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By Thomas Perry

ISBN-10: 0151015228

ISBN-13: 9780151015221

A bracing and ingeniously forged L.A. crime novel from Edgar Award–winner Thomas Perry

 

An getting older yet bold strip membership proprietor, Claudiu “Manco” Kapak, is robbed through a masked gunman as he areas his money receipts in a bank’s night-deposit field. Enraged, he sends out part a dozen defense males to discover the witless wrongdoer. Their seek leads them to Joe Carver, an blameless yet infrequently defenseless newcomer who evades catch and units out to make Kapak want he’d detailed another person. in the meantime, the genuine burglar, Jefferson Davis Falkins, and his new female friend Carrie appear to think they’ve came upon an entire new career: robbing Manco Kapak. Lieutenant Nick Slosser, the police detective accountable for the confusing and more and more violent case, has his personal issues, together with concerns approximately how he’s going to come up with the money for to ship the oldest baby of every of his bigamous marriages to school with no making their moms suspicious. As this unusual sequence of occasions explodes right into a triple killing, Carver unearths himself in the course of a brewing gang conflict over Kapak’s little empire, whereas Falkins and Carrie trip into territory extra harmful than they can have ever imagined.

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The crews had been accelerating for weeks. Soon he would have to stop sleeping in the cab of the big crane, and that disappointed him. There were other places for him, but they were all inferior to the tower crane. On this site there were high fences with coiled razor wire to keep intruders out, and even if thieves cut their way in looking for tools or building materials, they weren’t about to climb two hundred and fifty feet to find Carver asleep in the cab. He judged that he would have to find his next place within a week.

He could see police helicopters circling a distant patch of dark green trees. Now and then a cone of light would shine down from a helicopter’s belly and illuminate a little circle of green. He was sitting in the crane operator’s seat, watching the lights of a fire truck weaving up Beverly Boulevard, when he saw two big SUVs arrive at the gate of his construction site. They were both Hummers, both black. From above they looked like two small, shiny black boxes, all squared corners. He couldn’t see the passengers because the windows were tinted, but they couldn’t be anyone he wanted to meet.

Kapak switched off the call and tossed the phone across the living room to Spence. ” “No” “Idiots” he said. ” There was a mixture of resentment and amazement in his expression. Spence was aware that no answer was expected of him. He stood with the telephone in his hand and waited while Manco Kapak stepped to the large sliding-glass window that overlooked the sandstone path between Australian black gum trees and sago palms and through a jungle of tropical plants. Kapak absently scratched his bulbous belly in front of the window.

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