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After Jack Slidell’s discovery of his law partner’s death in an apparent drug/sex killing, he and the beautiful Caroline Wonder are suddenly hurled into a race for their lives, a hair-raising odyssey filled with outrageous characters and violent suspense.  Hit men and sinister government agencies hunt them at every turn, but their quest for justice determines more than the guilt or innocence of a dead friend: the fate of the earth and humanity’s survival hang in the ...

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2011 Mass Market Paperback **An EXCELLENT book at a sensible price. Clean, crisp, unmarked pages. Immaculate text. Value for the price. We ship within 24 hours, carefully ... wrapped! "Black is a serious writer in the old sense, in the absolute sense. Brilliant, unsettling, and honest, this is David's best book." We sell books from New to Acceptable. We take care to be accurate in our description. Most of our books were gently read and in fine condition. BNCTucsonbooks ships daily. Proceeds from the sales of books support a. Read more Show Less

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After Jack Slidell’s discovery of his law partner’s death in an apparent drug/sex killing, he and the beautiful Caroline Wonder are suddenly hurled into a race for their lives, a hair-raising odyssey filled with outrageous characters and violent suspense.  Hit men and sinister government agencies hunt them at every turn, but their quest for justice determines more than the guilt or innocence of a dead friend: the fate of the earth and humanity’s survival hang in the balance.

A page-burning, pulse-pounding chase-thriller of earth-shattering dimensions, The Extinction Event is also populated with colorful characters almost Dickensian in their energy and flamboyance. This is a book that will stick with you when you are done, a story you will remember for a long, long time.

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“In a room full of tired thrillers and gumshoe capers, David Black’s sensational new book is the life of the party. The Extinction Event sits at the table of Bradbury and Chinatown, Stieg Larsson and CSI.”—Graydon Carter, journalist, author and editor of Vanity Fair

“I think this is the best thing David Black has ever done!”

—Bill Cosby, Emmy abd Grammy Award - Winning comedian, actor, author, and activist

“Black is a serious writer in the old sense, in the absolute sense. Brilliant, unsettling and honest, this is David's best book."

—Alec Baldwin, Golden Globe and Emmy Award - Winning actor and star of 30 Rock

“There are always surprises within David's work, more so because he writes of the familiar and makes the familiar surprising.  There are amazing surprises in this one."

—Richard Dreyfuss, Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award - Winning actor

" An electric thriller, crackling with action, believable characters, witty dialog, and fine, literate writing.  The scientific twist at the end will shiver your soul.  What a spectacular novel."                                      —Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author of Impact

"Ignites in chapter one and blazes to the final page...by far the best conspiracy thriller in years.  Read this book!"                                                                                                                                           —Ralph Peters, New York Times bestselling author of The War After Armageddon

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Black (Like Father) swirls noirish mystery elements, fine writing, and engaging characters into a complicated, sexy thriller that will please readers of any genre. A late-night phone call to Mycenae, N.Y., lawyer Jack Slidell sends him to a nearby motel, where he finds his boss, Frank Milhet, dead, a prostitute beaten unconscious, and lots of crack cocaine scattered about the seedy motel room. The police suspect Jack, who has a history of past misdeeds, but don't charge him with any crime. Along with attractive fellow lawyer Caroline Wonder, Jack sets out to clear his name. In short order, Jack takes three serious beatings and a knifing, and a mysterious figure known as the Cowboy gets on his tail. The secret of Frank's murder, which may have nationwide consequences, could be tied to a wealthy local family with links to a utility company. The ending will leave some heaving the book across the room, some scratching their heads, and others haunted for days. (May)
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Another hard-boiled novel that doesn't quite make it. The narrative starts out with a far-from-unique premise. Lawyer Frank Milhet is in bed with a hooker, Jean Gaynor, and immediately after their hot encounter the cell phone of Milhet's partner, Jack Slidell, goes off. After a brief and cryptic exchange, he heads out to the seedy motel where Milhet and Gaynor were having their tryst, only to discover Milhet dead and Gaynor in traumatic distress. It seems that in their sex-and-drugs encounter someone laced their coke with cyanide. When the cops arrive, they arrest Slidell because he's on the scene and thus the only available suspect. From then on, Slidell's life starts to head south-he loses his job at the law firm (no great loss) and of course decides to track down the killer. While Robert Flowers, Slidell's former law partner, commiserates with him, Slidell himself snaps into action. His assistant in this quest is Caroline Wonder-blonde, blue-eyed and a "Dutch Knickbocker bluestocking," in contrast to Slidell's hardscrabble background. At first Caroline is icy and able to resist the cynical Slidell's cold charm, but over the course of the novel things heat up between the two. Slidell is pursued by a thug he calls "The Cowboy," a menacing presence whom we first meet when he skewers a motel clerk's hand on a desk spike. Along the way more murders occur (including Robert's), and Black continues adding to his stable of idiosyncratic and exaggerated characters. In addition to The Cowboy, who tries to kill Slidell as they both participate in a demolition derby, we have (on the good side) Mama Lucky, a helpful informant for Slidell and "the fattest woman Caroline had ever seen," who seems to live on Jack Daniels. (Needless to say, Slidell's drink of choice is bourbon.) The putative motivation for all the killing is, of all things, electrical pollution. While the elements of the hard-boiled detective are here, it's all rather predictable and ho-hum. Agent: Mel Berger/William Morris Endeavor
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765362483
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 5/24/2011
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 4.02 (w) x 6.76 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

David Black is an award-winning journalist, novelist, screenwriter, and producer. His novel Like Father was named a notable book of the year by the New York Times and listed as one of the seven best novels of the year by the Washington Post. The King of Fifth Avenue was named a notable book of the year by the New York Times, New York Magazine, and the A.P.  He divides his time between upstate New York and Manhattan.

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  • Posted July 25, 2010

    Terrific read

    Great character development and a page-turner plot. Beautifully written with fine attention to details that create real texture in the story.

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  • Posted July 15, 2010

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    Blurbs Everywhere

    My expectations for The Extinction Event were high given all of the blurbs by prominent writers, both on the back cover and the inside cover. I should have known to take them with a grain of salt. This book is not well-written or particularly interesting. It reads more like a TV script with silly things for the audience to grasp than any reader used to clever writing, intricate plots, and well-drawn characters. Here the author creates stick figures who might appear colorful, like Mama Lucky. He calls his cohort Five Spot after a jukebox bimbo. The dialogue between Five Spot and Jack is just lame. Sorry, I got bamboozled by the blurbs. One thing that tells me is that the author is well-connected, but not "a rival for Grisham." It may be "the best thing David Black has done." Who could quarrel with that? I guess the blurb saying the twist at the end will "shiver your soul" should have tipped me off that hyperbole was the rule of the day here. Not recommended.

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  • Posted June 4, 2010

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    action-packed noir

    Lawyer Frank Milhet picks up hooker Jean Gaynor in the Dutch Village Motel Bar jut north of Niverville, New York. While they have sex and crack, his law firm partner at Milhet & Alvarez Jack Slidell receives a strange call in which his response is he is on the way. He goes to the dive where Milhet and Gaynor were having sex and sniffing only to find Frank dead and Jean out cold. Two cops arrive soon after Jack entered the room and arrest Slidell based on his being at the murder scene, but let him go as they do not have enough to hold him for long.

    Apparently someone laced the cocaine with cyanide; the cops still suspect Jack. Meanwhile he is fired, but though depressed he refuses to give up. Encouraged by beautiful legal newcomer with Manhattan connections Caroline Wonder, Jack investigates the homicide; applying skills he developed years ago before law school while at the NY Daily News. His efforts assisted by Caroline lead to the mob and the Feds chasing after them Others soon die too, but in spite of several beatings and a knifing (and twelve-speed sex) Jack and Caroline cannot quite connect the grid.

    This is an action-packed noir that readers will enjoy even though the story line is sub-genre centric in every nourished way. Readers will root for Jack who wonders if he fell through Alice's hole, to end up at the Mad Hatter's tea party. Filled with eccentrics, Noir fans will enjoy The Extinction Event wondering like the lead duo on the run (except for interludes) what the motive for the serial killings starting with Milhet could be.

    Harriet Klausner

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