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Easy way down
Weinman, Irving, 1937-
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First edition.
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New York : Fawcett Columbine, 1990.
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261 pages ; 24 cm
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Booklist Review

New York copper Lenny Schwartz isn't concentrating on his work. He nearly blows a drug bust, and a colleague gets a slug dangerously close to the jugular as a result. The problem is Roberto Cruz, a Miami cocaine king who Lenny is convinced is out to kill him. So he heads for Miami, the "Gunshine State," wearing thick wool suits, sweating a lot, betting on the ponies, taking abuse from his skirt-fixated brother-in-law, and talking a lot like Al Pacino in Scarface. But a confrontation with Cruz isn't the only item on Lenny's plate: his elderly aunt's best friend has just been taken out in a gangster-style hit presumably meant for his cousin, Stanley, a minor-league hustler. Lenny gets help with the case from local cop Linda, who also ties him to his hotel bed every once in a while and lays waste to his eager, if guilt-ridden, married-man's body. Confused? Weinman believes in a well-stocked plot, even at the expense of a little clarity. It hardly matters, though, because Lenny is a genuine winner--part harassed mensch, part confirmed smart-mouth in the grand tradition. ~--Peter Robertson

Publisher's Weekly Review

NYPD inspector Lenny Schwartz ( Tailor's Dummy ) is back to delight old fans and acquire new ones, who should come equipped with a taste for ruminative internal wisecracks. Now 42, Lenny hies down to Miami to confront drug kingpin Roberto Cruz, who, he fears, has a contract out on him, although, as it turns out, Cruz is actually a reluctant admirer of the New York cop. While in Florida, Lenny undertakes a private investigation for his honorary ``Aunt'' Rose whose cousin Abe has been murdered. Probing Abe's death, Lenny meets a gaudy cast of characters: vulgar Stanley Ziegler, Cruz's dumb brother-in-law Jaime, a vain philanthropist and his crooked lawyer/son, and a pair of redneck desperado brothers. He also encounters his Miami police liaison, a beautiful woman with a penchant for S & M, to which he succumbs. The lethal action is undercut by Lenny's cutesy pensees, as when he recognizes ``his need to be the mensch of La Mancha,'' and Weinman's tendency to portray sometimes psychopathic criminals as buffoons. Nevertheless, this lite reading does go down easy. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved