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The naked eye : a Nebraska mystery
Reynolds, William J.
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New York : Putnam, [1990]

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Booklist Review

The detective is named Nebraska. Yes, it's an odd name; confusing, too, since he lives and works in Nebraska. In this fifth entry in a critically acclaimed series, Nebraska goes to Minnesota, where he tracks down a young male runaway and splatters the nose of local blowhard Steven Dimand, the would-be abductor, all over his face. Dimand swears revenge. Operating under three separate aliases, Nebraska takes off for the Twin Cities. The trail soon leads to Joshua Fienman, a powerful businessman providing the muscle now chasing Nebraska. The detective gets friendly with Josh, they both end up chasing a suitcase full of cocaine, and the incognito dick finds himself getting friendly with Josh's sister, Sharon. The new locale makes a nice change for the Nebraska series, which tends to overdo the small-town quaintness. Despite an occasional misstep--Does combing one's hair back and donning a pair of funny glasses really make for an effective disguise?--Reynolds again offer a sizzling plot and a wealth of characters who seldom need much encouragement to fire off an affectionate parody of classic gumshoe-speak. A fine series. --Peter Robertson

Publisher's Weekly Review

The Omaha-based private eye of Reynolds's praised series, Nebraska, traces a runaway teenage boy to Minnesota. Persuading the youth to leave his rich seducer, Steve Dimand, and return to his parents, the detective considers the case closed. But attempts on Nebraska's life soon convince him that he has made an implacable enemy, backed by powerful forces. To protect himself and friends, who are endangered by their association with him, Nebraska goes incognito to investigate Dimand's business interests. The trail leads to the man's cousins, co-owners of a company that the detective suspects is a cover for shady dealings. It's a swamp that nearly swallows him whole, raising the reader's hackles with each disclosure of hideous crimes. The only drag on this action-packed story is its wordiness; otherwise it's a solid hit. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved