KILLING ME SOFTLY.

Leslie, John

ISBN 10: 0671864203 / ISBN 13: 9780671864200
Published by New York: Pocket Books, 1994. dj, 1994
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. The first Gideon Lowry mystery, set in Key West, Florida. SIGNED by the author on the title page with 'Key West 1996' added. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 60927

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Title: KILLING ME SOFTLY.

Publisher: New York: Pocket Books, 1994. dj

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Between the gentle trade winds and the thriving tourist trade, the year-round summer days and the languid nights, the living is easy in Key West. That's just the way Gideon Lowry likes it - and just the sort of phrasing he'd borrow from the classic tunes he tickles on the ivories, weekend nights in the local lounge. In a town where "people either came to drop out, or renew themselves before heading back to the real world," Gideon fits comfortably into the first category - with all disrespect for the rat race, and no apologies.
He's been everything from fireman and fisherman to soldier, cop and husband...three times. But the only habits he's stuck with over the years have been drinking and detective work - not always in that order - and music. These days, when he's not bird-dogging AWOL witnesses for the state attorney's office, Gideon's at the keyboard, giving them Gershwin and Porter to chase away the blues and help chase down the booze.
That's where Virginia Murphy finds him. Shrouded in somber white, she's come back to Key West to lay a real ghost to rest - by finding out who murdered her sister, Lila, nearly forty years before. For Gideon, it's a gig that leads him down the darker side of memory lane - where haunting snatches of his own past, like the timeless melodies he plays, linger on. Secrets linger there, too. But they're buried as deeply as the paradise that was Florida's landscape, now entombed beneath the concrete of Bayard Cement. That ubiquitous family business - and the wealthy, influential clan behind it - are wall that Gideon slams up against harder and harder as he investigates his hometown's hidden history. In a community famous for knowing other people's business, no one has much to say about the long-ago death of a former high school sweetheart. Doors that were once left unlocked are swinging shut in Gideon's face, and even his hotshot-senator brother can't - or won't penetrate the closed ranks. It's enough to drive a P.I. to drink...until Virginia Murphy topples to her own untimely death.
That's when Gideon takes the pledge - to unlock the shocking truth that Key West has concealed too long beneath its sunny, sultry, surface, and to face a killer's music and dance...

From Publishers Weekly:

Gideon Lowry, the featured PI in Leslie's ( Blood on the Keys ) new series, is caught in two small worlds: one--Key West, where he also plays at a piano bar--he's content to stay in; the other--alcoholism--he'd like to escape, at least on good days. Into this somewhat claustrophobic setting comes Virginia Murphy, whose family moved away from the Keys in the '50s after her beautiful and fast-living sister, Lila, was murdered. Virginia returns and hires Gideon, who was in Korea at the time of the crime, to follow up on the murder investigation that "fizzled out" long ago, but very soon she is dead herself from an apparently accidental fall. Gideon, who's taken Virginia's check, continues with the investigation, but those who remember Lila--from the older police to his own brother, Carl--have little to offer, a situation counterbalanced by intensified gossip along the tightly knit community's "coconut telegraph," which wonders what motivates the PI's dogged prying into the affairs of the local aristocracy. Only one of the two deaths is explored satisfactorily, and by the end of the tale readers, who may have heard too much about drinking (overdoing it, getting over it or abstaining from it) and "our people" (Keys natives), will be glad to return to the mainland.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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