Herman Jackson never thought his past would catch up with him, least of all via a murdered Vietnam veteran named Charlie Victor.
In Thompson's compelling second mystery to feature St. Paul, Minn., bail bondsman Herman Jackson (after 2008's The Fiddle Game), Jackson investigates the murder of one of his more unusual repeat customers, soul-wounded Charlie Victor, a homeless Vietnam vet. Jackson, to whom Victor bequeathed a mysterious box, immediately receives visits from the FBI, an odd bully who wants to take over Jackson's business and a band of heavily armed mercenaries of unknown origin. When the police appear to lose interest in Victor's case, Jackson enlists the aid of comely Anne Packard, a fearless newspaper reporter. Jackson and Packard follow the scant clues to Victor's past, hoping to solve the brutal killing, uncover a buried secret and separate the good guys, if there are any, from the bad. A dash of romance, plenty of action and an appealing, wise-cracking hero enhance this detective story with an old-fashioned noir flavor. (Nov.)
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Poisoned Pen Press
October 31, 2009
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