Allegretto, Michael.

ISBN 10: 0786701862 / ISBN 13: 9780786701865
Published by New York: Carroll & Graf, (1985) dj
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. A novel in the prize winning series featuring ex-cop now Denver private investigator Jacob Lomax. SIGNED on the title page and dated in the year of publication. 211 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 61438

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Publisher: New York: Carroll & Graf, (1985) dj

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Jake Lomax takes on the case of Roger and Vivian Armis, a couple who have been receiving threatening phone calls from a blackmailer who claims to be Vivian's late husband and who demands cash to keep him from reclaiming his mortal life.

From Publishers Weekly:

Deft plotting and the engagingly ironic narration of Denver shamus Jake Lomax are nearly wasted in this less than gripping work. A few years back, accountant Martin Blyleven died in a plane wreck, leaving a wife, a child and an insurance policy. He also left his employer, charismatic TV preacher Franklin Reed, with a job to fill. Reed's church, funded mainly with cash, is falling under the watchful eye of a local mafia type, and Blyleven's wife now claims that her husband is alive and demanding money?the precise amount of the insurance policy. The mob-church connection grows stronger, and the PI is threatened by three goons. Except for Lomax, the cast is less than engaging. Immoral, philandering preachers are a dime a dozen, and the Shamus Award-winning Allegretto (Death on the Rocks) breaks no new ground here. But Lomax is as charming as ever, occasionally droll, seldom brilliant but never stupid. He fears faxes and fast new cars and will doubtless never get real lucky in love, but he's a pleasure to hang out with, even when he's just going through the motions.
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