KEEPER OF THE FLAME by Jack Batten

KEEPER OF THE FLAME

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A Toronto lawyer accepts another of the unusual cases (Take Five, 2013, etc.) he enjoys.

The generally quiet lives of Crang and his girlfriend, author Annie B. Cooke, are complicated once more when he’s hired by Roger Carnale, executive director of the Flame group, to get his client, the rap singer Flame, out of trouble. Flame lives a quiet life for a popular artist—no scandals, no wild parties, not even a tattoo—but some nasty unpublished lyrics he wrote as a younger man have come back to haunt him when they’re stolen from his mother’s home; a blackmailer demands $8 million to return them. Because Flame’s about to launch what could be an extremely lucrative movie career, Carnale is eager to have Crang quickly retrieve the pages containing those lyrics. When Crang investigates the blackmailer, former priest–turned–eclectic minister Rev. Alton Douglas, he realizes that his church is a cover for a wide range of nefarious activities. With help from his old friend Maury Samuels, an expert in breaking and entering, Crang purloins the lyrics from Douglas’ desk. But the minister's murder plunges Crang into trouble, especially when a second blackmailer appears on the scene. While Annie’s on a road trip promoting her newly published book, Crang investigates rumors of stock fraud and porno moviemaking. His propensity for wisecracking gets him into trouble with some seriously nasty people.

Vodka-sipping, jazz-loving Crang is a clever fellow who adds welcome humor to this sixth noir-light case.

Pub Date: April 26th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-4597-3322-0
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Dundurn
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2016




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