SCHEDULE TWO by Gaylord Dold


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 Grace Wu's been undercover for two years, gradually moving up in the ranks of San Francisco's narcotics trade. Her sale of a pound of coke to Clemente Moreno went off without a hitch, and the low-level Moreno seems to trust her. But now it's time for the big score--a deal with Kyungmoon Nho, a ruthless kidnapper and a man who doesn't mind killing his competition. Backed up by Elgin Lightfoot (DEA) and Lt. John Zito (SFPD), Grace is all set for a $100,000 buy from Nho. She doesn't know that Zito, a classic abuser strung out on coke and vodka, is ready to sell her out for a slice of Moreno's small-beer action. Dold (Bay of Sorrows, 1995, etc.), who presents the first half of this postcard from the pit with grim authority, ratchets up the tension by his telling close-ups of the seemingly endless moments just before things begin to go lethally wrong. It's only after the worst happens to Grace that the menace turns routine.

Pub Date: Sept. 12th, 1996
ISBN: 0-312-14730-X
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Dunne/St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1996


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