Title: The Mango Opera ***SIGNED/INSCRIBED*** ***...
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, NY
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed / Inscribed by Author on Full Title Page
Edition: 1st. Edition, 1st. Printing.
First Edition, First Printing with full number line. Signed, inscribed and dated "For Jeff and Jan who wish they were here -- in Paradise - Best Regards, Tom Corcoran 5-23-98" on the FULL title page. Near Fine book with Near Fine publishers dust jacket and Fine "Special limited edition jacket commemorating the first signing of The Mango Opera at the Key West Island Bookstore, on May 23, 1998." Dust jackets were numbered - this one being #50/50. All our books are bubble wrapped and shipped in a sturdy box with Delivery Confirmation. NO remainder mark, NO previous owner markings or inscriptions, NOT price clipped, NOT a Book Club Edition, NOT an Ex-Lib. Dust jacket covered in protective clear wrapper. Bookseller Inventory # 007762
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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