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“A captivating literate mystery.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“This latest Demarkian tale is spot-on… there’s no slowing this sleuth down.”—Rocky Mountain News
“Outstanding.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Gregor Demarkian is as compelling and intriguing as ever.”—Booklist
Posted December 9, 2008
Philadelphia radio talk show host Drew Harrigan is extremely poplar by the fanatical right-wing who appreciate his law abiding throw away the key approach to justice in which liberals are the cause of all things wrong in America as they are soft on crime he especially goes after drug criminals from the users to the sellers to the growers. However, ironically the inflammatory rabble rouser is arrested for illegal possession of prescription drugs if convicted, the evidence is overwhelming, his show could collapse. --- An alcoholic homeless person Sherman is considered to be Drew¿s supplier. However, someone apparently wanted to reduce the evidence against Drew as Sherman Markey is poisoned and dies. The Justice Project¿s Edmond ¿Chickie¿ George hires former FBI Agent Gregor Demarkian to learn who killed their late ¿client¿ Sherman and whether as many believe it ties back to Harrigan and his arrogant supporters. What seem relatively simple turns out to be complex as Gregor and the Philly police and DA struggle through a labyrinth filled with suspects from all sides of the political, religious and academic spectrum --- This is a terrific whodunit that readers will fully appreciate except perhaps a certain talk show host. The story line is fast-paced yet enables the readers to see the same event from multiple viewpoints. In his twenty-first appearance, the Armenian American sleuth is at his best seeking justice for the disenfranchised with an investigation that takes him all over the place. Fans of the series will take immense delight in Demarkian¿s efforts and newcomers will discover an American tradition. --- Harriet Klausner
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