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A long cold fall
Reaves, Sam, 1954-
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New York : Putnam, [1991]

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Booklist Review

This is slick debut, dark in places, funny in others, but wildly uneven a lot of the time. Reaves has an eye for the mean angle, the street truth, and he also delivers a low-rent sleuth without too much macho baggage. Sure, Cooper MacLeish drives his cab into the South Side of Chicago late at night, but he knows enough to get plenty scared when his fare pulls a gun. Cooper's cab work keeps him in a low-rent life-style that suits him, and his lethargic attempts to write keep him sane. Then a name from his past becomes a police statistic--a suicide with a struggling art gallery, a busted marriage, and a missing son. Cooper is soon in it up to his eyeballs, trying to put some distance between the kid and a killer with a teardrop tattoo on one cheek. Fall boasts a likably lean prose style. The killers are slightly underdeveloped, introduced and then abandoned as Cooper gets to feeling a little sorry for himself, lamenting his lost love while chasing red herrings in the ritzy suburbs. But character and setting merge nicely, strident liberal angst is kept within tolerable margins, and Cooper never turns smarmy the way so many would-be hard-boiled types do. ~--Peter Robertson

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Cooper MacLeish, a Vietnam veteran turned Chicago cab driver, looks into the apparent suicide of a former lover in this impressive mystery debut. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved