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Wiley's Lament: A Novel

Waiwaiole, Lono

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ISBN 10: 0312303831 / ISBN 13: 9780312303839
Published by Minotaur Books March 2003, 2003
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Signed by Author 0312303831 Author's first novel. 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; save a 1/8 inch tear at the lower front edge near the spine (which is now virtually hidden in mylar protection). Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. This copy is signed by the Author on the title page with the non-personalized inscription, "Aloha, NYC". The Author has dated his signature March 28, 2003; the month and year of publication. Bookseller Inventory # 006172

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Title: Wiley's Lament: A Novel

Publisher: Minotaur Books March 2003

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Jacket present as described

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Wiley's Lament is a violent, profane, and graphic look at a life that has spun off its rails in the wrong part of town, but it's also about remorse, renewal, and the flickering possibility of redemption.

Wiley is a man who ripped his life apart with his bare hands and is now drifting through the remains like a ghost, making ends meet by playing poker when the cards run well enough and ripping off drug dealers when the cards run bad. He is separated from his long-suffering wife-permanently, so far-and his daughter hadn't spoken to him for a year by the time she turns up in a motel room cut deep, too deep to keep breathing, by a really bad man.

Wiley drifts through the nasty underside of Portland's sex industry in search of the murderer, but he takes two steps back for every forward stride. His progress impeded by the life he has been living, Wiley reexamines his existence as the bullets fly, blood flows, and love (or a reasonable facsimile) flickers faintly.

By the time the journey winds to its final dead end, Wiley has begun the process of getting to know himself and the daughter he lost. Where exactly that leaves him remains to be seen, but then that's why sequels were invented.

From the Publisher:

From another impressive newcomer to American crime fiction, Wiley's Lament is the story of a man who's drifting through the remains of his torn-up life like a ghost, playing poker to make ends meet but always on the edge of an abyss, not quite sure whether his minimal efforts at life are worth the trouble.

When the estranged daughter he hasn't spoken to in a year turns up gutted with a sharp knife in a cheap motel room, Wiley's solitary life spins out of control and a violent showdown with both the killer and with his own bloody conscience becomes inevitable. He stalks the nasty underside of Portland's sex industry, jumping at every shadow and taking two steps back for every forward stride. But Wiley is determined to do this one thing right, perhaps to make amends to his lost daughter, or maybe to make peace with his own battered soul.

A brutal, and ultimately heart-rending story of remorse, renewal, and the flickering possibility of redemption, Wiley's Lament signals the emergence of a significant and compelling new voice in the grand tradition of American noir.

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