BOTTOM LINER BLUES by K.C. Constantine


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 A tenth appearance for Rocksburg, Pennsylvania, police chief Mario Balzic (Sunshine Enemies, 1990, etc.)--who, here, has three problems on his hands: a woman has gotten it into her head that her husband wants to beat up his girlfriend's new boyfriend; Mario's lonely wife, Ruthie, says she'd like to dissolve their marriage contract and start all over--with Mario talking to her instead of yelling; and Myushkin, a broke Russian-American writer, is brandishing a gun and forcing Mario to listen to his diatribe against libraries that rip him off ``in direct violation of the Fifth, Thirteenth, and Fourteenth Amendments''--a diatribe against library inequities that goes on for the better part of a hundred pages. Moreover, Mario's Iwo Jima nightmare is breaking through decades of repression; and the crimes, plights, and pleas that he's confronting don't really stop so much as go on hiatus. Dialogue par excellence, and saloon philosophers aplenty, but a failure as a mystery: Do the crimes perpetrated on writers by public libraries build a plot or merely a soapbox?

Pub Date: May 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-89296-289-5
Page count: 256pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1993


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