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Half the truth
Walker, David J., 1939-
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First edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1996.
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275 pages ; 22 cm
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"A Thomas Dunne book."
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"When his estranged wife, Cass, shows up with Sharon Cooper, an uncommonly attractive woman who's getting death threats over the phone, how can Chicago private eye Malachy P. Foley turn down the case? For once, Cass has brought him a client who can pay. And besides, maybe Mal can get Cass to come back home." "Mal learns that the true object of the caller's interest is Sharon's brother, Jason, a promising college basketball player who's hampered by a bad attitude. The problem is, Jason has disappeared, and Mal can't help Sharon until he finds the missing athlete. Following a trail that leads to murder, Mal races to find Jason before the caller does. But when Mal succeeds, why is no one, not even Jason, willing to tell him the whole truth? Finally, when both Sharon and Cass are kidnapped, Mal is given a terrible ultimatum: to save the women, he must send Jason to his death."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Booklist Review

Malachy Foley, a disbarred Chicago attorney working as a private investigator, is encouraged by his estranged wife, Cass, to accept Sharon Cooper's case. Sharon is a renowned classical musician being threatened if she doesn't reveal the location of her missing brother, Jason, a prodigy in his own right but on the basketball court. Foley's Chicago underworld connections tell him that Jason Cooper is a hot property--for unknown reasons. When Foley travels to Wisconsin to interview the kid's high-school coach, he discovers the man is dead. It seems that Cooper's disappearance is also related to the death of another young athlete three months earlier. The second Mal Foley novel is very entertaining reading. Foley is a likable protagonist with a sharp tongue and enough "tough" to back it up; his lifestyle is quirky but not unbelievably so; and the Chicago ambience will provide readers with a real taste of the Windy City and its surrounding area. Here's hoping Foley has a lot more adventures in his case file. --Wes Lukowsky

Publisher's Weekly Review

Chicago PI Malachy Foley is often too cute for comfort, what with his BMW motorcycle and his titled landlady and his part-time job playing jazz piano in a bar. While many series writers can make their atmospheric touches work effectively for many books, Walker comes close to wearing out this series' distinguishing marks in only the second entry (following last year's Edgar nominee Fixed in His Folly). On the other hand, his prose is lively, and Foley, with a mouth as quick as his hands, has some interesting edges. Here, Foley is hired by the sister of Jason Cooper, a talented college basketball player who's gone missing. Jason's coach doesn't know where he is; neither does a local crime boss on whom Foley often relies for information. It seems that Jason is on the run. But from whom? And why are people associated with him coming to untimely ends? Some dogged pursuit, characterized by a bit more guts than brains, leads Foley to Jason, and he soon finds himself hiding the kid, who either doesn't know or won't tell who is out to get him and why. But then Cass, the estranged wife Foley is desperately trying to win back, is kidnapped, along with Jason's sister, a switcheroo that puts the PI in a bit of a moral dilemma. Walker's twisty plot and moments of genuine wit are enough to make up for the bouts of cuteness. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved