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DRIVING LESSONS.

McBain, Ed.

ISBN 10: 0752813250 / ISBN 13: 9780752813257
Published by ORION., NY, 1999
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Title: DRIVING LESSONS.

Publisher: ORION., NY

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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America's greatest writer of police novels tells a shocking story of innocence and guilt, of lives shattered. As sixteen-year-old Rebecca Patton takes an apparently ordinary driving lesson, tragedy strikes when she runs down and kills a woman who has just stepped off a curb. When detective Katie Logan appears on the scene, she discovers that the driving instructor, Andrew Newell, is behaving incoherently and appears to be drunk. The apparent negligent homicide certainly warrants an arrest. But when the victim's handbag is retrieved, and the woman is identified as Newell's wife, Logan fears that something far more sinister may have occurred. Praise for Ed McBain: "He is, by far, the best at what he does. Case closed." - People; "A master." - Time; "The author delivers the goods: wired action scenes, dialogue that breathes, characters with heart and characters who eat those hearts, and glints of unforgiving humor.... McBain owns his turf." - New York Times Book Review; "The best crime writer in the business." - Houston Post.

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When 16-year-old student driver Rebecca Patton hits a woman who steps off the curb into her path one afternoon in the town of River Close, Rebecca's driving instructor, Andrew Newell, is in big trouble. Though Newell passes a Breathalyzer test, he can barely stand on his feet and doesn't know his nameAhe's obviously high on something. So begins this riveting novella from one of America's finest crime writers. When the police question Newell, he denies taking any drugs and demands to see a lawyer. Will the authorities be able to test him for drugs before the evidence leaves his bloodstream? Meanwhile, the victim lies unidentified in critical condition at the local hospital. Then a witness returns to the accident scene and finds the woman's purse hanging in a tree. Just as the police learn from the victim's driver's license that she's Mary Beth Newell, the driving instructor's wife, word comes from the hospital that she's dead. McBain takes a fairly simple scenarioAwhat appears to be a case of vehicular manslaughterAand develops it into a complex tale of human frailty, with nary a wasted word. Detective Katie Logan later discovers that Mary Beth had just left the Roman Catholic church on the street where the car struck her. Father McDowell won't betray the confidences of the confessional, but his inadvertant admission that Mary Beth had problems is enough to put Logan on the guilty party's trail. The truth is as shocking as it is unexpected. (Sept.)
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