Steal the Show by Thomas Kaufman
A Willis Gidney Mystery (Willis Gidney Mysteries)

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George Pelecanos calls Thomas Kaufman “a welcome new voice in Washington, D.C., crime fiction.” 

Willis Gidney needs money because he’s found a girl.
No, no, not that kind of girl. This is an abandoned baby girl. Gidney found her on a case. So he hands the girl to the cops, right?
Wrong, because Gidney started life the same way---abandoned. He knows all about D.C.’s juvenile-justice system, having barely survived it himself. That makes it hard to give up the girl. Too bad that unmarried private eyes aren’t usually thought of as ideal parents. So now Gidney needs a lawyer, and that means money.
Enter Rush Gemelli, a code-writing hacker who pays Gidney to commit a felony. Just a small one. Nothing serious, really, but you know how these things can snowball. Gidney thinks this is a onetime venture, but Gemelli has other ideas. He blackmails Gidney into joining up with his father, Chuck, the head of the motion picture lobby in D.C. And when Chuck’s former partner is murdered, it looks like someone may be playing Gidney.

Add to that the unwanted attentions of a crazed actress, the D.C. case worker from hell, and the Vietnamese and Salvadoran gangs out to kill him, and it’s all Gidney can do to keep from getting his movie ticket punched--permanently.

A unique hero, a quirky cast, and a riveting mystery make Steal the Show a winner.



About Thomas Kaufman

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Thomas Kaufman is an award-winning motion picture director and cameraman. He has twice won the Gordon Parks Award for Cinematography, and received an Emmy for his documentary about deaf children, See What I'm Saying. His first novel, Drink the Tea, won the PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Competition. He lives with his wife and two children in Maryland.
Published July 5, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 287 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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With an eye to adopting Sarah, the Jamaican baby he recently rescued from a murder scene, Washington private eye Willis Gidney tries to follow the straight and narrow, a decidedly new path for him.

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Publishers Weekly

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When Rush Gemelli—whose father, a former White House senior adviser, heads the Motion Picture Alliance Council—asks Washington, D.C., PI Willis Gidney to break into an Alexandria, Va., warehouse, a suspected movie piracy site, Gidney at first refuses.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

He must be (said Chandler) a man who walked the mean streets but who was not, himself, a citizen of those streets — in other words, a man alone.

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City Book Review

Steal the Show by Thomas Kaufman continues the excellent work begun in Drink the Tea, which won the Private Eye Writers of America Award for Best First Private Eye Novel in 2008.

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Nights and Weekends

There are various gang members from various gangs trailing Gidney, and, at the same time, he’s also being stalked by both an aggressive action star and his moody starlet wife—though neither subplot is particularly well developed.

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Review: Desperate for cash to help fund his efforts to adopt a baby girl he saved, Willis Gidney takes on a case to gather evidence on a possible video piracy operation … even if it means he'll have to break the law himself to get it … in Steal the Show, the second mystery in this series by Thoma...

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