases of his career. Melanie Dart hasn't seen her father, Hugh, for 35 years, the time he served for killing his wife. Deets takes an instant dislike to Hugh Dart, a onetime wealthy, charming mover and shaker in Indianapolis political circles who is still slick and slightly sleazy despite his prison term. But the man swears to Deets that he didn't kill his wife and that she is still alive after having stolen millions of dollars that Hugh, by his own admission, raked off in political bribes. Intrigued, Deets decides to check out Dart's story. But his investigations touch a nerve-- he is threatened, his lady friend is threatened, even his dog is threatened. What he eventually finds is a plot as ingenious, wicked, and slick as Hugh Dart himself. In a style reminiscent of Robert B. Parker at his best, Tierney concocts a meaty plot and complements it perfectly with rat-a-tat dialogue, oddball characters, bits of homespun philosophy, and delightfully dry humor. An outstanding entry in a first-rate, too-often-overlooked hard-boiled series. Emily Melton
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Book Description Severn House Publishers, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110727861735
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