A.K.A. Sheila Doyle

A.K.A. Sheila Doyle

by Pat Jordan
     
 

The action comes fast and rough in this hotly paced crime novel set in steamy South Florida, and the plot is as unpredictable as the striking, sharp-witted, and slightly over-the-hill stage actress at its center. She's the recently divorced Sheila Mackenzie, nee Ryan, and when she meets the sometime male stripper and full-time operator Bobby Squared—or Robert

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The action comes fast and rough in this hotly paced crime novel set in steamy South Florida, and the plot is as unpredictable as the striking, sharp-witted, and slightly over-the-hill stage actress at its center. She's the recently divorced Sheila Mackenzie, nee Ryan, and when she meets the sometime male stripper and full-time operator Bobby Squared—or Robert Redfeather, as the Cherokee case may be—she overnight discovers inside her fortyish self a furiously passionate, daring, and driven Sheila she never knew. Call her Doyle, she soon finds herself rubbing elbows, and more, with Cuban gangsters, neo-Nazi gunrunners, Rastafarian hitmen, Italian drug dealers, and trigger-happy rednecks. She also picks up some trigger skills of her own. She needs them, too. Unwittingly she, Bobby, and Bobby's fat, balding, and all-business partner in crime, Sol Bilstein, have become entangled in a deadly web of vengeance that could turn the private army of Cuban political exile Juan Jose Medina against them all. The ruthless Medina may never forget a face, but actress Sheila Doyle has many of them—and some talents her stage career never tested. Only now Sheila Doyle is playing for keeps and playing for real. And it could be curtains.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Transformation is the name of the game in this hard-as-nails, supercharged excursion into the dark side of south Florida, the world of schemers and dealers and anything for a price, from journalist Jordan (A False Spring, etc.). These individuals are not shy about taking what they want, and they play for keeps. Sheila Mackenzie, n e Ryan, a reserved, 40-ish recently divorced actress, is at loose ends. When she meets Bobby Squared, born Bobby Redfeather, a sometime stripper and full-time dealer in questionable goods, her life suddenly takes a new direction. When she moves in with him and sheds her old life, Sheila begins to take on a new personality and a wilder, tougher, more passionate self unfolds. Good at disguises and strategy, she fits right into the middle of operations with Bobby's Cherokee partner, Sol. Too bad they incur the wrath of Medina, the exiled Cuban gangster who has a long memory and bides his time to exact revenge. Sheila's cold blue eyes take it all in and give away nothing. By the end, she has killed a few people, bad guys to be sure, but they are dead. Jordan delivers local color and an atmosphere in which violence and death are commonplace among the rastas, rednecks and neo-Nazis who dwell on the edge of the swamps and obey few rules. Sol, Bobby and Sheila have their moments, but almost all the female characters are victims of one sort or another and most of the males are predators. Life on the run seems a high price to pay for the illusion of freedom. (Aug. 1) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786710263
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Series:
Otto Penzler Books Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.17(d)

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