Hard Women by Barbara D'Amato
A Cat Marsala Mystery

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While investigating prostitution in the Windy City, Chicago journalist Cat Marsala befriends a young escort named Sandra, whose murder she must soon unravel.
 

About Barbara D'Amato

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Barbara D'Amato is a playwright, novelist, and crime researcher. She was born in Michigan. D'Amato held jobs as a carpenter on magic shows, assistant surgical orderly, assistant to a wild animal act, stage manager, and legal researcher. She is a past president of Sisters in Crime International and serves on the board of the Mystery Writers of America. D'Amato wrote a children's musical, The Magic of Young Houdini, and two musical comedies for adults. She was nominated for the Anthony award for her novel On My Honor and was the runner-up for the Nero Wolfe Award for the novel Hard Women. The Doctor, The Murder, The Mystery won the Anthony and Agatha Awards for Best True Crime and was used as the basis for a segment on the TV show, Unsolved Mysteries.
 
Published April 1, 1993 by Scribner. 249 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Dispatched to Chicago's Motriss/Beale Trauma Center for a routine article, freelance reporter Cat Marsala (Hard Women, 1993, etc.) is right on the scene when no-nonsense Dr. Hannah Grant, recently appointed director of trauma services, is found dead with a surgical sponge shoved down her throat.

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In this fourth adventure--a letdown after last year's smartly worked-out Hard Luck--Chicago freelancer Cat Marsala is putting together a TV documentary on prostitution and, in the process, offering her teeny apartment as a temporary haven for high-priced call-girl Sandra Love.

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D'Amato turns in another excellent Cat Marsala mystery (after Hard Luck ) despite the tension-destroying, flash-forward opening in which free-lance journalist Cat finds prostitute Sandra Lupica, her h

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Chicago journalist-sleuth Catherine ``Cat'' Marsala , who scored well her first time around (in Hardball ), proves her mettle in her second appearance.

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To make matters uglier, Cat's brother and Jeremy's father, Barry, is accused of the first murder by the police and—initially—by Cat herself.

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Chicago freelance journalist Cat Marsala, in her third outing here (after Hardball and Hard Tack ), watches the story of her career land--literally--in front of her when Jack Sligh, an Illinois lottery official, plummets to his death from a skyscraper.

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Detection becomes secondary-and tedious-in this latest Cat Marsala story, which seems less a mystery than a paean to doctors involved in emergency care.

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A marvelously grisly premise kicks off D'Amato's (Hard Bargain, etc.) new mystery featuring Chicago food writer Cat Marsala: Cat finds that the soup bone she purchased earlier from Spencer and Angelotti, a pricey food emporium, is actually part of a human leg.

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D'Amato turns in another excellent Cat Marsala mystery (after Hard Luck ) despite the tension-destroying, flash-forward opening in which free-lance journalist Cat finds prostitute Sandra Lupica, her houseguest, dead in the alley behind her apartment building.

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