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Harlot's Moon - Book III of the Robert Payne Mysteries
     

Harlot's Moon - Book III of the Robert Payne Mysteries

3.9 20
by Ed Gorman
 
Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A Catholic priest has been found half-naked and dead in a seedy motel room, with his tongue cut out. Ex-FBI profiler Robert Payne has been called in to investigate by his childhood friend Steve Gray, now a monsignor. With a fund-raising drive coming up, Steve wants to squelch a scandal. But all the signs point to unholy doings in the tightly knit

Overview

Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A Catholic priest has been found half-naked and dead in a seedy motel room, with his tongue cut out. Ex-FBI profiler Robert Payne has been called in to investigate by his childhood friend Steve Gray, now a monsignor. With a fund-raising drive coming up, Steve wants to squelch a scandal. But all the signs point to unholy doings in the tightly knit parish.

Why did the pugnacious president of the Parish Board remove a gold earring from the scene of the crime? Was his beautiful blonde wife doing more than confessing to the profligate priest? And why was the dead priest hoarding newspaper stories about two other brutal murders? As Payne examines the evidence and pieces together the profile of a subtle and devious killer, it's clear that there will be hell to pay--with no end in sight...

PRAISE FOR HARLOT'S MOON

Publisher's Weekly: "Payne belongs to the hard-boiled detective school, but Gorman gives him an appealing softer side by detailing his loving relationship with live-in girlfriend Felice, by showing his attention to a young girl with cerebral palsy and by examining his ambivalent feelings for his dying stepfather. The prolific Gorman delivers another smooth page-turner..."

LIBRARY JOURNAL: "Slick prose and an entertaining plot."

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Product Details

BN ID:
2940014240550
Publisher:
A Gordian Knot Mystery from Crossroad Press
Publication date:
03/23/2012
Series:
Robert Payne Mysteries , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
695,122
File size:
729 KB

Meet the Author

Ed Gorman is an award winning American author best known for his crime and mystery fiction. He wrote The Poker Club which is now a film of the same name directed by Tim McCann.

He has written under many pseudonyms including "E. J. Gorman" and "Daniel Ransom." He won a Spur Award for Best Short Fiction for his short story "The Face" in 1992. His fiction collection Cages was nominated for the 1995 Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction Collection. His collection The Dark Fantastic was nominated for the same award in 2001.

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Harlot's Moon - Book III of the Robert Payne Mysteries 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
MikeHammerTime More than 1 year ago
First read this about a decade ago, in a single sitting. Robert Payne is perhaps my favourite of Ed Gorman's leading men - there's a wonderful sense of the hard-nosed, hard-boiled Chandler feel to the character, but he's so much beyond that, too. And there's a reason for that, Ed Gorman knows how people think, how they feel and how they react. He dips into fears and knows how to trigger them, and keep us on edge, doubting. You can't go wrong with Gorman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting. I cant seem to put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And i was impressed. Characters and plot were well developed. I look foward to more works by Mr. Gorman.
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I found this book to be an adequate read, but no special recognition. It's a time filler.
scoobydoo1445 More than 1 year ago
This book is a page turner. The action keeps going and the surprises keep coming. This murder mystery will keep you up at night to finish.
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A really good read. A teriffic mystery story. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading Harlot's Moon I have read two more Robert Payne books. I am now hooked on his books. Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
new author to me that was a good find, will seek out other books by same
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When a book is on a list of "Picked Just For You", I give the book some serious consideration. After I purchased and read this book, I need to reevaluate my position. I thought the characters were not very interesting, the storyline was weak and the editing was abysmal. I found spelling errors and plot shifts erratic. It almost read like a novice writer handing a mountain of manuscript to an editor and the editor begrudgingly cutting and pasting the story together. I wasted my money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty much the standard "Who dun lt" murder mystery novel. The author gave the story just enough suspense to keep the pages turning. I never really understood with whom the priest was having a tryst. I thought the actual murder could have been played up more. There certainly was enough characters in the plot of whom to suspect committed the murder. I thought Felice, (the girlfriend) was being totally insenitive towards Payne's feeling regarding Vic, the stepfather, who showed up totally unexpected on Payne's doorstep. Without knowing the history between Payne and Vic, and just knowing Vic no more than a few minutes, she was already taking Vic's side and even offering him a place to stay. She continued her support towards him regardless. This irrated me and made me dislike her character. This was a pretty standard read, even the revelation of the murderer came as no big shock. If you have nothing else to do and you want something to read this book will fill the need.
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