AND THEN YOU DIE by James E. Martin


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 The third outing for Cleveland shamus Gil Disbro finds him flying to Nevada in search of millionaire Boyd Lassiter's estranged wife, Renee, now mysteriously missing from a dude ranch. Then, peculiarly, she returns to Ohio and is forcibly escorted to a private club--where a pimp works her over before Disbro steps in and rescues her. By the time he gets her home, Lassiter has been murdered; his bodyguard/chauffeur is found dead; and his houseboy dies soon thereafter. With girlfriend Helen in tow, Disbro again flies to Nevada to check out Renee's recent past and discovers a gigolo cowpuncher, a cache of recreational drugs that may have been sent to Renee by Lassiter, and the coyote-chewed body of Renee's friend Shana out in the desert. Did Lassiter love or hate Renee? Did Shana look enough like Renee to use her I.D. and charge cards? Are cops in two states mad at Disbro for not filling them in as he unravels pieces of the puzzle? A few punch-'em-ups later, the greedy ones cave in--but not before Helen takes a beating at the gaming tables and Disbro gathers the suspects together to Explain All. Glib, without the grittiness of The Mercy Trap but, unfortunately, with an all-too-transparent is-she-isn't-she switch and thugs galore. A so-so effort.

Pub Date: June 16th, 1992
ISBN: 0-688-11198-X
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1992