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Title:
Diamond in the buff
Author:
Dunlap, Susan.
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Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1990.
General Note:
"A Thomas Dunne book."

"A Jill Smith mystery."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780312038144
Format :
Book

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The prospect of a pleasant day with her partner/lover is dashed for California detective Jill Smith when she is called in to investigate a felony assault on a nude, sunbathing dentist who claims he was attacked by a branch of a eucalyptus tree. In this fifth novel featuring the smart and sassy Detective Smith, what appears to be the latest episode in a silly feud between neighbors turns deadly serious when the body of a likable but opportunistic young man is found catapulted from his sundeck down the mountainside. While investigating this seemingly motiveless murder, Smith encounters a cross section of eccentrics that includes a foot masseuse, a lady mountaineer and an obsessive lawn waterer, in this romp through the Berkeley Hills. Although a couple of coincidences strain the reader's credibility, this witty police procedural reveals much about life among the denizens of this university town and a knowledge of some of the quirks of its legal system--especially as it pertains to trees. Detective Book Club selection. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved