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Crooked

Crooked

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by Brian M. Wiprud
     
 

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Nicholas Palihnic is a natty, tweed-suited hustler who knows every nook and cranny of New York–and a thousand ways to break a girl’s heart. Beatrice Belarus is a Manhattan art dealer with an insatiable appetite for money–and for anyone who gets in her way. And a painting titled Trampoline Nude, 1972 has neither nudity nor a trampoline. But when

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Nicholas Palihnic is a natty, tweed-suited hustler who knows every nook and cranny of New York–and a thousand ways to break a girl’s heart. Beatrice Belarus is a Manhattan art dealer with an insatiable appetite for money–and for anyone who gets in her way. And a painting titled Trampoline Nude, 1972 has neither nudity nor a trampoline. But when Nicholas is hired by an insurance company to find the recently stolen painting, a murdered art thief points him to a trove of gold buried beneath Manhattan–and suddenly all roads are leading back to Beatrice. As fortune hunters, lovers, and other strangers gather around him, there’s one thing Nicholas must remember above all else: in this business, it’s better to be crooked than dead....

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"Thrilling... Wiprud's engaging, hard-boiled style draws readers into both the art world and the underworld of New York, and his colorful cast keeps things moving with wit to spare."—Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly
Wiprud's latest caper chronicles a gaggle of wacky characters in pursuit of a stolen painting in Manhattan, centering on shady man-about-town Nicholas Palihnic, brother of the taxidermist hero of Wiprud's previous mysteries, Pipsqueak and Stuffed. Hired by an insurance company to hunt down Trampoline Nude, 1972, Nicholas scurries through the city, bumping into a string of increasingly wild friends and foes, including a mysterious Chinese man in a porkpie hat; a tough-talking art dealer named Beatrice Belarus; and Nicholas's old friend Nicasia Grieg, grieving over her lover, Barney, a thief she believes was eaten by crocodiles in Costa Rica (but who is actually alive and well in Hoboken). Wiprud's engaging, hard-boiled style draws readers into both the art world and the underworld of New York, and his colorful cast keeps things moving with wit to spare-especially the plucky lead. Some pieces of this tale hang loose-most notably Barney's odd relationship with a childhood mentor-but the journey is a thrilling one, with an ending even the most astute readers won't see coming. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440243120
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/25/2006
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
762,198
Product dimensions:
4.23(w) x 6.91(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

BRIAN M. WIPRUD
Age: Wears red tennis shoes
Physical Description: Diabolical & Occasionally Fiendish
Profession: Mystery Author, Outdoor Writer & Photographer
Latest Accomplishments:
*Independent Mystery Bookseller's Association Bestseller
*2002 Lefty Award for Most Humorous Novel
*2003 Barry Award Nominee for Best Paperback Original
Favorite Books: The Squid and I, Chuck Flink
Tubing Badgers for Fun and Profit, Bubbles McCoy
Favorite Movies: "Bowanga! Bowanga!," "Eegah!"
Hobbies: Knife Throwing, Sword Swallowing, Hanging by Fish Hooks
Favorite Lines: "What a gorgeous day. What effulgent sunshine. It was a day of this sort the McGillicuddy brothers murdered their mother with an axe." WC Fields.
Favorite Scotch: Bourbon

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