Bliss Jumps the Gun

Bliss Jumps the Gun

by Bob Sloan
     
 

New York City homicide detective Lenny Bliss's biggest mistake wasn't bungee-jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge. The mistake was handing his gun to the previous jumper, a young Chinese girl: she's gone. Bliss's wife has a successful career as a stand-up comic (often using him for material), but for Bliss work is serious. A young Off-Broadway actor has been found…  See more details below

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New York City homicide detective Lenny Bliss's biggest mistake wasn't bungee-jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge. The mistake was handing his gun to the previous jumper, a young Chinese girl: she's gone. Bliss's wife has a successful career as a stand-up comic (often using him for material), but for Bliss work is serious. A young Off-Broadway actor has been found dead on stage; Bliss's partner, Ward, is out of commission, reeling from having been shot by a druggie —and now an unstable young woman has disappeared with Bliss's gun. Bob Sloan's street-smart plot, full of jump-cut scenes and colorful New York atmosphere, follows Bliss as he frantically tries to track down Li-Jung while also investigating murder suspects. Why are the dead man's very rich parents acting strangely? What motives are the other members of the theater troupe hiding—the poetic Wolf, haunted by Vietnam memories; the director Katrina, with her obsessive videotaping; the seductive Constance, who harbors a secret and seems bent on distracting Bliss from his job? Meantime Li-Jung, a walking time bomb of rage and loneliness, waits for the right moment to use her unexpected new power. When a nothing-to-lose ex-cop picks her up in his cab and sees a way to make some blackmail money, events come together fast in a tense and satisfying conclusion.

Sloan has a flair for snappy, natural-sounding dialogue, and his characters, good guys and bad, are sharply drawn and believable. (Booklist)

Very entertaining. . . . Fans of New York police tales will ecstatically delight in this novel. (Midwest Book Review)

[An] inventive plot . . . keep[s] you on the edge of your seat. (KirkusReviews)

Bliss is a pip of a creation.... the book for the mystery reader who's looking for something fresh. (Publishers Weekly starred review)

A brilliant mystery. (Jim Harrison, author of Legends of the Fall)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393321142
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Series:
Lenny BLISS Mystery Series
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.25(h) x 0.71(d)

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