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A HARD BARGAIN.

Matera, Lia.

ISBN 10: 0671741969 / ISBN 13: 9780671741969
Published by SIMON & SCHUSTER. NY 1992, 1992
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Edition. SIGNED by the author on the titl epage. Fine in dj. (A few tiny spots of foxing at top edge) A Laura Di Palma mystery.; Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 8343

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Title: A HARD BARGAIN.

Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER. NY 1992

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Laura Di Palma becomes involved in a suspicious suicide case and grows intrigued by the dead woman's past and by her charismatic husband. 20,000 first printing. National ad/promo. Tour.

From Kirkus Reviews:

A grim third novel from the skillful Matera, who, here, examines noncommunication--with oneself and with everyone else--and its disastrous outcome. Bay Area lawyer Laura DiPalma, on an extended retreat with her cousin/lover Hal, is inveigled into working on a case with a former lover/partner, low-ideals man Sandy Arkelett. They're trying to find out what went wrong with the marriage of chronic depressive Karen Clausen McGuin, who left a tape for her husband, Ted, about committing suicide with the gun he purposefully handed her. Did he want to kill her? Or could she just not live any longer with the deformities caused from previously stabbing at her face and eye with an ice pick? Ted's in-laws hate him because he's black; Karen's despairing nephew hates him because he thinks he killed her; and Ted's eccentric family hates the Clausens for their long-time destruction of Karen and her nephew. Furthermore, Hal and Sandy loathe each other; Laura comes to truly dislike Sandy and to feel alienated from Hal; and the only one making any contact at all is the viper who poisoned Ted's scuba gear, blew up his boat, and torched his house. The resolution, when it comes, hardly frees anyone. From one of the more interesting new voices in detective fiction: a downbeat but welcome respite from the mystery-by-formula crowd. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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