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August nights : a Sydney Bryant mystery
Wallace, Patricia (Patricia Wallace Estrada)
Publication Information:
Waterville, Me. : Five Star, 2002.
Physical Description:
259 pages ; 23 cm.
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Sydney takes on a 15-year-old case, a bride and groom found murdered on their wedding day. Who would do such a thing, and why? Sydney finds the puzzle not only difficult but deadly.

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Booklist Review

Wallace's San Diego private eye Sydney Bryant--Small Favors (1988), Deadly Grounds (1989), Blood Lies (1991), and Deadly Devotion (1994)--must cope with a great deal as she begins her fifth adventure. Her mother wants her to get married as soon as possible, preferably to someone other than her fiance. Her business partner, Xavier Walker, learns that a skull discovered in the desert near Reno is linked to the unsolved murder of a young bride, a case Walker worked on as a police officer 15 years ago. Walker asks Sydney to go to Reno to reopen the investigation; when she arrives, she meets the usual hostility from the local sheriff and uncovers a tangled web of dysfunctional relationships and betrayal. The Reno setting, with its stark desert, noisy casinos, and eccentric inhabitants, adds color to a well-crafted plot. Sydney, strong, smart, and just a bit vulnerable, has earned her place among such popular female California sleuths as Marcia Muller's Sharon McCone and Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone. Barbara Bibel.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Spunky PI Sydney Bryant returns to solve a 15-year-old murder case with the able help of retired cop and partner-in-crime-investigation Xavier Walker in August Nights: A Sydney Bryant Mystery, by the Shamus Award-nominated Patricia Wallace. In 1985, Xavier found a young bride dead on the side of the road, and everything about the case has continued to haunt him so when the missing suspect turns out to have been killed that day, too, the duo decide to find out the truth, even as the killer comes closer and begins to threaten them as well. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved