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Dying for Dana
Patton, Jim, 1953-
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First edition.
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New York : Forge, [2003]

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316 pages ; 22 cm
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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Max Travis is one of the country's best prosecutors. In court, few can match his determination to bring criminals to justice, even if it's at the expense of his own personal life. When two of Max's close friends are the victims of a violent robbery, that leaves one of them critically injured, Max begins an investigation into the crime, only to have life throw him a curve ball in the form of Dana Waverleigh-a beautiful woman who may just turn out to be the love of his life. But there are things about Dana that Max hasn't discovered. Running from the past, Dana is trying to escape her ex-lover, Jack Nizhl,, one of the robbers in Max's case. When Jack learns of Dana's involvement with Max, he pressures her for information, causing her to question where her true love lies. All the while, Jack's partner, an unbalanced meth addict, comes closer and closer to taking out any and all people who might have a hand in bringing him in, including his partner's former lover. As Max becomes further entangled in this dangerous web of deceit, he no longer knows whom he can trust, only that if he doesn't bring in the criminals soon, he and the woman he's grown to love may be the next victims.

Author Notes

Jim Patton lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Booklist Review

Highwire is a former NBA star turned sports commentator on Portland television. Roop owns the city's hottest nightspot. Both are pals with top prosecutor Max Travis. When burglars bust into Roop's pad to steal 30 large from his home safe and leave Highwire critically wounded, Max takes a personal interest in the case. It was obviously an inside job. Meanwhile, Max has fallen head over heels for Dana Waverleigh, a hairdresser with a secret life on the fringes of Portland's sex trade. Max's judgment is clouded by his heart (and his libido), but eventually he can't help but notice that Highwire's shooting and the continuing body count all seem vaguely linked to Dana. Hairline cracks develop in their relationship as Max attempts to connect the dots. Patton aims for the hip, spare narrative style of Elmore Leonard and the same street patois in his dialogue. He doesn't always hit the target but comes close enough, often enough, to make this an enjoyable crime thriller centered on a woman whose looks promise paradise but deliver hell. --Wes Lukowsky Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

In the three years since his ace debut, The Shake, Patton has sharpened his already considerable thriller skills. His second crime novel is an outrageously sad, mordantly hilarious story of love gone wrong. When Max Travis (a Portland, Ore., prosecutor with a high conviction record and a low score on lasting relationships, whom Patton introduced in The Shake) meets Dana Waverleigh (a beautiful blonde hairdresser with two children, three ex-husbands and a stupefyingly low sense of self-esteem), the results are literally lethal. Max thinks he's finally met the girl of his dreams the one who will put up with his workaholic ways and she sees a pleasant guy who might keep her and her sleazy boyfriend, Jack Nizhl, up-to-date on a murder investigation that involves them both. Complicating matters deeply is Jack's partner in crime, Nicky Bortolotti, a psychotic, racist crankhead who models himself on the Edward G. Robinson character in Little Caesar and whose chosen method of picking up women involves a loaded shotgun. There's a small problem of balance, since the lowlifes including Dana, a touching figure pulled down into the mire on virtually every occasion are more compelling than Max and his cop and bartender buddies. But Patton is so good at bringing his bloody story to life that readers will probably wind up sharing the praise that George Pelecanos no slouch at orchestrating colorful violence himself lavishes on Patton in a back-cover blurb. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved