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Ellipsis : a John Marshall Tanner novel
Greenleaf, Stephen.
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New York : Scribner, [2000]

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265 pages ; 25 cm
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In the latest installment in his acclaimed series, award-winning crime novelist Stephen Greenleaf delivers the sexiest, fastest story to date in the life of San Francisco P.I. Marsh Tanner. Author Chandelier Wells is scared. Someone is sending her notes that read: If you don't stop it you will die. Stop what? Chandelier doesn't know, or she's not telling. It's the kind of case Tanner doesn't usually accept: bodyguard to an alluring, world-famous writer. But this time he can't say no. Chandelier knows people who mean a lot to him and when a car bomb comes too close for comfort, the chase is officially on and the suspects are many. There's the jealous writer who accuses Chandelier of plagiarism, the real estate mogul she rejected, and, of course, her ex-husband. Tanner must negotiate the complex turns of Chandelier's life to find the answer. Along the way, Tanner explores his own relationships, unaware that his life is about to take a dramatic turn.

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Booklist Review

Chandelier Wells is a fabulously successful author who taps into readers' hearts in the manner of Oprah Winfrey. Not too many years ago, she was overweight and in an abusive relationship. That changed quickly, but on the way to success, she made enemies; among them, her greedy ex-husband, a rejected suitor, and jealous fellow authors. Someone is making threats, and they seem real enough to hire San Francisco private investigator Marsh Tanner to act as Wells' bodyguard as he determines the source of the threats. It seems overly dramatic and nonthreatening to Tanner until a car bomb severely injures Wells and kills her driver. Motivated by his failure to protect his client, Tanner intensifies his investigation and soon finds himself on a crash course with a group of corrupt cops responsible for the death of Tanner's best friend, Charley Sleet. This consistently superior series continues to challenge readers with complex plots that often force Tanner into difficult ethical dilemmas. Mainstream hard-boiled fare in the grand tradition. --Wes Lukowsky

Publisher's Weekly Review

Still smarting from having been forced to shoot dead his best friend and rogue cop, Charley Sleet, in 1997's Past Tense, San Francisco PI John Marshall Tanner must protect a famous novelist in this high octane addition to a justly acclaimed sleuthing series. Imperious megaseller Chandelier Wells is at the receiving end of death threats. Naturally, her tempestuous lifestyle comes with the usual detritus: an embittered ex-husband who claims she owes him everything, a demented fan decked out in costumes taken from the author's pages, an insecure agent about to be left in the dust and a hapless unpublished author shouting accusations of plagiarism. Wells is mythically unpleasant, so Tanner takes a decidedly laid-back view of this gig, until a car bomb kills the author's driver, a former FBI agent. The subplots include Tanner's approaching 50th birthday, his elderly neighbor's attempts to cash in on a magazine's lofty sweepstakes claim and his romance with an assistant DA that seems to require selling out sources as tokens of affection. The solution is light by Greenleaf's usual high standards, but the plot has an irresistible momentum, and Tanner's emotional evolution continues to fascinate. Then there's the moment when a trio of publishing women eagerly watches as Tanner enters a restaurant. As Greenleaf puts it, "The three of them looked up expectantly, as if I were bringing an advance copy of Publishers Weekly." (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Greenleaf (Strawberry Sunday) delivers an entertaining but ultimately disappointing addition to his John Marshall Tanner series. The San Francisco private investigator takes on the assignment of protecting rich and famous novelist Chandelier Wells against death threats. Despite Tanner!s surveillance, a bomb explodes in her limousine, seriously injuring Wells and killing her chauffeur. His investigation and questioning of potential suspects leads Tanner to the Triad, a corrupt police group that Tanner!s good friend Charley Sleet went after in Past Tense. When Tanner confronts the bad guys, the police arrests them"so much for suspense. The ending, which has Tanner inheriting neighbor Pearl Gibson!s millions in prize winnings and acting tearfully grateful at a party given for him, lacks depth and authenticity. Although Greenleaf!s prose and repartee could not be better, many characters are flat, and there is precious little dramatic effort on Tanner!s part. Recommended with reservations for larger collections."Michelle Foyt, Russell Lib., Middletown, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.