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Burns, Rex.
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New York, NY : Viking, 1990.
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Booklist Review

In this second in a series of Denver-based mysteries starring private investigator Devlin Kirk, author Rex Burns won't be hurried into revealing his plot. By the time we've drifted into chapter 11, Dev and his tough-talking sidekick Bunch are still fiddling with low-grade security gigs and some pro bono cases, trying to decide what three missing persons have in common. All are illegal aliens from El Salvador, two are pregnant women, all roomed at one time at a seedy, extremely overpriced rooming house belonging to one Senora Chiquichano. The good Senora is linked to a local doctor who performed a battery of highly unusual tests on the three missing people. At around the half-way mark, after Dev and Bunch have stumbled their way through a routine surveillance job for an insurance company, the sad scheme finally unfolds: bodies for spare parts--lucrative spare parts. Those who require their mysteries extrapolated in traditional linear fashion may well be frustrated by Burns' meandering pace, but those who savor a sustained level of anticipation, some sleaze-soaked wrinkles on the Mile High locale, and a delayed but artful slotting together of random facts will have no trouble adapting to the subtle yet insistent rhythms of Dev Kirk at work. ~--Peter Robertson

Publisher's Weekly Review

The second Devlin Kirk mystery ( Suicide Season ) from the author of the Gabe Wager series involves the Denver PI with a biker gang, a series of missing illegal immigrants and a graphically described business in organ transplants. Because business is slow for Kirk and partner Bunchcroft, they take on an insurance surveillance assignment to determine whether a biker who has won a large disability settlement is truly disabled. They also agree to a friend's request to search for a young Salvadoran who entered the U.S. without papers, and subsequently vanished. Efforts to document the biker's fitness provide comic relief from the grim developments concerning the missing man. Determining the latter's rare blood type and learning of two more missing illegals who are pregnant leads Kirk to a biotech research lab and the convoluted trail of an organ-selling scheme. Fights and chases with a motorcycle gang mix with procedural sleuthing and well-documented medical details, adding up to a competent, slightly unusual mystery tale not for the squeamish. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Denver private investigators Kirk and Bunchcroft, owners of an industrial security business, perk up a slow season with male-bonding repartee and an attempt to solve a missing illegal immigrant case gratis. They shortly find that three ``aliens''--two of them pregnant women--have disappeared. During breaks from the case, which turns out to involve bodysnatching for purposes of profitable organ transplants and tissue research, the duo run surveillance on a grubby biker suspected of insurance fraud. Constant, energetic action ensues, including pit bull attacks, crazed bike chases, breaking and entering, and ambushes. A successful follow-up to Suicide Season ( LJ 6/1/87). (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.