POLAROID MAN by Michael Cormany


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 Chicago pill-popping p.i. Dan Kruger (Rich or Dead, 1990, etc.), barely 30 days sober and moonlighting as a rock-band guitarist, meets a blonde in a bar who wants to hire him--but doesn't say why. The next morning she's dead; her best friend Lisa thinks that Kruger did it; and the Johnson City police are giving him a hard time. What was the late Andrea Gale up to? Despite seriously falling off the wagon, Kruger sorts through two more murders and a blackmail setup, as well as survives several beatings, before finally returning to the Crazy Alm nightclub and the arms of a skinhead-groupie wearing black lipstick. Though Kruger has sort of cleaned up his act--he no longer tries to get his pet bunny, Bugs, stoned--he's still too manufactured a hero to elicit much sympathy: one part cute pet to two parts glib wisecracks to three-fifths a bottle of scotch.

Pub Date: June 1st, 1991
ISBN: 1-55972-069-7
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Birch Lane Press
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1991