The Bite by Michael Crow
(Luther Ewing Thriller)

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Rave reviews greeted the debut of undercover Baltimore County narcotics cop Luther Ewing. In The Bite, this edgy black-Vietnamese Special Forces veteran is trying hard to chill, staying away from anything more dangerous than busting teenagers with Ecstasy or scouring the deep woods for crystal meth cooked up by rednecks and bikers. But one night someone takes a shot at Luther with a .45 in his own peaceful suburban parking lot-someone who's careful not to kill him. Who? Why? And what's the message?

Then brash, sexy DEA agent Francesca Russo elbows her way into his life, in a joint operation they pull off with suspicious ease. But it turns out she has her own agenda-to take over the crank business from the inside-and wants Luther on her team. He has a simple, stark choice: turn rogue and clean up Russo and her mob himself or call in the feds on one of their own. Staccato violence, gut-real characters, and miles of style keep The Bite's pages turning until the last clip has been emptied.

About Michael Crow

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Michael Crow is a pseudonym. As a journalist he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting for a series on the New York Mafia. He has written two previous Luther Ewing novels -- Red Rain and The Bite -- and divides his time between New York City; Woodstock, New York; and Europe.
Published June 23, 2003 by Viking Adult. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Feral, occasionally murderous, certainly unstable, possibly certifiable, Luther Ewing, making his second appearance (Red Rain, not reviewed), is a wild and crazy guy who fills body bags as if wired for that purpose.

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In the third sentence of this intense, electrifying thriller, Baltimore County Police Department detective Luther Ewing is shot in the parking lot of his apartment building.

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