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The perpetrators
Phillips, Gary, 1955-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Los Angeles, CA : UglyTown, [2002]

Physical Description:
173 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
A smooth cat who labels himself an expeditor must survive a gauntlet of hitters and freaks in Tijuana, Mexico to deliver his client alive to her destination. She's a high-maintenance drug queen who's made a deal with the top cop in Sacramento. By all means of transportation, the two make their way north, dodging devastation and busting some heads. Battered but not out, our man races to complete his assignment only to find out all ain't what it seems--but then, he's not getting two million just to look good. And handling fools, no matter how they trip, comes with the territory.
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X Adult Fiction Popular Materials-Urban Fiction
X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Adult Fiction Urban Fiction

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Marley and Lina, two people who live outside the law, find themselves on a no-holds-barred race against time. With the clock ticking, the story jumps off in the border town of Tijuana, Mexico. By all means of transportation and dodging devastation - and busting some heads themselves - the two make their way north while behind-the-scenes machinations go down.

'This is the dark ride, the wild loop-de-loop, the kind of trip that snaps out of the gate and presses you back into your seat, until finally, you come to a stop, breathless, dazed, drained ... and waiting for the next chance to score some Gary Phillips!' - Greg Rucka, Critical Space

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Booklist Review

Marley is an expeditor. He moves stuff--or people, if need be--from one location to another. He has 24 hours to move Lina Guzman, heiress to a Mexican drug fortune, from Tijuana into the U.S. What should be a cruise-control Sunday drive turns into a NASCAR-meets-the-WWF spectacle seasoned with enough weaponry to fuel a Third-World insurrection. Chief among the evildoers out to foil Marley is Samson Twelvetrees, who wants Guzman's empire for himself. Stir in corrupt government officials, padded cops, and assorted armed thugs with murky motives, and we have what amounts to a literary video game. In the center of the maelstrom are Marley and Lina, who can't find the time to catalyze their obvious chemistry because they are too busy shooting, punching, kicking, and stabbing. The dialogue between the two is in the best tradition of Tracy-Hepburn distilled to its underlying, four-letter essence. This is no-frills fun for those who like their crime novels brimming with nonstop action and scented with cordite. Here's hoping Marley reloads for another adventure in the future. --Wes Lukowsky