When male supermodel Cullom Furyk plummets to his death from the top of a major downtown hotel, gay Chicago Police Detective Paul Turner and his partner, Detective Buck Fenwick, are called to find out what actually happened. One witness claims that Furyk was pushed to his death, and someone involved in Furyk's tumultuous personal or professional life may have played a role in the mysterious incident. Will Turner and Fenwick be able to determine the killer before someone gets away with murder?] Find out, in ...
When male supermodel Cullom Furyk plummets to his death from the top of a major downtown hotel, gay Chicago Police Detective Paul Turner and his partner, Detective Buck Fenwick, are called to find out what actually happened. One witness claims that Furyk was pushed to his death, and someone involved in Furyk's tumultuous personal or professional life may have played a role in the mysterious incident. Will Turner and Fenwick be able to determine the killer before someone gets away with murder?] Find out, in Mark Richard Zubro's hilarious and action-packed mystery Drop Dead.
Haute couture, love triangles, jealousy and corporate rivalries fuel this simplistic but entertaining fifth installment of Zubro's Paul Turner series (after The Truth Can Get You Killed). When Guinevere Inc.'s signature model, international fashion sensation Cullom Furyk, falls to his death from the penthouse of one of Chicago's most exclusive hotels, police detective Paul Turner and his partner, Buck Fenwick, are put on the case. Cullom had been attending a party celebrating an informal merger between rival fashion houses Guinevere Inc. and Heyling & Veleshki. Turner's interrogation of the guests quickly reveals that the merger was far from a match made in heaven. Guinevere's president, Franklin Munsen, and the young upstart couple Gerald Veleshki and Roger Heyling had been rumored to employ vicious subterfuge to undermine each other's companies. Cullom had been crucial to Guinevere Inc.'s success, and it was no secret among the glitterati that Heyling & Veleshki would have done anything to get their hands on Cullom's moneymaking body. Turner and Fenwick also turn up hints from several sources in the fashion industry about Cullom's reputation as a sexual athlete who had few close friends but lots of gay lovers. The catty, ever-shifting alliances of haute couture don't make it easy for honest joes Turner and Fenwick to pin down a suspect. The sardonic, earthy Fenwick plays a straight bad cop well to Paul Turner's sensitive, gay good cop as the two pick their way through the events and scene-makers gathered in Chicago for a major fashion convention. With pithy dialogue, Zubro solidly crafts the cops' camaraderie. The other characters, however, are not so fortunate; their speech often seems forced or robotic. While the murder trail leads to an only mildly suspenseful ending, Turner in particular is attractive enough to make this lightweight mystery worth reading. (June) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Everybody agrees that right up to the minute it hit the pavement 30 floors below the Archange Hotel's penthouse, Cullom Furyk's toned body made him one of the most sought-after models in the world. But that's about all they agree on. Gay Tribune gossip and fashion columnist Sean Kindel maintains that as Cullom's latest lover, he knew him better than anybody else. Gordon Findley, the caterer who's carried a torch for Cullom ever since their high-school days, says Kindel is delusional; as Cullom's closest confidant, he would've known if Cullom had added Kindel to his storied list of lovers. Cullom's agent, Hartly Woodward, tearfully tells gay Chicago cop Paul Turner and his straight partner Buck Fenwick that he was the one who knew Cullom best. Franklin Munsen, who employed Cullom as his signature model, calls his fashion house, GUINEVERE Inc., the second-richest in America; Gerald Veleshki and Roger Heyling, Munsen's cross-town rivals, insist that Munsen's about to go under and acknowledge that, yes, Cullom was about to start modeling for them. Zubro expertly keeps up the flow of deliciously catty rumors and counter-rumors, but except for the battle over GUINEVERE's fortunes, the stream of innuendo doesn't thicken or gel until Turner notices a telltale clue in a pair of underpants. Low-level cop humor and satiric lobs at safe fashion targets keep this fifth installment of Turner's adventures well below the level of Another Dead Teenager (1995) and The Truth Can Get You Killed (1997).