Smoke, rubble and the body of an unidentified woman are all that remains of a favourite New Haven eatery. Misisng is the restaurant's owner, a man known as much for his perfect penne as he is for his hand in an illegal gambling operation. Crime reporter Annie Seymour can't pass up a golden opportunity for the perfect story and the chance to pound the pavement she knew as a child. But for Annie, home is NOT where the heart is and a cold reception is all that greets her enquiring ways. To complicate matetrs, Annie's father, who is a friend of the missing man, is suddenly underfoot. As Annie connects the dots that point to an elusive mob ring, she must confront the fact that she's become an outsider in her own neighbourhood - and that she may be its next victim.
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Karen Olson is an editor in New Haven, Connecticut and is well connected in the are, which is also the setting for her books. She lives in North Haven with her husband and daughter.From Publishers Weekly:
Authentic urban atmosphere, generous wit and winning characters lift Olson's second outing for Annie Seymour (after 2005's Sacred Cows), which takes the intrepid New Haven, Conn., reporter to a possible arson scene. When a cherished local Italian restaurant, Prego, burns down, a corpse in the rubble is believed to be that of the owner, Sal Amato. The police later determine that the deceased is Prego's hostess, whose history of domestic violence with her boyfriend, Prego's chef, leads to the chef's arrest. But when Annie stumbles on Amato, just after he's shot dead, it looks as if the mob may be responsible. Enter Annie's father, who's in town from Las Vegas. Annie worries her dad is somehow involved, and when his fingerprints show up in suspicious places, the cops and the Feds agree. To clear his name, Annie joins forces up with sexy Vinny DeLucia, marine biologist–turned–gumshoe, who conveniently turns up in all the wrong places at the right times to save Annie's derriere. Readers are sure to look forward to Annie's further adventures. (Sept.)
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Book Description Mysterious Press, NY, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: F/G in VG slipcase, DJ. Dust Jacket Included. First Edition. HB Lewis R. Higgins Introduction by Philip Jose Farmer #47 of 250 numbered copies signed by Farmer. Would be Fine/Fine/Fine, save for a damaged dust jacket in which a quarter-sized hole has been gouged out of the spine. The slipcase has a small crack as well. One wonders what happened. A bargain hunter's copy. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # BOOKS016317I
Book Description Mysterious, New York, 1976. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First edition. Gilt spine titles. Introduction by Philip Jose Farmer. Illustrations by Lewis R. Higgins. A modest bump at the crown else fine in a near fine dustwrapper with faint white marks on the front panel and minor creasing along the top edge. Sherlock Holmes pastiche. Bookseller Inventory # 378226
Book Description Mysterious Press, NY, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Lewis R. Higgins (illustrator). First Edition. Introduction by Philip Jose Farmer #133 of 250 numbered copies signed by Farmer. The slipcase is Fine. Signed. Bookseller Inventory # 000574
Book Description The Mysterious Press, New York, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. 1st. Collects Peter Todd's first 18 Sherlockian parodies, which were originally published in 1915 and 1916. Slipcased limited edition, signed by Philip Jose Farmer, who wrote the introduction. ; 8vo; 151 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 22094
Book Description Mysterious Press, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. No. 165 of 250 numbered copies, signed by the author of the introduction. Grey cloth; gilt titling on the spine on a red background. Lewis R. Higgins (illustrator). Intro. by Philip Jose Farmer. In a pictorial DJ with the price present. In a grey slipcase also in fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1552899222