Neal Carey has to keep the mob, the FBI, and a major television personality from killing his newest client -- but he's tempted to do the job himself.
Sometime student and ever-reluctant detective Neal Carey would rather be finishing a dull doctoral thesis than staring down the nose of a loaded gun -- but his new assignment doesn't sound dangerous. All he has to do is pull off the ultimate makeover: turn Polly Paget --a gum-chewing, foul-mouthed, big-haired broad -- into a perfect lady in time to testify in a rape case against Jack Landis, head of the Family Cable Network and America's most beloved family man. But Polly isn't cooperating, and everyone -- including a former FBI agent, an obsessive-compulsive hit man, the Mafia, a porn prince, and a slew of tabloid reporters -- is on her trail, turning Neal's ''simple'' assignment into a deadly game of duck-duck-goose.
In a hellish and hilarious escapade that takes him from the deserts of Nevada to the bright lights of Las Vegas and finally to a hair-raising climax in a shoddily built amusement park, Neal tries to escape the mob's big guns while taking a slippery walk up the world's biggest water slide.
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DON WINSLOW is the author of thirteen books and has also written for film and television. On his way to becoming a writer, he did a number of things to make a living -- private investigator, safari guide, actor, and theater director, among others. His first novel, A Cool Breeze on the Underground (Book 1 in the Neal Carey Mysteries), was nominated for an Edgar Award, and California Fire and Life received the Shamus Award. He now lives in Southern California.
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