A. K. A. Sheila Weinstein

A. K. A. Sheila Weinstein

by Pat Jordan
     
 

Without looking back, casting a bad marriage and going-nowhere stage career behind her, forty-something Sheila Mackenzie, nee Ryan, took a lover, discovered crime, embraced danger, and reinvented herself under an alias in a.k.a. Sheila Doyle. Tough, wild, and sexy, she returns for another excursion into a steamy south Florida underworld of Orthodox Jewish hit men

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Without looking back, casting a bad marriage and going-nowhere stage career behind her, forty-something Sheila Mackenzie, nee Ryan, took a lover, discovered crime, embraced danger, and reinvented herself under an alias in a.k.a. Sheila Doyle. Tough, wild, and sexy, she returns for another excursion into a steamy south Florida underworld of Orthodox Jewish hit men and lesbian pimps in this hard-boiled, hotly paced sequel. Sheila and Bobby Squared, her devilishly magnetic Cherokee from North Carolina who dances in strip clubs when he's not running guns or drugs, again hitch up with Bobby's shady business partner Sol Bilstein, as well as a flamboyantly gay black hairdresser, Sampson de la Plaine (a.k.a. Reggie Johnson)—this time for a heist that very quickly goes bad, deadly, and dangerous. Indeed, the ruthless and menacing Angela Scarpetti—also known as Angel Scot or, more familiarly, the White Witch—and Neanderthal hit man Billy the Bear prove to be foe enough to transform the recklessly passionate Sheila Doyle into a harder, colder, more formidable Sheila Weinstein.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
In this nasty Florida underworld romp, the sequel to A.K.A. Sheila Doyle (2002), Jordan's antiheroine, the former Sheila Ryan, must deal with unfinished business from her previous illegalities before she can reunite with her lover and partner in crime, Bobby Squared. Opportunity soon presents itself when a gay black hairdresser crosses their path and provides them with inside information that could lead to one of the biggest scores in their career. Sheila uses her training as an actress to transform herself into the divorced Sheila Weinstein, who manages to master her inhibitions in order to join a stable of high-priced escorts who work for the White Witch, a lesbian gangster. Unfortunately, clich d characters walk through a predictable and slow-moving plot against a perfunctory Florida backdrop. Sheila and her crew aren't even competent thieves; having gained an initial victory over the White Witch, these "experienced pros" don't even consider that their adversary might seek retribution. Jordan devotes most of his energy to depicting oral sex better suited to a pornography magazine than, as described in the press release, "A Novel of Crime." Numerous popular-culture celebrities also come in for gratuitous insults. Callous violence only adds to the unpleasantness. Leonard and Hiaasen fans are advised to steer clear. (Aug. 20) Forecast: With first serial rights sold to Penthouse, expect some crossover from fans of explicit erotic fiction. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal - Library Journal
Sheila (a.k.a. Sheila Doyle) uses many last names, depending on her mood and the task at hand. With several other sympathetic, loosely connected, on-the-fringe characters, she plots a way to steal the contents of a safe owned by a vicious lesbian beauty salon owner, a prostitute runner, and an Orthodox Jewish "hit" organizer. Sheila's Cherokee boyfriend, Bobby, who's been hiding out as a dancer in a Key West gay club, joins with fat, bigoted Sol and a black, gay hairdresser recruit named Sampson to infiltrate the salon and get the cash. Of course, the owner wants revenge. Featuring wry humor, crisp prose, and steamy locales, Jordan's latest Sheila adventure is highly recommended for those who like their Florida mysteries with a gritty, hard-boiled twist. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Operating under still another name, that naughty 48-year-old Sheila Ryan (A.K.A. Sheila Doyle, 2002) continues to fuel the same adolescent fantasies. Bobby Roberts (a.k.a. Bobby Squared), the Fort Lauderdale stud who initiated her into the intoxicating world of panting sex, high-risk scams, and stone killing, loves Sheila so much that he's abandoned her to go incognito as an exotic dancer in La Te Da, a Key West gay club. In return, Sheila has allowed Hoshi, Bobby's cancer-stricken Shiba, death with dignity when Bobby's partner, Sol Billstein (a.k.a. Weinstein), traces her to the Strawberry Hill Preparatory School, where she's director of the drama department. Sol and Bobby plan to use Sheila and Bobby's La Te Da buddy Samson de la Plaine (n� Reginald Johnson), a flamboyantly gay hairdresser, to help rob La Donna Bellic-sa, the styling salon that serves as a front for the call-girl and murder-for-hire rackets run by Angel Scott (n�e Scarpetti) and executed by mama's boy limo driver Barry (The Bear) Berenson. Is Sheila up to the rigors of foreplay and gunplay? "I'm not the same person I was when you left me," she assures Bobby, which seems par for this cast of chameleons. The silly, weightless intrigue is only an excuse for an endless round of fantasy scenes in which females with silicon enhancements and without underwear, supplemented by equally enthusiastic gay supporting players, are constantly sinking to their knees in homage to His Majesty. First serial to Penthouse

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786711918
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/25/2003
Series:
Otto Penzler Books Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.94(d)

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