Powered by grief and righteous rage, Aud succeeds in all these tasks and more—far more than some readers will want—in a...

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Ex–Atlanta cop Aud Torvingen’s friend Dornan owns a profitable string of cafés, but he can’t keep his hands on his fiancée. Soon after she accepted his engagement ring, business developer Tammy Foster signed on as a consultant with a firm putting up a mall in Florida. Then the calls began: She’d be another week longer, no, three weeks, four; she’d gone to New York to learn from Geordie Karp, the psychologist advising the clients how wide to make the aisles and where to put the most profitable merchandise. Now, nothing, so Dornan wants Aud (The Blue Place, 1998) to round up Tammy and bring her home. Sunk in mourning for her lover Julia, whose shooting death she blames on herself, Aud is in no mood to take on another case, or even leave her shambles of a home. But it turns out to be surprisingly easy for Aud to locate Tammy in New York, and not all that difficult to persuade her shell-shocked quarry to leave. When Tammy recovers enough to start talking about her sexual thralldom to the monstrous Karp, however, Aud realizes her job has only begun. Aud will have to recover the evidence of her enslavement Karp is holding over Tammy, neutralize the evidence of dozens of other equally sordid affairs, and somehow release Luz Bexar, Karp’s nine-year-old “wife-in-training,” from the foster family that’s tending her in backwoods Arkansas.

Powered by grief and righteous rage, Aud succeeds in all these tasks and more—far more than some readers will want—in a darkly revealing, furiously entertaining adventure.

Pub Date: April 16, 2002

ISBN: 0-385-50300-8

Page Count: 288

Publisher: Nan A. Talese

Review Posted Online: June 24, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 2002

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MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

A murder is committed in a stalled transcontinental train in the Balkans, and every passenger has a watertight alibi. But Hercule Poirot finds a way.

  **Note: This classic Agatha Christie mystery was originally published in England as Murder on the Orient Express, but in the United States as Murder in the Calais Coach.  Kirkus reviewed the book in 1934 under the original US title, but we changed the title in our database to the now recognizable title Murder on the Orient Express.  This is the only name now known for the book.  The reason the US publisher, Dodd Mead, did not use the UK title in 1934 was to avoid confusion with the 1932 Graham Greene novel, Orient Express.

 

Pub Date: Feb. 28, 1934

ISBN: 978-0062073495

Page Count: -

Publisher: Dodd, Mead

Review Posted Online: Sept. 20, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1934

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The parts with Nero Wolfe, the only character Goldsborough brings to life, are almost worth waiting for.

ARCHIE GOES HOME

In Archie Goodwin's 15th adventure since the death of his creator, Rex Stout, his gossipy Aunt Edna Wainwright lures him from 34th Street to his carefully unnamed hometown in Ohio to investigate the death of a well-hated bank president.

Tom Blankenship, the local police chief, thinks there’s no case since Logan Mulgrew shot himself. But Archie’s mother, Marjorie Goodwin, and Aunt Edna know lots of people with reason to have killed him. Mulgrew drove rival banker Charles Purcell out of business, forcing Purcell to get work as an auto mechanic, and foreclosed on dairy farmer Harold Mapes’ spread. Lester Newman is convinced that Mulgrew murdered his ailing wife, Lester’s sister, so that he could romance her nurse, Carrie Yeager. And Donna Newman, Lester’s granddaughter, might have had an eye on her great-uncle’s substantial estate. Nor is Archie limited to mulling over his relatives’ gossip, for Trumpet reporter Verna Kay Padgett, whose apartment window was shot out the night her column raised questions about the alleged suicide, is perfectly willing to publish a floridly actionable summary of the leading suspects that delights her editor, shocks Archie, and infuriates everyone else. The one person missing is Archie’s boss, Nero Wolfe (Death of an Art Collector, 2019, etc.), and fans will breathe a sigh of relief when he appears at Marjorie’s door, debriefs Archie, notices a telltale clue, prepares dinner for everyone, sleeps on his discovery, and arranges a meeting of all parties in Marjorie’s living room in which he names the killer.

The parts with Nero Wolfe, the only character Goldsborough brings to life, are almost worth waiting for.

Pub Date: May 19, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-5040-5988-6

Page Count: 248

Publisher: Mysterious Press

Review Posted Online: March 2, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2020

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