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by Jason Pinter

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense

2007 First Mystery Nominee

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Pinter's debut novel showcases his fresh, witty voice and appreciation of the writers who've gone before him in the genre. Henry's a terrific amateur sleuth, and if he survives this adventure, readers will undoubtedly look forward to many more.

Landing his dream job as a reporter at a prestigious New York newspaper at the age of 24 makes Henry Parker the luckiest guy in Bend, Ore.
It means following in the footsteps of
the greats, including his hero, Jack O'Donnell -- but not before a stint
writing obituaries.

Then O'Donnell takes pity on Henry and asks him to interview an ex-convict for an article he's writing. Henry's thrilled -- until he finds himself in the middle of a drug deal gone wrong and suspected of murdering a cop. Henry has little choice but to lay low, try to keep ahead of the dead man's brother-in-law, FBI agent Joe Mauser, and
avoid a contract killer known only as the Ringer at all costs. All of which is easier said than done. (MIRA, Jul., 352 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Catherine Witmer

Publisher: Mira

Published: July 2007

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