Death at the Wheel

Death at the Wheel

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by Kate Flora
     
 

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“Thea Kozak is a terrific, in-your-face, stand-up gal…Stephanie Plum and Thea Kozak would have a lot to say to each other.” Janet Evanovich
“Death at the Wheel is a wonderfully spun story, brimming with the humor and humanity that graced the first two books in the series. A solid winner.” Jeremiah Healy
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“Thea Kozak is a terrific, in-your-face, stand-up gal…Stephanie Plum and Thea Kozak would have a lot to say to each other.” Janet Evanovich
“Death at the Wheel is a wonderfully spun story, brimming with the humor and humanity that graced the first two books in the series. A solid winner.” Jeremiah Healy
Thea Kozak is smart and funny, a very modern kind of woman who is carving out a career for herself while juggling all the stresses of a working woman’s life. She works too hard. She’s trying to maintain a long-distance relationship with Andre, the devilishly handsome Maine state trooper she met while trying to solve her sister’s murder. She’s trying to win her critical mother’s approval. She’s trying to find time to get to the gym. And things are about to get a lot more complicated.

Home for Easter dinner, Thea’s mother introduces her to Julie Bass, a sweet young widow whose husband died in a horrific accident at the local auto racetrack. Julie is the woman Thea’s mother wants her to be—one who married a suitable man and produced adorable children. Thea’s mother wants Thea to use her own experience of losing a husband to help Julie deal with widowhood. Thea is sympathetic, but she’s also very busy. And she’s reluctant to revive the pain that helping Julie will bring.

But when the “accident” turns out to be murder and Julie is arrested, Thea is drawn into the search for the real killer. The search takes her from crooked rednecks to banking’s back offices, through a maze of scary people and a web of lies and liars, until Thea must face the possibility that she not only may be unable to save Julie, she may not be able to save herself.

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Editorial Reviews

Emily Melton
Visiting her folks for Easter, series star Thea Kozak, last seen in Death in a Funhouse Mirror (Forge: Tor, 1995), meets Julie, a distraught young widow whose husband died suddenly in a fiery wreck. Accident turns into murder, however, and the police arrest Julie. Little of what the fragile-seeming, sweet-talking woman tells Thea survives under investigation: Thea ends up threatened, abused, and nearly killed before events sort themselves out with the assistance of her detective boyfriend. Anima
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It's hard not to like Thea Kozak, the smart and spunky private detective who first took flight with the solid Chosen for Death and then went ballistic with Death in a Funhouse Mirror. By now, Thea's sharp eye, even sharper tongue, and deadly aim have become part of the mystery landscape. This third adventure--set in the nasty world of auto racing--only reinforces that status.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012855640
Publisher:
Kate Flora
Publication date:
07/06/2011
Series:
Thea Kozak series , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
58,694
File size:
720 KB

Meet the Author

Attorney Kate Flora’s eleven books include seven series mysteries, two gritty police procedurals, a suspense thriller (written as Katharine Clark) and a true crime. Finding Amy was a 2007 Edgar nominee and has been filmed for TV. Her current projects include Death Dealer, a true crime involving a Canadian serial killer, a screenplay, and a novel in linked stories. Flora’s short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including the Sara Paretsky edited collection, Sisters on the Case. She spent seven years as editor and publisher at Level Best Books. Flora is a former international president of Sisters in Crime, and a founding member of the New England Crime Bake conference. She teaches writing for Grub Street in Boston. Her third police procedural, Redemption, will be published in February 2012.

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Death at the Wheel (Thea Kozak Mystery Series) 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading this series after reading her Burgess series and am disappointed. Some of it is my fault; I really do know what to expect from books about amateur sleuths and know I generally don:t like them. This series has all of the usual flaws: the ridiculous number of homicides occurring in the vicinity of said amateur, the unlikeliness of her gaining access to information, and the general obnoxiiousness of some silly twink thinking she can do a better job than professionals and the ridiculousness of her actually doing so. In this book, Thea is particularly obtuse (come to think of it, her failure to suspect the villain in the previous book was also pretty dumb). I had a pretty good idea where this one was going quite early on. The writer's wry humor almost makes the book worth reading, but in the end, Thea's foolish busy-bodying is just too annoying to continue with this series.