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The lion at the door
Thornburg, Newton.
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First edition.
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New York : Morrow, 1990.
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261 pages ; 25 cm
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In The Lion At The Door, Newton Thornburg returns to the form that made his To Die In California a bestseller. . . . a tought tale, in language as well as in action, with suspense stretched wiretight. -- Christian Science Monitor.

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Booklist Review

It seemed to Tom Kohl like his life had finally bottomed out. After burying both his parents, having his wife leave him, and losing the family farm in rural Illinois, he moves to Seattle to live with boyhood pal Ken. He works long hours as a laborer, enduring contempt from upscale women in trendy bars and from Dianne, Ken's Yuppie girlfriend. Things change when Ken gets drunk and kills a Mob-connected pedestrian in a hit-and-run accident. Ken falls to pieces, and Kohl finds himself with two lives to salvage--his own and Ken's. Women present further problems: there's Dianne, who rises in Kohl's estimations as Ken becomes more psychotic, and there's Bobbi, a waitress with an eye for the main chance, who may or may not have Kohl's best interests at heart. In the Elmore Leonard tradition, though lacking the master's light touch with dark humor, this novel by the author of To Die in California (Little, Brown, 1973), is fueled with enough enigmatically flawed characters and poignantly wasted dreams to engage our sympathy and hold our attention. --Peter Robertson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Thornburg, the author of eight previous novels including the bestselling To Die in California and the highly praised Cutter and Bone , can be counted upon for a competent thriller. He delivers as expected in this latest outing, although at a pace that may be just a bit slow for some readers. Tom Kohl is a man down on his luck--he's lost his wife, both his parents and the family farm in recent months, and is trying to put his life back together while staying with his cousin Ken in Seattle. Ken has problems of his own, including his deteriorating relationship with his girlfriend Diane, a beautiful yuppie realtor. Problems increase after Ken kills a mobster in a hit-and-run automobile accident and Tom tries to help him cover it up. Before it's all over, several more people are dead and Tom is forced to resolve his complicated feelings for Diane and cocktail waitress Bobbi, as well as to learn a great deal about his own resources and capabilities. Mystery Book Club alternate. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved