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DECEPTION PASS: Thomas Black Mystery (SIGNED)

Emerson, Earl

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ISBN 10: 0345400682 / ISBN 13: 9780345400680
Published by Ballantine Publishing Group, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1997
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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A 246 page Thomas Black mystery set in Seattle, Washington. SIGNED by the author on the title page. First edition, first printing. Dust jacket is enclosed in a clear mylar cover. Book will be carefully packed and shipped in a box. Bookseller Inventory # 12860

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Title: DECEPTION PASS: Thomas Black Mystery (SIGNED...

Publisher: Ballantine Publishing Group, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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"Mother Teresa with a bankroll" is P.I. Thomas Black's first impression of Lainie Smith. Her rise from rags to riches and her  bottomless generosity on behalf of Seattle's children are something out of a Frank Capra movie. But that sentimental assessment is obliterated as Black investigates Lainie's hidden past--and a purportively tranquil spot called Deception Pass.

As a rebellious teen, Lainie hooked up with a drifter named Charlie--and she may have been an eyewitness to murder in the shadow of cliff-walled Deception Pass, where the water runs river-swift and turbulent. When justice, and the executioner, finally caught up with Charlie, Lainie was long gone.

But somebody who knows the truth--the whole  truth--about Lainie's dark history is blackmailing her. Lainie won't tell Thomas Black why she's being blackmailed, only that her tormentor "knows things he couldn't possibly know." Just how far will Black's  saint-like client go to bury her past forever?

For a one-way passage to nonstop suspense, travel no farther than Deception Pass.

From the Publisher:

Earl Emerson's acclaimed series about Seattle private investigator Thomas Black is much beloved by readers and critics. And with justification. (These novels, running the gamut from THE RAINY CITY to the just-issued CATFISH CAF, are among my all-time favorite detective tales, and I'm not just saying that because I'm Earl's editor.) But I don't know any other crime novelist who amasses such fervent praise from his peers. It would be a crime to call Earl Emerson merely a "writer's writer." But there sure are a lot of talented authors who revere him. To wit . . .

Aaron Elkins: "In every book he tries something new, and he always comes up a winner. In the best tradition of American crime fiction, Emerson is a master of witty dialogue; clever, complex plotting; and lucid, meaty prose."

Robert Crais: "Earl Emerson writes with the richness and grace of a poet, evincing a quality of phrase and nuance that elevates the genre."

Ann Rule: "Earl Emerson and Thomas Black only get better and better! Earl Emerson has taken his place in the rarefied air of the best of the best!"

'Nuff said.

--Joe Blades, Associate Publisher

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