Ex-police detective Lacy Lockington returns in this gritty follow-up to Spencer's The Fifth Script.
The resilient Chicago native travels to Youngstown and to Miami to track down an old friend who allegedly has become mixed up in dealings with the Mafia--cutting into the profits from their lucrative cocaine trade, it is said. Rufe Devereaux is a veteran CIA agent and walking baseball encyclopedia, but he is already in over his head by the time he calls Lockington for help. He's also dead by the time Lockington and his paramour Edna arrive in Youngstown, where more than just a pride of mobsters and a corpse await them...they stumble into an international espionage morass complete with a mysterious agent named--what else? Natasha.
Chased by the mob, hunted by the CIA and foreign counterparts, enticed and intrigued by Natasha, Lockington instinctively knows that things are not as they seem. And if so, is missing cocaine money only the flotsam in Natasha's seductive wake?
Earthy humor, gritty suspense, and breathless chase are Spencer's trademarks, which achieve high-water marks in his latest and best, The Devereaux File.
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July 24, 2000
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