NIGHT AND DAY by John Leslie


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 Doesn't anything new ever happen in Gideon Lowry's Key West? The piano player/PI is still mooning over his dead father, Captain Billy, and his dead brother, Carl (Killing Me Softly, 1994); and his friends who aren't under the spell of the Lowry family history think ``everything down here is Hemingway.'' Case in point: Frank Maguire, the estranged husband whom rising one- named pop singer Asia wants Bud Lowry to find so she can divorce him, is the author of Hemingway in Hollywood; Mickey Freeman, the barnstorming cowboy lobbyist who'd been Maguire's contact for a newspaper story on Globe Oil, hoped to buy Hemingway House, a Key West monument, and deed it to Maguire while he flew off into the sunset with Asia; Hemingway House caretaker Wallace Stevens is a Hemingway look-alike; poetry groupie Jocelyn Beatty is a former Hemingway daughter-in-law who owns an unfinished Hemingway manuscript; and Bud's ancient friend Sweets Sweetwater, whom the police arrest for Maguire's unsurprising murder, is a former Hemingway sparring partner. Even Bud's old client Nick Farr, a wannabe writer, has been getting threatening notes from somebody who sure writes like Hemingway. A twenty-one-gun valentine to Papa with enough bluesy atmosphere to choke a seahorse. Not up to Bud's moody debut, though.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-671-86422-X
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Pocket
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 1995


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