They Don't Play Stickball in Milwaukee by Reed Farrel Coleman

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On the trail of a missing nephew, Dylan Klein, a former insurance investigator who's now a noir novelist, finds himself on the campus of an upstate New York college engaged in some highly inventive _ sex with Kira Watanabe, a Japanese girl half his age, who seems determined to recreate a steamy chapter from one of Klein's own books. He ought to be a happy man. But his nephew Zak is still missing, and the girl might just be a high-priced whore hired to watch Klein by the drug dealers on whom Zak claims to have a computer disc full of information. The novel provides Klein with a fuller sex life than is granted most tired-out 40-year-olds, the narrative pace never lets up and the caper has plenty of unusual angles. Johnny MacClough is Klein's best pal, a former cop once disgraced by a questionable arrest and subsequent death. Valencia Jones is a young student arrested for possession of a designer drug. It's her plight that sends Zak into hiding. A drugged-out ski bum is murdered on a ski slope owned by the college, the dean of which takes a very dim view of Klein's sleuthing efforts. This is Coleman's third Klein caper (Life Goes Sleeping and Little Faster), and, allowing for the florid bed scenes and a singularly unconvincing moment when Klein gets sloshed and questions his love for the alluring Kira, it's an exceedingly handsome effort.
 

About Reed Farrel Coleman

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Called a hardboiled poet by NPR's Maureen Corrigan and the noir poet laureate in The Huffington Post, Reed Farrel Coleman is the former executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America. He currently resides in Long Island, New York.
 
Published March 13, 1998 by Permanent Press. 208 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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Valencia Jones, one of Zak's fellow students at Riversborough College, has been railroaded into a serious drug charge, courtesy of a killer cache of a new designer drug called Isotope, not to mention that a retired cop who's been nosing around her case turns up dead.

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On the trail of a missing nephew, Dylan Klein, a former insurance investigator who's now a noir novelist, finds himself on the campus of an upstate New York college engaged in some highly inventive sex with Kira Watanabe, a Japanese girl half his age, who seems determined to re-create a steamy ch...

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