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False Pretenses

Lyons, Arthur

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ISBN 10: 1874061343 / ISBN 13: 9781874061342
Published by Oldcastle
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Title: False Pretenses

Publisher: Oldcastle

Binding: PAPERBACK

Book Condition:Good

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Returning from a wild goose chase of an assignment only to find his client dead in his office, L.A. private eye Jacob Asch teams up with detective Leslie Boetticher, who is investigating two related murders. Reprint. PW.

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After a month spent pursuing perplexed oldsters whose abler relatives hope to claim conservatorship of their assets, a change is as good as a rest for LA shamus Jacob Asch, seen before in Other People's Money et al. Although Asch has a classic hangdog charm, this particular case limps along unconvincingly and without much continuity. The man who hires Asch to follow his straying wife isn't who he says he is; the wife Asch tails is a prostitute hired for the job. When the man is killed in Asch's office, the PI is in position for the fall. While investigating what he was set up for, Asch gets involved with a long-legged, dark-haired beauty of a police officer who entertains him in lacy little nothings that don't go with her uniform. He doesn't exactly complain, even as he still serves as occasional sexual plaything for a lusty television anchorwoman. After more killings, the suggestion of cop corruption arises, leading to a conclusion that seems too neat, despite the threads, especially emotional ones, left hanging in the warm California air. Nevertheless, the shabby, solitary Asch, hunkered down in his own retro-California, inhabits a decidedly Chandler-esque time and place.
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