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Blue Lonesome (Paperback)

Author:  Bill Pronzini
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0802775616
ISBN-13: 9780802775610
Sku: 30461531
Publish Date: 6/1/1999
Pages:  216
 
Jim Messenger is a CPA who hates his job, loves jazz, and can''t forget a woman he has seen eating at the Harmony Cafe. She goes by the name of Janet Mitchell, and when he introduces himself, her only comment is, "It won''t do you any good." When she commits suicide, Messenger is driven to find out why. Her name is only the first of the lies he uncovers. In "historic Beulah," Nevada, secrets coil like rattlesnakes ready to strike, and suffering lies like a suffocating blanket over lives put on hold. Starting with one slender clue, Messenger embarks on a search for the truth that becomes a rite of passage. By the end, lives have been changed, a horrible murder brought to light, and a quiet, little town irrevocably torn apart.
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Jim Messenger is a CPA who hates his job, loves jazz, and can't forget a woman he has seen eating at the Harmony Café. She goes by the name of Janet Mitchell, and when he introduces himself, her only comment is, "It won't do you any good." When she commits suicide, Messenger is driven to find out why. Her name is only the first of the lies he uncovers. In "historic Beulah," Nevada, secrets coil like rattlesnakes ready to strike, and suffering lies like a suffocating blanket over lives put on hold. Starting with one slender clue, Messenger embarks on a search for the truth that becomes a rite of passage. By the end, lives have been changed, a horrible murder brought to light, and a quiet, little town irrevocably torn apart.

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Jim Messenger is a San Francisco CPA who hates his job, loves jazz, and is fascinated by the loneliness of the woman he sees every day at the Harmony Cafe. When the woman commits suicide, Messenger becomes obsessed with finding the answer to the riddle of the mysterious woman's life and death. His search takes him to the quiet little town of Beulah, Nevada, where he discovers horrifying secrets coiled like rattlesnakes ready to strike.

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Mystery Scene
"Pronzini's Blue Lonesome is not only his masterpiece but also one of the five or six best crime novels published in this decade. the malaise of my generation has rarely been set down with such honesty, elegance and power. There are scenes and observations here that will break your heart while making you laugh out loud... It is a fine and remarkable book in every respect, from the great tittle to the stunning conclusion.

Rapport
"Concocting just the right mix of careful exposition with slow-boiling suspense that erupts into high-pressure steam, Pronzini's denouement rounds up his herd of themes into an expansive and very rich pasture of satisfaction."

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0216
Product attributePublisher:   Walker & Company
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