Title: a.k.a. Shelia Weinstein: A Novel of Crime
Publisher: Carroll & Graf
Publication Date: 2003
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
Signed by Author 0786711914 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. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. This copy is signed by the Author on the title page without inscription. Bookseller Inventory # 006182
Synopsis: Without looking back, casting a bad marriage and going-nowhere stage career behind her, forty-something Sheila Mackenzie, nee Ryan, took a lover, discovered crime, embraced danger, and reinvented herself under an alias in a.k.a. Sheila Doyle. Tough, wild, and sexy, she returns for another excursion into a steamy south Florida underworld of Orthodox Jewish hit men and lesbian pimps in this hard-boiled, hotly paced sequel. Sheila and Bobby Squared, her devilishly magnetic Cherokee from North Carolina who dances in strip clubs when he?s not running guns or drugs, again hitch up with Bobby?s shady business partner Sol Bilstein, as well as a flamboyantly gay black hairdresser, Sampson de la Plaine (a.k.a. Reggie Johnson)?this time for a heist that very quickly goes bad, deadly, and dangerous. Indeed, the ruthless and menacing Angela Scarpetti?also known as Angel Scot or, more familiarly, the White Witch?and Neanderthal hit man Billy the Bear prove to be foe enough to transform the recklessly passionate Sheila Doyle into a harder, colder, more formidable Sheila Weinstein.
From Publishers Weekly:
In this nasty Florida underworld romp, the sequel to A.K.A. Sheila Doyle (2002), Jordan's antiheroine, the former Sheila Ryan, must deal with unfinished business from her previous illegalities before she can reunite with her lover and partner in crime, Bobby Squared. Opportunity soon presents itself when a gay black hairdresser crosses their path and provides them with inside information that could lead to one of the biggest scores in their career. Sheila uses her training as an actress to transform herself into the divorced Sheila Weinstein, who manages to master her inhibitions in order to join a stable of high-priced escorts who work for the White Witch, a lesbian gangster. Unfortunately, cliched characters walk through a predictable and slow-moving plot against a perfunctory Florida backdrop. Sheila and her crew aren't even competent thieves; having gained an initial victory over the White Witch, these "experienced pros" don't even consider that their adversary might seek retribution. Jordan devotes most of his energy to depicting oral sex better suited to a pornography magazine than, as described in the press release, "A Novel of Crime." Numerous popular-culture celebrities also come in for gratuitous insults. Callous violence only adds to the unpleasantness. Leonard and Hiaasen fans are advised to steer clear.
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