The Long Fall by Lynn Kostoff
A Novel of Crime

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In sun-baked Phoenix, Arizona, this never-predictable tale tosses into its antic mix a dead father, his two sons--one a small-time ex-con with a consistent genius for sabotaging his own best interests, the other a straight, uptight solid citizen with a moneymaking chain of dry-cleaning stores and a restive ex-stewardess of a wife named Evelyn.

Recently released from prison for possession of a truckload of black-market saguaro cacti - and in deep debt to an unforgiving crank dealer, Jimmy Coates returns home only to discover that his brother has cut him out of his inheritance. A not-unjustifiable desire to settle old scores and new sends Jimmy on a robbery spree that wipes out four of his brother's dry-cleaning establishments. But when he finds himself tumbling for a mutinously sexy Evelyn, the impulse to vengeance reverses itself.

Unwittingly, however, Jimmy has already set in motion a series of dangerous consequences - adultery, blackmail, love, betrayal - that culminate in a blueprint for murder. And it could be Jimmy himself who is taking the long fall.

 

About Lynn Kostoff

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Lynn Kostoff is a professor of English at Francis Marion University in Florence, South Carolina. He has also taught at the University of Alabama, Indiana State University, and Bowling Green State University in Ohio where he received his MFA in fiction.
 
Published July 29, 2011 by Tyrus Books. 208 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Six times daily, Jimmy Coates has to die to titillate the audiences at Big and Bigger Jones’s Wild West Park, working a double shift (three shootouts per shift) because he’s desperate for money.

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This craftily written noir thriller by Kostoff (A Choice of Nightmares) stars Jimmy Coates, a downtrodden Phoenix ex-con whose primary goal in life is sidesteppin

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This craftily written noir thriller by Kostoff (A Choice of Nightmares) stars Jimmy Coates, a downtrodden Phoenix ex-con whose primary goal in life is sidestepping his loan shark, Ray Harp ("the kind of guy who could make Darwin blush").

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The situations in a Kostoff novel may seem exotic or fantastic in the way of any crime novel (and unless you’re a criminal a crime novel, you know, fucking should feel exotic), but the characters and their motivations always hit painfully close to home.

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