Elegy for a Thief: A Detective Sergeant Gabriel Dunn Mystery

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Detective Sergeant Gabriel Dunn must deal with the richness of Salem, the puzzle of family, and the finality of death

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The suicide of a young woman arouses the suspicions of police Sgt. Gabriel Dunn of Salem, Mass., in his second appearance, following Requiem for a Postman . Moira Doheny, suffering headaches after an automobile accident, ostensibly kills herself with a pistol, leaving a typewritten note saying she could no longer stand the pain. Dunn's partner, Jake Myles, and Moira's family accept the obvious; Dunn's doubts are fueled by the presence of two bullets. Although pressed to leave the apparently open-and-shut case to work on a series of shop burglaries, he delves into Moira's life and finds out that she had run with bad crowds, taking up with young men she felt she could reform. Her most recent lover, Chris Alexei, is a talented safecracker responsible for many of the burglaries Dunn is being urged to investigate, including the theft of a valuable collection of baseball cards. Further probing turns up other mysteries in Moira's life that may have led to her death. A powerful realism informs this solid, gritty procedural about a decent, compassionate, hard-working cop in a small working-class city.
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Dyslexic Salem detective sergeant Gabriel Dunn (Requiem for a Postman, 1992), about to solo for the first time, is beeped off the flight to catch a--suicide? homicide? Gabe's instincts sense murder--and the bullet that was fired into the wall after the one that was blasted at close range into Moira Doheny confirms it, despite the suicide note indicating that poor Moira couldn't handle the pain lingering from last year's car accident. Whodunit? Moira surrounded herself with B&E guys, including: sometime boyfriend Chris; Judd, who put the moves on her while Chris was in the slammer; and baseball-card nut Eugene. Did Moira steal the stash from a recent burglary and get caught? Had her memory of her accident returned and implicated someone else? Or had lust run amok? Using snitches, a wry cynicism, and his jumbled reading skills, Gabe will close the case--and finally soar. Droll cop comments and a likable bunch of guys hanging out at the stationhouse create an offbeat charm--and the feel of a cozy village procedural. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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