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They're dying in the fleshpits in the Windy City. They're all white girls. One young woman is missing. Another is dead. They were drawn to the Windy City like moths to a flame, but the city's bright lights can't illuminate every dark corner. Hidden in the alleys and back streets and in a three-block long stretch of strip clubs and adult book stores are the men who prey on young women like these: the pedophiles, pimps, and pornographers. When former partners, unlicensed private investigator Big Dick Rickenbacher ...
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All White Girls

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They're dying in the fleshpits in the Windy City. They're all white girls. One young woman is missing. Another is dead. They were drawn to the Windy City like moths to a flame, but the city's bright lights can't illuminate every dark corner. Hidden in the alleys and back streets and in a three-block long stretch of strip clubs and adult book stores are the men who prey on young women like these: the pedophiles, pimps, and pornographers. When former partners, unlicensed private investigator Big Dick Rickenbacher and Homicide Lieutenant Salvador Castellano, find their cases overlapping in this violent world of sexual depravity, old flames rekindle, old secrets finally surface, and old crimes demand retribution.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000060025
  • Publisher: Wildside Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 321 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2001

    Raw and hardboiled.

    If you like hardboiled mysteries tough as shoe leather, brutal as an eye gouge, and raw as a blustery winter's day, then Michael Bracken's 'All White Girls' is for you. In this grim, fast-paced novel, Bracken doesn't just lift the lid to allow you a quick peek at the dirty underbelly of a typical crime-ridden metropolis. Instead, he rips the top off, and shoves the soiled lives and sordid acts of its inhabitants in your face. 'All White Girls' concerns two parallel threads. One thread connects former police detective Richard 'Big Dick' Rickenbacher, now acting as a private investigator, who searches for a missing teenaged girl lost in the city. The other thread ties Rickenbacher's former partner, Lt. Salvador Castellano, to an unidentified young woman savagely butchered in a hotel room. Both men turn over rocks to reveal a colorful assortment of human vermin in their quest for answers. There are plenty of suspects to be grilled, blind alleys to be trod, and red herrings to be disposed of as the two men spiral closer to the truth. Once you get past the gore and sleaze, you're in for a pretty good mystery puzzle with an unexpected conclusion. Major characters are well drawn and fully realized. The setting--itself a character--is detailed with photographic clarity, and imbued with poignancy, like a Hopper painting. Bracken's prose, as always throughout a prolific crime writing career, is direct and vigorous, with the impact of a blunt object laid across your skull. He minces no words, pulls no punches, and conceals nothing. Yet within the stark description and matter-of- fact narration lurk traces of rough humor and glittering lines as sharp as a shard of a broken beer bottle thrust into the throat. Reading 'All White Girls' may leave you feeling in need of a cleansing bath--or perhaps a good fumigation. But the story and its imagery will stay with you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2001

    hardboiled noir

    A powerful book. ALL WHITE GIRLS tells a strong story with strong words and images. Some may call prostitution a victimless crime, but not in this book. If hardboiled noir is what you like, you absolutely don't want to miss this book. Read it, you won't be sorry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2001

    One young woman missing. Another one dead.

    Big Dick Rickenbacher¿s looking all over for Hubert Cove¿s daughter, who bought a bus ticket to Chicago and then disappeared. 'All White Girls' revolves around two young women who ran away from home: one found dead but unidentified, and the one Rickenbacher can¿t find. Enlisting Jesse, a past love, in the search for Katherine Cove, Rickenbacker re-ignites a fire neither one is sure shouldn¿t have stayed put out! Even in a city the size of Chicago, runaway kids have some things in common, but the connection between these two young women, and a third-- long dead-- sure took me by surprise!!!!

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