This first novel in the Cooper MacLeish series introduces the gutsy Vietnam vet and philosopher who surveys the mean streets of Chicago from his cab.
Vivian Horstmann, the lost love from Cooper's postwar past, is dead. Cooper reads that her long, cold fall was a suicide, but he has his doubts. When unknown hit men try to end her son's life along with Cooper's own, he snaps into urban survival mode to try to save them both and get to the truth.
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Chicago: it's one hell of a town.
Vietnam vet Cooper MacLeish kills his evenings drinking beers at the local pool hall, when he's not jockeying a cab around town to pay the rent. A college graduate on the GI Bill, pushing forty and harboring many deferred dreams, Coop is living from one day to the next until even this fragile structure is shattered by an encounter with a sadistic killer of unparalleled brutality.
All he did was open a newspaper and see a name that once changed his life. Vivian Horstmann, the lithe, elegant and unattainable object of Cooper's college lust, lay dead twenty-three floors below her Lake Shore Drive apartment, but she left a fourteen-year-old son who vanished the day after her death. Still unable to resist Vivian's draw, Coop begins asking questions and soon learns he's not the only one.
Identified only by a jailhouse tattoo of three teardrops meandering down his lean cheek, an unnamed man is weaving through the shadows in Cooper's life, threatening his Puerto Rican girlfriend, Diana, spraying his doorway with gunfire, and practicing home invasion with chilling and gruesome ferocity.
As excited by savagery as a shark is by blood, Teardrop rapidly transforms his mission into an obsessive personal vendetta. Coop must revive all his skills learned in the A Shau Valley and kept alive on Chicago's mean streets to save himself and the boy-- who just might be his son.
In prose reminiscent of Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest and Elmore Leonard's La Brava, Sam Reaves' A Long Cold Fall is an explosive first novel from a major new voice in mystery fiction.
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Book Description Serpent's Tail, London, United Kingdom, 1991. paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. First Thus. Marks on the page edges. Cooper MacLeish, a veteran of the Vietnamese War, leads an aimless existence as a taxi driver in Chicago until circumstances beyond his control bring him up against a sadistic murderer. All of his training in Vietnam must be used to stalk the killer through the mean streets of the city. Bookseller Inventory # 015558
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