Evan Maitland is co-owner and operator of Collette's Antiques, an upscale furniture store in Chicago. He's also a bail enforcement agent/bounty hunter. On a cold January night, a bail bondsman hires Maitland to find Barry McDermott, a lawyer charged with statutory rape. What appears to be a simple retrieval turns into something far more complicated. Maitland is shot in a gunfight and kills a man in self defense. After recovering from his injury, Maitland returns to Chicago and tries to put his life back together. But someone wants Maitland dead. With assassins on all sides, and only a determined Chicago policewoman to back him up, Maitland has to play this new game by his rules if he wants to stay alive.
James Patrick Hunt presently practices law in Oklahoma City.
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*Starred Review* Evan Maitland is a former Chicago cop making his way as a specialty furniture dealer in the Windy City. Readers hoping for a kindred soul to Lovejoy, Jonathan Gash's charming antique-dealing, crime-solving British rogue, will find a very different but equally appealing sort of bloke in the pages of this knockout first novel. Maitland walked away from law enforcement but not adrenalin. He supplements his furniture income as a bounty hunter, tracking down bail skips. His latest runner is Barry McDermott, an attorney charged with statutory rape ("She looked 25!"). What Maitland doesn't know is that a Jamaican posse is also on McDermott's tail; he has nearly a million dollars of their drug money. Maitland and the Jamaicans find their prey at the same time; the ruckus leaves two dead and Maitland minus one lung. The surviving Jamaicans want Maitland dead. The remainder of the tale finds a diminished Maitland dodging Jamaican hit attempts and trying to convince a corrupt Chicago cop that he's not aligned with the Jamaican posse. This is an extraordinary debut that harkens back to Elmore Leonard's classic City Primeval: High Noon in Detroit (1999). Great modern noir; don't miss it, and clamor for more. Wes Lukowsky
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"...is an action-packed mystery novel ranging from Chicago to Oklahoma City. Author James Patrick Hunt entertains with a story that includes intriguing and often dangerous characters."
--Oklahoman, January 2005 (Doody Enterprises 20050101)
"First-timer Hunt mixes his pitches expertly, mixing hard sliders (the incompetent and sometimes venal cops convinced that Maitland?s working with the Jamaicans who are trying to kill him) with the occasional curveball.."
-- Kirkus Reviews (December 2004) (Kirkus Review 20041201)
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Book Description Five Star, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 1594142726
Book Description Five Star, 2005. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111594142726