GREASING THE PIÑATA by Tim Maleeny

GREASING THE PIÑATA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Private eye Cape Weathers investigates a double death in the family.

Once upon a time, Rebecca Dobbins had a proper set of close relatives. Now they’re gone, suddenly vanished, leaving her heartbroken and desperate for answers. What happened to her dad, a California State Senator, and her beloved younger brother Danny? Where are they? It’s not a case calculated to appeal to Cape, who has a long-standing, visceral dislike of politicians. Still, as every shamus knows, peepers can’t be choosers. And of course Rebecca is very pretty, and Cape is famously susceptible. He doesn’t break much of a sweat locating Rebecca’s missing persons. A week after tracking them to Puerto Vallarta, Cape has a sit-down with Mexico’s Chief Inspector Oscar Garcia, who tells him that the dead and dismembered corpses found on a local golf course are those of Dobbins and son. Does that meeting end the case? Of course not. Neither Cape nor Sally, his hard-kicking, Triad-trained sidekick (Beating the Babushka, 2007, etc.), is the type to quit a still-breathing investigation—not without page after page of biff-bang-bop, the chorus that so often accompanies an underimagined story line.

An amusing, often quite entertaining duo, Cape and Sally might truly shine given something more substantive than this disjointed farrago.

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-59058-566-5
Page count: 342pp
Publisher: Poisoned Pen
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2008




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