SUMMER COOL by Al Sarrantonio


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 When her husband Bobby, a Yonkers cop, goes out for ice cream one hot night and never comes back--pausing in his flight only long enough to make an abusive 4 a.m. phone call and clean out their bank accounts--Terry Petty calls Bobby's old friend and former colleague, stargazing shamus Jack Paine (who debuted in Cold Night, 1989). Following a trail of beheaded corpses, Paine eventually ties Bobby in to an off-the-books DEA covert operation in Cambodia--and to a finger- waving indictment of just about everybody who's ever held a public trust. ``This thing makes Iran-Contra look like baby puke,'' warns Paine's pal Billy Rader--but the writing, the plotting, and the people here are so routine that they scarcely make an impression apart from the frequency and ferocity of the violence. Sleep well, America.

Pub Date: Aug. 16th, 1993
ISBN: 0-8027-3235-6
Page count: 156pp
Publisher: Walker
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1993