Bolero

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Bolero introduces Nick Sayler, the private investigator who lives aboard a Hudson River barge with a brilliant savant, a retired psychiatrist and a stunning Creole girl. But Sayler’s haunted by memories of the woman who took a bullet meant for him, so his good life is belied by a bad drinking habit.
Then an emergency room doctor’s desperate call about a ballerina with no memory and nothing on her except his card, changes everything. If he can dip into his notorious past to ...

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Overview

Bolero introduces Nick Sayler, the private investigator who lives aboard a Hudson River barge with a brilliant savant, a retired psychiatrist and a stunning Creole girl. But Sayler’s haunted by memories of the woman who took a bullet meant for him, so his good life is belied by a bad drinking habit.
Then an emergency room doctor’s desperate call about a ballerina with no memory and nothing on her except his card, changes everything. If he can dip into his notorious past to uncover the secret that will save the dancer, maybe he can finally save himself.

“Joanie McDonell’s Bolero is an auspicious debut — sophisticated, stylish, and sexy. We shall be hearing a lot more about Nick Sayler, a disenchanted hero in the classic mode.” — Benjamin Black, author of Christine Falls

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McDonell (Half Crazy) is a bit too true to the originals that inspired this first in a new series, which introduces Nick Sayler, a damaged PI somewhere between Lawrence Block’s Matthew Scudder and John D. Macdonald’s Travis McGee. Nick, who lives on a barge called Dumb Luck on the Jersey side of the Hudson, crosses the river after receiving a call from an ER doctor at Manhattan’s Bellevue hospital about an unidentified amnesiac woman. She was the victim of a brutal attack and was carrying Nick’s business card. Her misshapen feet suggest she’s a ballet dancer. When the doctor who called Nick turns up dead, and Nick and his friends narrowly fight off a raid aimed at the dancer, it becomes clear this was no random attack and that the dancer is still a target. The unsurprising, straightforward plot stalls in telling Nick’s tragic backstory, but readers will appreciate the colorful supporting cast, including beautiful women for Nick to protect from loathsome bad guys. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612184401
  • Publisher: Amazon Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Series: A Nick Sayler Novel Series , #1
  • Pages: 374
  • Sales rank: 492,629
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanie McDonell, who once spent a lot of time aboard a barge very much like the Dumb Luck, now lives on the beach near the eastern end of Long Island. She's written poems, screenplays, the novel Half Crazy, and The Little Book of Hope. She is currently at work on the next book featuring Private Investigator Nick Sayler.

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