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On the Edge: Poverman, C. E.

On the Edge

Poverman, C. E.

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ISBN 10: 0865380872 / ISBN 13: 9780865380875
Published by New York, New York, U.S.A.: Ontario Review Pr, 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First edition/first printing. Fine book in a near fine dust jacket that shows some light shelf wear. Signed by author on title page without inscription. Included is the original shipping receipt from The Mysterious Bookshop-West. Book is not protected in a clear mylar cover. Not a book club edition, ex-library, price-clipped, or remaindered copy. Packaged in a box and shipped promptly with delivery confirmation. Customer satisfaction a given. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-7175063464

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Title: On the Edge

Publisher: New York, New York, U.S.A.: Ontario Review Pr

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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On the Edge is an unflinchingly intimate portrayal of a man troubled by his past, the stress of a passionate love relationship with his young wife, and the pressures of his morally ambiguous job. Through Poverman's protagonist Frank August, we are exposed to a searingly candid picture of a legal investigator and the criminal justice system itself. Having failed the California bar exam, Frank August has become an investigator in San Francisco by default. When a lawyer offers him a drug case at his client's request, Frank is severely compromised; no one knows that the client and Frank have an old and complex friendship. As Frank goes deeper into the case, he finds himself confronted by his unresolved relationship with his dead father, his drinking, and his wife. He will ultimately be pushed to make a decision which will call all of his relationships into play, and test his concepts and bonds of loyalty and friendship.


Frank August is a 40-year-old legal investigator in San Francisco, working hard but not quite making it. If he could just pass the California bar exam, all his problems would be solved: he would be on the other side of the desk--one of those slick, rich guys who never pay Frank's bills on time or in full. Then he wouldn't have to worry so much, drink so much to ease his mind, or irritate his successful artist wife with his rampant angst and incipient failure. In his first mystery, heralded short story writer C. E. Poverman involves us so quickly and so deeply in Frank's dilemma that we even buy into the myth that practicing law can save your life. Frank is an inspired mess--good at his job but apparently crippled from childhood by a lack of judgement about himself and his friends. One of these, an upscale marijuana dealer named Ray Buchanan, brings all of Frank's strengths and failures into focus when he's arrested in a DEA sting operation.

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