THE CONDO KILL by Richard Barth


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A return visit to New York's Upper West Side, with the author's feisty senior-citizen sleuth Margaret Binton and her small, spirited group of friends (The Rag Bag Clan). Margaret's much concerned about the efforts of would-be real estate mogul Jason Farrell to rid himself of Angelo Varonetti and Thelma Winters, the last two tenants in a small apartment house he owns that's to be the core of a huge complex. Farrell has a deadline and his nastiness grows ever more brazen--from no heat, roach invasions, broken locks and practicing rock-bands to attempted bodily harm by his thug Luther, Margaret and Co. manage to sabotage the sale of apartments in one of Farrell's classy new buildings, but that doesn't stop the murder of Angelo. Now only Thelma is left and, even under Margaret's protective wing, she barely escapes with her life. Eventually, though, Thelma gets her revenge and Angelo's in a grim, final confrontation with the enemy. A blackhearted villain to hiss and a scalpel-sharp, sweet-natured heroine to like make a slightly sentimental, trim and timely story that's warmly entertaining.

Pub Date: Nov. 19th, 1985
Publisher: Scribners