Angel with a Bullet (Dixie Flynn Series #1)
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Angel with a Bullet (Dixie Flynn Series #1)

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by M. C. Grant
     
 

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Wisecracking reporter Dixie Flynn thinks fast and talks even faster—it’s the only way to survive the San Francisco crime beat. When she’s assigned to look into the death of her former lover, artist Diego Chino, Dixie’s instincts tell her there’s more behind the apparent suicide than the police are letting on.

Dixie’s canvassing

Overview

Wisecracking reporter Dixie Flynn thinks fast and talks even faster—it’s the only way to survive the San Francisco crime beat. When she’s assigned to look into the death of her former lover, artist Diego Chino, Dixie’s instincts tell her there’s more behind the apparent suicide than the police are letting on.

Dixie’s canvassing of the Bay Area art district reveals it to be a perfect picture of corruption, with a handsome art dealer and a reclusive patron in the foreground. After a romantic evening in Chinatown ends in a brush with death, Dixie is more determined than ever to expose the truth. But when a fire in her vicinity turns out to be more than just performance art, it’s clear the perpetrators would rather see Dixie dead than let her destroy their criminal masterpiece.

Praise:

"Under a sort-of-pseudonym, thriller writer Grant McKenzie offers the first of a planned series featuring wisecracking Dixie, with a fast-paced combination of violence and sex and a game-changing twist at the end."—Kirkus Reviews

"With lots of action, colorful characters, and a surprising plot twist, this is an endearing series debut that will have readers eager for Dixie to solve more cases."—Booklist

"The book is a fun murder-mystery filled with action, humour and intrigue—written in first-person-female perspective, which is something unexpected from a male author."—Victoria News(Canada)

"Angel with a Bullet is part gritty detective novel, part chick lit with a fast paced and a wise-cracking reporter."—The Mystery Reader

"If you have a taste for vintage crime fiction, screwball comedies, and the lighter side of noir, Angel With a Bullet might be right up your alley."—Victoria Janssen for Criminal Element

“A terrific novelist!” —Tess Gerritsen,New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Silent Girl

“Grant McKenzie (aka M. C. Grant) really knows how to make a story move.”—Linwood Barclay, international bestselling author ofNo Time for Goodbye

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Kirkus Reviews
A tough San Francisco reporter investigates the death of a former lover. Dixie Flynn is on the scene shortly after the death of artist Diego Chino. A carefully arranged signed canvas that uses his blood and other body materials to depict rage and despair paints a lurid portrait of a suicide. In the fickle world of art, Diego had been a hot seller, but lately he had been overtaken by an artist known as Adamsky. Although Dixie suspects murder, her father-figure friend DS Frank Fury isn't persuaded, and the case is quickly shut down by the highest reaches of the police department. Meanwhile, a man representing the wealthy collector Sir Roger Kingston shows up before the blood has dried on the canvas, claiming Chino had texted him with instructions on where and when to find Chino's posthumous work. Even after the investigation is closed, Dixie, still certain that Chino was murdered, takes the fact that she is harassed and almost run over in a Chinatown alley as confirmation of her suspicions. Can she find the truth before she's killed by whoever is determined to keep the case closed? Under a sort-of-pseudonym, thriller writer Grant McKenzie (No Cry For Help, 2010, etc.) offers the first of a planned series featuring wisecracking Dixie, with a fast-paced combination of violence and sex and a game-changing twist at the end.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738734156
Publisher:
Midnight Ink
Publication date:
09/08/2012
Series:
Dixie Flynn Series, #1
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

M.C. Grant is Grant McKenzie, an award-winning screenwriter, editor, and novelist. He is the author of Switch and No Cry for Help (both published by Bantam TransWorld UK). His short stories have been featured in the First Thrills anthology edited by Lee Child (Tor/Forge), and Out of the Gutter and Spinetingler magazines. His first screenplay won a fellowship at the Praxis Centre for Screenwriting in Vancouver. As a journalist, he worked in virtually every area of the newspaper business, from the late-night “dead body beat” at a feisty daily tabloid to senior copy/design editor at two of Canada’s largest broadsheets. Born in Glasgow, Grant currently reside in Victoria, British Columbia, where he is editor-in-chief of Monday Magazine. For more information, visit him online at GrantMcKenzie.net.

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Angel with a Bullet 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Breezy and fun. Dixie Flynn, a SF reporter, is on the case of missing art, an apparent suicide turned murder, and a scathing, threatening note to one of her neighbors. Well written and witty, "Angel with a Bullet" is a smart fast-paced story for fans of mystery. I look forward to Grant's next Dixie Flynn outing. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dixie, an accident waiting to happen - hopes she lives through another book - entertaining
Measles More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Janet Evanovich meets John Sandford with a touch of Gregory Mcdonald and Raymond Chandler thrown in for good measure. Fun and exciting read. And I fell in love with Dixie - she's my kind of broad.
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