A CARROT FOR THE DONKEY by Les Roberts

A CARROT FOR THE DONKEY

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L.A. actor/sleuth Saxon's third venture (Not Enough Horses; An Infinite Number of Monkeys) finds him toughing it out south of the border--in search of movie-mogul Mark Evering's drugged-out daughter Merissa, who took off for there with a sleaze lawyer, 40-ish Martin Swanner, whose money comes from junk and defrauding illegal aliens. When Saxon mentions Swanner's name, all of Tijuana cringes away, and the intrepid sleuth is soon the n£mero uno suspect when Swanner is eviscerated and hung from the bathroom door hook. Confiscating the bullfight tickets in the dead man's pocket, Saxon sits in his box, meets the enigmatic Carmen; her husband and Swanner's business partner in smuggling aliens, Rafael Iglesias; and crummy lawyer Jesus Delgado, who may be responsible for the goons on Saxon's tail. At an after-the-bullfight party, Saxon humiliates matador Pepe, threatens Rafael, who's soon found dead--also eviscerated--and is again in trouble with police Sergeant Ochoa. Several punch-outs later, Saxon locates Merissa in the local whorehouse, escapes with her but has to mn over Delgado first (Ochoa accepts his plea of self-defense). Meanwhile, Pepe, madly in love with Carmen, admits to killing Rafael and Swanner in order to take over the business and the girl; but Saxon's not buying and, in a long, tell-me-what-happened chat, hears the real instigator's confession. Slicker than its predecessors, with less overheated prose. Not particularly original, but certainly in control of the stereotypes. Overall: fast, violent, and typically hard-boiled.

Pub Date: April 17th, 1989
ISBN: 312-02554-8
Publisher: St. Martin's
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