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Title:
Suicide squeeze
Author:
Everson, David.
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Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1991.
General Note:
"A Thomas Dunne book."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780312055202
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Booklist Review

The plot is an ineffective hodgepodge of coincidence, confused motives, split-second timing, missing logic (one of the killers is mildly loony), and artistic convenience. So what? Readers of private eye novels don't give a whit about whodunit. Instead, they watch their hero evolve under pressure. And Springfield, Illinois's Bobby Miles is worth the effort. For those unfamiliar with his first two cases, he made it to the major leagues for one at bat, cracks wise, loves one woman but from afar, and has a working relationship with a deadly (but gold-hearted) black thug. Give him a supporting cast of slimy politicians and grizzled old ballplayers, all in a Chicago setting, and you've got a mystery that laughs in the face of conventional logic--but at least it laughs. ~--Wes Lukowsky


Publisher's Weekly Review

Although two of Everson's earlier Bobby Miles mysteries ( Recount and Rebound ) received Shamus nominations, this latest does not seem a likely candidate for that honor. Miles, ``central Illinois's premier--and practically only--sleuth,'' often takes assignments for the speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives. Here he agrees to look into the hit-and-run charges against the son of Peter Duke, a legislator and the speaker's friend. At the same time, he's searching for the legislator's daughter--who has disappeared somewhere between Florida and Wisconsin--and checking out the death threats leveled against Dewey Farmer, an aging and obnoxious ballplayer hoping for a comeback with the never-victorious Chicago Cubs. Witty dialogue, refreshingly normal characters and an informal, entertaining style are undermined by Everson's prolix attention to baseball and occasionally confusing plot. The resolution is at once surprising and bewildering--not unlike the performance of a brilliant but wild pitcher. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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