By Don Winslow
Sometime pupil and ever-reluctant detective Neal Carey may otherwise be completing a lifeless doctoral thesis than staring down the nostril of a loaded gun-- yet his new project does not sound risky. All he is bought to do is pull off the final word makeover: flip Polly Paget-- a gum-chewing, foul-mouthed, big-haried broad-- right into a ideal girl in time to testify in a rape case opposed to Jack Landis, head of the relatives Cable community and America's so much cherished kinfolk guy. yet Polly is not cooperating, and everyone-- together with a former FBI agent, and an obsessive-compulsive hitman, the Mafia, a porn prince, and a slew of tabloid reporters-- is on her path turning Neal's "simple" project right into a lethal online game of duck-duck-goose.
In a hellish and hilarious escapade that takes him from the deserts of Nevada to the brilliant lighting fixtures of Las Vegas, and eventually to a hair-raising climax in a shoddily equipped amusment park, Neal attempts to flee the mob's significant weapons whereas taking a slippery stroll up the world's greatest water slide.
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It had been twenty years since he had gone to bed with a woman who looked anything like Ms. Haber and he knew he wasn’t going to have that pleasure if he lived another twenty, which was unlikely. So looking at the pictures was like being broke and hungry and standing outside the Carnegie Deli with one’s nose pressed to the window. “Certainly,” Withers said. He vaguely recalled some punch line about “not recognizing you with your clothes on” but didn’t chance it. “I want Polly Paget in my magazine,” Scarpelli said, getting back to business.
I dunno,” Graham answered. “The cops didn’t believe he raped me,” Polly said to Karen. “I mean, I was balling the guy for a year, right, and then I cry rape. ” Karen was helping Polly put her underwear away in the small guest room. This was no easy task. Polly had a lot of underclothes. “Jack is no great shakes in the sack anyway, to tell you the truth,” Polly continued, “but who would be married to ‘Canned-Ice’—that’s what he used to call his wife. I mean, where would he get the practice, right?
Were? Neal thought. This didn’t sound good. ” Neal asked. ” Why would I want to do something like that? Neal thought. ” Neal asked. The “you” in this case being Kitteredge’s bank in Providence, Rhode Island. “The usual,” Graham said. Washington politicians were about as hard to purchase as magazine subscriptions, although you did have to renew them more often. Besides, the feds didn’t have much of a hard-on for this case. If someone did them a favor by disposing of a dirtbag neo-Nazi like Strekker, well, it was one less dirtbag they had to worry about.