Get Maitland

Get Maitland

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by James Patrick Hunt
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Readers with a high tolerance for implausibilities will best appreciate Hunt's fourth mystery featuring Chicago cop�turned�antique dealer Evan Maitland (after 2009's Maitland's Reply). Max Glendenning, a fellow dealer in New York City, hires Maitland to track down the twin of a rare chair worth almost million that was stolen in England before Glendenning could complete its purchase. Maitland's arrival in London attracts the attention of a vicious pair of Kray-like gangsters, brothers Ian and Ken Shivers, who suspect that Maitland's real reason for being on their patch is connected to their deal with Chicago mobsters to dispose of million in stolen bearer bonds. To protect their interests, the Shivers frame Maitland for murder under circumstances that prevent him from turning to the authorities for help. In his struggle to survive and clear his name, Maitland engages in superhuman heroics more in keeping with a cartoonish action film than a gritty, realistic crime novel. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Evan Maitland, an ex cop-turned-antiques dealer, is in London to find an $800,000 chair. But he is mistaken for a crime boss representative who is arranging to launder bearer bonds stolen in Chicago. The Shiver brothers, heads of London's underworld, want their share and look to shut Maitland down. VERDICT While not the strongest entry in the series, Hunt's thriller (after Maitland's Reply) still has plenty of nonstop action, danger at every turn, and a savvy hero.
Kirkus Reviews - Kirkus Reviews

Evan Maitland, the world's most violence-prone antiques dealer, finds more of the usual even in merry old England.

Whichever anonymous seller was willing to part with a Tarenton Hall chair that matched dislikable New York dealer Max Glendenning's has pulled out of the deal. So Glendenning offers Maitland a fat commission to fly to London and kick-start negotiations with Alistair Lethbridge, the Kensington dentist who'd brokered the deal. Not surprisingly, Maitland's reputation has preceded him, and he's soon recognized. Convinced that he's crossed the pond to interfere with their current business, disposing of $8 million in bearer bonds for the Chicago mobsters who stole them, the fearsome Shivers brothers, brutal Ian and mad-dog Ken, promptly frame him for killing an American Treasury agent whose search for the bonds ends at the grave. It's a bad miscalculation, as anyone familiar with Maitland's record (Maitland's Reply, 2009, etc.) would recognize, and its aftershocks don't end till 10 more people are dead, most of them killed by Maitland in a scenario that reads like The 39 Steps crossed, as the title suggests, with Get Carter.

The usual beautifully judged action sequences are spiced by some piquant fish-out-of-water situations. Even though it's perfectly obvious where this high-speed, high-casualty adventure is going, readers who come along for the ride are promised a whale of a time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594149658
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
04/15/2011
Series:
Maitland
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

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