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Sultry blonde Barbara Lacey saunters into the Night and Day, a St. Louis bar, where she waits hours to deliver a mysterious envelope to a man that never arrives. She reluctantly entrusts it to bar owner Alfie Greenblatt, and steps into the alley. Moments later, Alfie hears the crisp pop of a bullet. He calls sergeant Reggie Combs to investigate. Is Barbara's death an accident or murder? Helen Tattaglia approaches her neighbors Elvin Suggs and his partners Cobra Glynes and Dimond "Di" Redding of the Grapevine ...
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Overview


Sultry blonde Barbara Lacey saunters into the Night and Day, a St. Louis bar, where she waits hours to deliver a mysterious envelope to a man that never arrives. She reluctantly entrusts it to bar owner Alfie Greenblatt, and steps into the alley. Moments later, Alfie hears the crisp pop of a bullet. He calls sergeant Reggie Combs to investigate. Is Barbara's death an accident or murder? Helen Tattaglia approaches her neighbors Elvin Suggs and his partners Cobra Glynes and Dimond "Di" Redding of the Grapevine Detective Agency. She hires them to trail her "abusive husband," and alleges that her in-laws have arranged for her murder. Skeptical, the detectives accept the case, but soon discover Helen's sordid past, including another woman named Barbara Lacey. Frustrated, Reggie Combs turns to his friends at Grapevine Investigations. The shady dealings of the Tattaglia family begin to unravel, while they reveal the secret in the envelope.
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"Taut writing, memorable characterization and a superbly evocative setting."  —Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781940586069
  • Publisher: Smoking Gun Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/1/2014
  • Series: 'Nam Noir Mystery Series
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Claire Applewhite is an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, a past president of the Missouri Writers Guild, and a former board member of the Mystery Writers of America. She is the author of Crazy for You, St. Louis Hustle, Tennessee Plates, and The Wrong Side of Memphis. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
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  • Posted September 4, 2012

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    There¿s trouble in the neighborhood of the Grapevine Detective A

    There’s trouble in the neighborhood of the Grapevine Detective Agency. A woman is murdered minutes after leaving a mysterious envelope with the owner of a local bar, a nearby wig shop is broken into and vandalized, and a black car constantly cruises the neighborhood. Neighbor Helen Tattaglia asks the detective agency to follow her husband, son of the head of a crime organization, but Elvin Suggs, Di Redding, and their friend Cobra, a former Marine sniper, are a bit suspicious of her real reason for hiring them. When the owner of the bar and Helen are subsequently murdered, Detective Reggie Combs calls on his friends at the detective agency to help look into the murders. Their investigation leads them back to the Tattaglia family and a doctor of ill-repute performing mysterious experiments.

    This latest installment of the ‘Nam Noir series is as thrilling as ever. Applewhite’s unique writing style – think hard-boiled meets cozy – is intriguing and makes for an enjoyable read. The diverse personas of Elvin, Di and Cobra are a good combination and enhance the fast-moving plot. Readers will be challenged as they try to solve this not-so-easy-to-figure-out whodunit.

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