Books by Thomas Lipinski

Released: July 12, 1996

With his days as Al Rosek's replacement bartender numbered by the return of Rosek's regular man, Pittsburgh gumshoe Carroll Dorsey finds himself getting pulled back into investigative work by old Mrs. Leneski, who's convinced that neighborhood junkies have made off with her granddaughter, Maritsa Durant, missing for two months. Maritsa's troubles have their start close to home, since her father, Teddy Durant, is so strung out on dope that the girl had been living with her grandmother. Those troubles go much deeper, though, as Dorsey realizes when he searches Teddy's filthy rooms and finds one of Maritsa's favorite books with her place marked by a prescription blank from Dr. Anton Novotny, the local candy man and connoisseur of young females. But even Novotny, a postwar German refugee as ageless as a vampire, pales beside the corruption of Dorsey's own father, the Pittsburgh politico, lately toppled by a stroke, whose calamitous legacy is far outliving his power. Dorsey's scrabble among the maggots is unrelieved by any glimmer of hope: Even his sex life, as he bounces back and forth between his keep-your-distance lover Dr. Gretchen Keller and pushy cop Janice Manning (whose romantic overture is ``What would you say to an offer of getting laid?'') is a downer. Even darker than Dorsey's grim debut, The Fall-Down Artist (1994): perfect reading material for one of those rainy days you wish would go on forever. Read full book review >
THE FALL-DOWN ARTIST by Thomas Lipinski
Released: April 18, 1994

Carroll Dorsey's been on the run all his life, it seems, from his political kingmaker father: He quit law school, enlisted in the army, and ended up in what Martin Dorsey considers a dead-end job as a freelance insurance investigator. But now things are looking up: Ray Corso, claims manager at Fidelity Casualty, has been throwing a lot of insurance-fraud cases Dorsey's way; Dorsey's found enough links among a few of those cases to suggest a large- scale conspiracy that could make his reputation; and his father wants to salve his conscience by throwing a big bundle of money at him. But when Dorsey is recognized at a rally of Movement Together, a strong-arm labor group headed by juggernaut priest Father Andrew Jancek, the resulting melee makes him Pittsburgh's most wanted, and least popular, man. Fighting union organizers, political strongmen, his own employers, and Movement Together's forked-tongue lawyer, Jack ``Personal Injury'' Stockman, Dorsey struggles to make a case against Jancek and Stockman before they can put him away for good. A first novel that combines a tangy serving of beer-soaked Pittsburgh atmosphere with a robustly satisfying yarn. Read full book review >