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Constantine, K.C.

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ISBN 10: 0892966475 / ISBN 13: 9780892966479
Published by Mysterious Press, New York, 1999
Condition: Very Fine Hardcover
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Constantine's fifteenth mystery novel set in Rocksburg, Pennsylvania, and featuring Police Chief Mario Balzic, now retired and working as a private investigator; First Printing of the First Edition; Signed by Constantine on the title page; a unread copy. Collectable. Bookseller Inventory # 000115

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Publisher: Mysterious Press, New York

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Fine

Signed: By Author

Edition: First Edition

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Private detective Mario Balzic, whose heart is acting up, returns to investigate the disappearance of guns from a local shop and finds himself confronted with a number of dangerous and powerful suspects, including a local politician and a police chief

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Mario Balzic, chief emeritus of the Rocksburg (Pa.) PD, likes keeping his investigative hand in, especially when there's a fat fee involvedsuch as the $50 an hour offered by lawyer Panagios Valcanas to check out a gun-shop burglary that might also be a scam involving the insurance company that Valcanas represents. Mario sets about the sleuthing in his characteristic waybrilliance disguised as ploddingwhen suddenly the bad thing hits him: a ``coronary incident,'' as he's told at Conemaugh General when he comes to after passing out on the steps of the state police barracks. Not to worry, though, his doctor reassures him, explaining about the tiny drill that will dissolve the ``blood mud'' clogging a Balzic artery. But Mario worries, all right. This quondam tower of strength, who has faced down his share of dangerous enemies, now finds himself terrified, stalked by irrationality, struggling just to get out of his house. But, emotionally off-balance as he is, he's still Mario Balzic. ``Life is movement,'' he says grimly, wrenching himself into action. The burglary, he discovers, does have ramifications. Not just a small-time hustle, it's connected to gangsterism, murder, official cover-up, and police chicanery, which of all public misbehavior is the likeliest to energize the straight-arrow Mario. Rising above a variety of obstacleshis own vulnerabilities among themhe solves the crime, but the punishment that follows is, at the very least, ill-fitting. This is Constantine at the top of his world-class game (Brushback, 1998, etc.), with dialogue to cherish as his hero contends with two intricate casesthe mystery behind a robbery-murder and the even more complex mystery of Mario Balzic. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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