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Line of Sight

Kelly, Jack

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ISBN 10: 0786866144 / ISBN 13: 9780786866144
Published by Hyperion, 2000
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Signed by Author 0786866144 This hardcover book is Fine, being square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine lettering. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. This copy is signed by the Author on the title page without inscription. Bookseller Inventory # 006231

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Title: Line of Sight

Publisher: Hyperion

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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"Jack Kelly writes like a man ready for a rumble." -New York Daily News

"One of the rules... You don't mess with married women. It's tempting, sure. Forbidden Fruit. He got, I want. But you're only buying trouble and there's enough trouble to be had for nothing."

So says police officer Ray Dolan. But when the sultry Sheila Travis moves in next door, the rules go out the window.

Line of Sight is a stunning example of the neo-noir genre, complete with breathtaking plot twists, crackling dialogue, and sizzling eroticism. It promises to establish Kelly as one of the most stylish writers of crime fiction, on a level with Elmore Leonard, James Ellroy, and Walter Mosley.

Ray Dolan is a man haunted by looking. He spends his days keeping watch over a decaying rust-belt city, his nights peering at the stars. Then the seductive glimpse of a woman's shape in a window draws him into a nightmare of murder and accusation.

Dolan knows who's innocent and who's guilty. But does he know how to escape from a terrifying sexual and moral labyrinth The story unfolds in prose that has the glint of a knife blade in the dark.

The explosive novel reminds the reader that each of us walks through a minefield of hidden obsession and unexpected passion. A wrong step, a wrong look, can transform our desires into violence with lethal suddenness.

Line of Sight brings to mind noir classics like Double Indemnity and Body Heat. At the same time, the novel goes beyond the hard-boiled genre to explore the moral and emotional dimensions of obsession, crime, and police power in American society.


A straight, not-so-smart cop who falls for a sexy married woman with her eye on a quick exit from her marriage (with the proceeds from a hefty insurance policy on her husband's life, natch) makes Line of Sight a noirish thriller that could go right from the manuscript to the B-movie screen. When Ray Dolan meets Sheila Travis, you can see the ending coming in this barely steamy mystery that's long on heavy breathing and short on characterization, pacing, and plot. The reader longs for Ray to smarten up and get out of Sheila's bedroom before she puts a gun in his hand and makes him do something he'd never imagined doing, but of course he does it anyway. The only surprise is that he gets away with it (sort of), but not until over 300 pages of turgid prose have been flipped. The real mystery is which James M. Cain novel Jack Kelly had at hand when he penned this one, and how many pages one can read until the flight attendant announces the in-flight movie and beverage service. (Hint: all of them.) Is "Howard the Duck" better entertainment at 30,000 feet? You be the judge. --Jane Adams

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