An Unacceptable Death

An Unacceptable Death

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by Barbara Seranella
     
 

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One thing about Miranda Mancini that has never changed is the name everyone knows her by---Munch. But the child abused by her father and sent into prostitution, the young girl who stole money because she couldn't do without her drugs, the woman who spent awful months in prison---that person no longer exists. Instead, Munch Mancini is the surrogate "mother" of a

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One thing about Miranda Mancini that has never changed is the name everyone knows her by---Munch. But the child abused by her father and sent into prostitution, the young girl who stole money because she couldn't do without her drugs, the woman who spent awful months in prison---that person no longer exists. Instead, Munch Mancini is the surrogate "mother" of a friend's loving little girl, a woman who can top any male car mechanic's talents with a tool, and the unbelievably happy fiancée of police detective Enrique "Rico" Chacón. It's an ordinary life and it's exactly what she wants.

Everything changes when an early-morning call from homicide detective Mace St. John, the nearest thing Munch has to a father, brings unbelievably terrible news. Rico is dead, having been shot during a drug bust. Munch learns that Rico was shot by one of his fellow officers---and not by accident. This news energizes Munch in a way she wouldn't have believed possible. She knows in her head and her heart that Rico could not have been on the wrong side of the drug bust.

The police department insists that Rico was working with the drug dealers. But a pair of special officers with Narcotics have other ideas. They ask Munch to go undercover and mix with the suspected dealers. They are certain it will prove that Rico was innocent. Munch agrees. She could easily end up dead herself---but if she can clear Rico's name, she will have what she wants. That's Munch Mancini.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the start of Seranella's outstanding eighth Miranda "Munch" Mancini mystery (after 2004's Unwilling Accomplice), the Los Angeles auto mechanic is enjoying a domestic stability that she never thought possible after her sordid existence as a drug addict and prostitute. Indeed, the challenge Seranella faces as her heroine moves further away from her lurid past is to keep the sense of conflict alive. She certainly accomplishes this when Munch's fianc , detective Enrique "Rico" Chac n, is shot dead by his fellow cops in a drug bust gone wrong. We learn that there had been a bounty put on Munch's head by the newly reformed Satan's Pride Motorcycle gang (whom Munch had helped take down years back) and that Rico's death may have resulted from his attempts to protect her. To compound matters, the police department is withholding Chac n's pension from his family, claiming that he was corrupt. Determined to clear his name and to get revenge, Munch sets out on a dangerous investigation of her own. This is character-driven crime fiction at its finest by one of the genre's most accomplished stylists. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The death of her fiance sends Munch Mancini (Unwilling Accomplice, 2004, etc.) into an emotional tailspin but cannot disrupt her moral compass. No one knows better than Munch how deadly the drug scene can be. So when LAPD detective Rico Chac-n, the man she's finally ready to marry, goes undercover, she expects danger. But she doesn't expect to see her friend Mace St. John at her door bringing word that Rico has been shot to death by his fellow officers. She expects even less to hear rumors that Rico was dirty, or news from his ex-wife Sylvia that the city was withholding benefits from his family. Putting aside the numbing misery of her loss, Munch calls Phil Bayless, the internal affairs officer investigating Rico's shooting. A little later, a couple of uniforms interrupt Munch at lunch with Rico's former partner, Art Becker, and whisk her off to Rico's old precinct to meet Roger, a cop who knows too much about her personal life-particularly where it concerns her daughter Asia-for comfort. Still, Munch agrees to help Roger, and soon she's taking her old pal Ellen to Rico's wake, where they meet a thug named Humberto, second-in-command to Abel Delaguerra, a drug lord whose international dealings paved the path to Rico's final journey. Even her muddled plot can't spoil Seranella's searching account of a woman coping with the ultimate loss.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466851504
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
08/13/2013
Series:
Munch Mancini Series , #8
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
881,663
File size:
323 KB

Meet the Author

Barbara Seranella was born in Santa Monica, California and grew up in Pacific Palisades. After a restless childhood that included running away from home at the age of fourteen, joining a hippie commune in the Haight, and riding with outlaw motorcycle clubs, she decided to settle down and do something normal---she became an auto mechanic. Barbara retired from wrenching in 1993.


Barbara was a member of the Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego chapters of Sisters in Crime (although she is probably one of the few members who was ever actually a criminal), and the Mystery Writers of America. She lived in La Quinta and Laguna Beach, California. She died in 2007.


Barbara Seranella grew up in Pacific Palisades, California. After a restless childhood that included running away from home at the age of fourteen, joining a hippie commune in the Haight, and riding with outlaw motorcycle clubs, she decided to settle down and do something normal---she became an auto mechanic, and that was the occupation she chose for her heroine when she switched from fixing cars to writing about them.
She was best known for her Munch Mancini series of crime novels. Her novel Deadman's Switch was to be the first of a planned new series, but sadly, after a long and brave fight against liver disease, Seranella died in January 2007, at the age of fifty.

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An Unacceptable Death (Munch Mancini Series #8) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Ex junkie, ex-con, ex prostitute Munch Mancini finally has her life together and it is a good one. She makes a decent living as an auto mechanic, has a side business as a limousine driver, totally adores her adopted daughter Asia and owns her own home. She is in love with police officer Rico Chacon and the two plans to get married very soon. Munch is not afraid to think of their future even though Rico is working undercover in a dangerous operation that he won¿t ever tell her about. --- Word comes from her police officer friend Mace St. Josh that Rico was murdered and that she should be prepared to talk to Internal Affairs. Munch learns that his survivor pension and death benefits are up being withheld pending an investigation. The department claims that Rico in the company of two drug suppliers was shooting at police officers. Munch knows Rico was clean and she becomes a police informant to prove that Rico was working the right side of the law. This proves a dangerous position to be in because she is caught between cops with their own agendas and two Mexican drug traffickers who seek cocaine that was stolen from them. --- Munch is the poster child for the bad girl turned honest citizen who obeys the laws and stays clean. Her ability to act the part of a criminal is only one of the reasons the police use her to find out what happened to Rico. She goes along with them because if she finds evidence he was a good cop, they will publicly exonerate him. Barbara Seranella has written a heart-wrenching thriller that looks at the politics behind police actions. --- Harriet Klausner