UNWANTED COMPANY.

Seranella, Barbara (1956-2007.)

ISBN 10: 0060192127 / ISBN 13: 9780060192129
Published by New York: HarperCollins, (2000.) dj
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. Third mystery featuring "Munch" Mancini, woman auto-mechanic, parolee and recovering drug addict, and now also the owner of a limo business and an unofficial adoptive mother of a little girl. An interesting and highly praised series, featuring a strong woman protagonist, by an author whose checkered past was not unlike that of Munch, but whose life was sadly cut short with her death in 2007 at just age 50. This copy is INSCRIBED on the title page by the author "For --- Enjoy the journey." 287 pp. Very near fine in a like dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 39329

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Title: UNWANTED COMPANY.

Publisher: New York: HarperCollins, (2000.) dj

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

The last thing "Munch" Mancini needs is a visit from her ex-lover, "Sleaze" Garillo, a shady hustler looking for a favor.

Munch is a hardworking, no-nonsense auto mechanic in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. She's recently shed nearly every addiction known to man and woman. Munch is doing her best each day to keep the sins of her past behind her, but it seems that there's always some old friend or temptation blocking her path.

When Sleaze drops out of sight under troubling circumstances, Munch can't help but get involved. He may have been the victim of a sniper attack on the freeway. The cops are after her for answers. Munch doesn't have anyyet. But she's the only one with the friends and connections to track down the truth.

That is just what she's been avoiding, a dangerous detour down memory lane. Finding out about one former friend means that Munch will need to revisit other lingering faces from her pastfriend and foeand deal with them once and for all.

Nobody's tougher than Munch Mancini, but even she's unsure if she has what it takes to make it through this risky situation without ruining her new life, or losing it altogether. She's used to battling dope smugglers, bikers, and the law, but this is her first time trying to guard an innocent soul in the mixthe baby daughter Sleaze left behind.

In Barbara Seranella's rough-and-tumble new thriller, No Offense Intended, a hazardous trail of crime, truth, and consequences spirals to a deadly standoff.

Review:

Barbara Seranella's Munch Mancini--a 1970s ex-druggie and jailbird wrestling with her self-esteem and her future--was a blast of original air in the first book about her, No Human Involved. The only problem was that there seemed to be no way she could be as interesting or edgy ever again. Happily, it turns out that Seranella, a longtime car mechanic to the rich and famous of Los Angeles, is even better at tinkering with a word processor. No Offense Intended shows us a growing and changing Munch, while avoiding most of the traps that second books of a series can fall into.

It must have been tempting, for example, to have Munch team up again with Lt. Mace St. John, the thorny but eventually very sympathetic cop who helped her in the first book. But that would have diminished both her fragility and inventiveness, giving her someone too solid to lean on. Instead, we find Munch on her own when an ex-lover rolls into Happy Jack's Auto Repair in the San Fernando Valley to ask her to look after his baby daughter. And when that lover is found dead on the San Diego Freeway, mixed up in a biker gang's dangerous arms dealings, Munch does much of the dirty work on her own before linking up with a LAPD homicide detective.

Equally inventive is the natural way Seranella uses Munch's car repair skills to give the character depth and move the story along without making too much of it. Locked up in jail and needing to smoke and make a phone call, Munch persuades a reluctant guard to loosen up by telling her how to fix the ignition on her '67 Camaro Super Sport. The explanation is so wonderfully authoritative that the page (158) should be copied by anyone who owns that car. As for the rest of this moving and exciting book, you'll be passing it around a lot, as well. --Dick Adler

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