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  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
  • AudioGO Limited
  • Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • Large type / large print
  • Large Print edition
  • 0745194125
  • 9780745194127

Review Text

Not to be confused with J. C. S. Smith's middle-aged, richly characterized sleuth Jacoby, Randisi's shamus Miles Jacoby - now moving from paperback originals into hard-cover - is a standard-issue, hardboiled tough guy, an ex-boxer in N.Y.C. This time Miles has two simultaneous cases - which, more predictably than in most such set-ups, turn out to be secretly connected. Case #1: finding out who really killed tacky playboy/gambler Alan Cross, since Jacoby doesn't believe (as do the cops) that it was honorable bookie Nok Woo Lee. Case #2: locating missing karate student Melanie Saberhagen, 17 - who fairly soon turns up dead, floating in the Hudson. So Jacoby spends time at Melanie's karate school, where one of her classmates is surprisingly hostile; he also looks up all the other bookies whom Cross dealt with. But the big break in the case comes when Jacoby discovers that Cross was producing porno-movies, that several of the karate-class girls were involved - and, one or two corpses later, that the two original murders are indeed closely (if not too plausibly) connected. Sluggishly paced, short on class or style, but passable fare for old-school fans of the hard-boiled school - complete with a cutesy, injoke tribute to colleague Max Allan Collins, who did his in-jokey bit in Kill Your Darlings, p. 827. (Kirkus Reviews)
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