Line of Sight

Line of Sight

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by Jack Kelly
     
 

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A steamy, neo-noir thriller, reminiscent of the best of James M. Cain.Straight as an arrow, Detective Ray Dolan has always done everything by the book that is, until he meets the woman next door. Sheila Travis is intelligent, sexy, vulnerable, and married. From the minute Ray and Sheila meet, it seems, they have a bond between them. Ray knows Sheila's probably just… See more details below

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A steamy, neo-noir thriller, reminiscent of the best of James M. Cain.Straight as an arrow, Detective Ray Dolan has always done everything by the book that is, until he meets the woman next door. Sheila Travis is intelligent, sexy, vulnerable, and married. From the minute Ray and Sheila meet, it seems, they have a bond between them. Ray knows Sheila's probably just using him, but it still feels good. In fact, Ray has no idea just how powerful Sheila's hold on him is, until one afternoon a frantic phone call from her sends him bolting into action and spiraling into a series of nightmarish events that may very well destroy his life. Written in deceptively languid prose, with an undercurrent of tension you can cut with a knife, Line of Sight offers breathtaking plot twists, suspense from the first page to the last, and promises to put Jack Kelly on the same map with Elmore Leonard. "Kelly clearly is a talent, capable not only of writing edgy, compelling prose but of evoking an era when cigarettes were nails and hobos stared from passing trains."--Los Angeles Times Book Review

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Kelly writes in a clean, uncluttered style reminiscent of James M. Cain, featuring basically good men up against dire circumstance. In his third novel (after Appalachian and Mad Dog), the main character is a police detective, Ray Dolan, in an upstate New York city. He is a quiet man who finds satisfaction in doing things well and by the book. The dire circumstance in his lonely life turns out to be a new next-door neighbor, sexy, sad Sheila Travis. Sheila's husband seems to be a drunk and a bully, but she's soon encouraging the infatuated Ray to drop by and shed his uniform. When her husband is killed, what can poor Ray do but try to help her out? Thus begins a tortuous tale that goes on springing shocks virtually until the last page. This is a headlong read, with some real suspense, but Kelly's efforts to keep the reader constantly guessing sometimes leads him astray. Ray, for instance, is made to seem far more gullible than a man in his position probably would be, and the shenanigans of his best friend, fellow detective Frank Kaiser, as he investigates the Travis killing, should have made Ray suspicious much sooner. The story also has at least one double-cross too many, and the climax is over the top. Still, in its lean, noir way, this page-turner keeps its momentum, with a brace of camera-ready characters, including one unforgettable femme fatale who could send movie producers looking for the present-day equivalent of Barbara Stanwyck. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Boy meets girl, boy sleeps with girl, girl's husband gets shot, etc.

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ISBN-13:
9780786866144
Publisher:
Hyperion
Publication date:
09/13/2000
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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