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The Music of What Happens

John Straley

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ISBN 10: 055309677X / ISBN 13: 9780553096774
Published by Soho, New York, 1996
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: The Music of What Happens

Publisher: Soho, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author on the Title

Edition: First Edition/First Printing

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Taking on the case of a woman who is convinced her custody battle is part of a conspiracy to take her son from her, Alaskan private eye Cecil Younger prepares to confront a state senator, only to become involved in a murder. 25,000 first printing.


"I never find the smoking gun or the lead pipe with the bloody fingerprints on it, because everyone is looking for those. I find everything else, everything that has been left in the overturned rooms: the surface that wasn't blood-spattered, the dust on the knickknacks and family photo albums, but not on the exceptionally clean retirement plaque; the music on the radio in the empty hallway after everyone has been taken to jail or the morgue. I do this because there is always trace evidence of innocence, and innocence is largely overlooked, even by a man oiling a gun with a child crying in the background on the day before a killing." That voice is so original it can only belong to Straley, who introduced us to Alaskan investigator Cecil Younger in The Woman Who Married a Bear and The Curious Eat Themselves. This time out, Younger is trying to help the sister of an old girlfriend keep custody of her little boy. The wealthy, powerful family she has married into says she's unstable, an unsuitable mother -- but their opposition has sinister roots.

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