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Sunshine enemies
Constantine, K. C.
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New York : Mysterious Press, [1990]
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Booklist Review

Actually, Rocksburg Police Chief Mario Balzic drunkenly gets it wrong: What he means to say is "sunshine enemas"--a barroom oxymoron suggesting that, even at its nastiest, life offers its share of pleasant surprises. The nasty part is visible right away, but the sunshine is a little harder to find, as Balzic must deal with a gruesome murder outside a porn shop--29 knife wounds in a man's body and a BMW parked nearby with a gun and a baggie full of white powder inside. Meanwhile, a local preacher badgers Balzic over the porn shop's merchandise. Unsurprisingly, the shop has mob connections; then the preacher turns out to be a fraud. This isn't really a tale of crime and detection, though. It's about family. While Balzic's breaks down, an abused woman comes to him, sure her son has committed a crime. Constantine lets his earlier clues fall where they may. The crime's solution is rendered secondary to the rugged yet tender protagonist's inner torments, barely visible through the tough-guy veneer. A slick, economical use of plot and patter from an expert craftsman. --Peter Robertson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Rocksburg, Pa., police chief Mario Balzic is torn between concern for his feisty mother, who has suffered a stroke, and the demands of a murder case. According to PW , ``This is less police procedural than the direct, affecting story of a crisis that forces the gruff, likable chief to confront mortality in a personal way.'' (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved