Title: The Mango Opera
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: 1998
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Signed by Author 0312186282 This is the Author's debut novel. This hardcover book is 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. There is a promotional card laid in. Bookseller Inventory # 005241
Synopsis: Alex Rutledge awakens to a knock at his Key West door. His estranged lover, Annie Minnette, has found her new roommate murdered. A freelance photographer who also does crime site work for law enforcement, Rutledge hurries to the murder scene, cameras in hand. He is immediately spooked by the resemblance of the victim to Annie Minnette. Hours later, the Monroe County sheriff asks Alex to photograph a second murder scene. Rutledge recognizes the second victim, Julia Balbuena, with whom he had spent a romantic week many years ago. Within days a series of attacks, linked by evidence, forces Rutledge to suspect that someone is killing his former girlfriends. Is it coincidence, a copycat, or pure craziness? Key West is in an uproar, and the investigations begin to focus on Rutledge. Aided by his friend, fishing guide Sam Wheeler, Alex launches his own inquiry and revisits his past. Tropical politics complicate the process. Old scams, island lifestyle, Witness Protection, a detective's nervous breakdown, and a crooked prosecutor's romantic link to both Annie and Julia add to a web of triple cross, hatred and revenge.
Product Description: Although he prefers magazine work, freelance photographer Alex Rutledge won't turn down an occasional crime scene shoot for the City of Key West Police Department. But when a string of murders takes his viewfinder into strangely familiar territory, Alex's mellow island lifestyle shatters. One after another, someone is killing women who have intimately crossed Alex Rutledge's path. Maybe it's a coincidence. Maybe it's a conspiracy. Or maybe he's crazy. But the connection marks Alex as the prime suspect in a case so hot it's drawn in the county sheriff, the FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. In a desperate race to save his name and his life, Alex dives into a one-man search for the dark, sweltering truth beneath a case that's pounding toward meltdown, in The Mango Opera by Tom Corcoran.
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