A Long Walk Up the Water Slide (Neal Carey Series #4)

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Sometime student and ever-reluctant detective Neal Carey would rather be finishing a dull doctoral thesis than staring down the nose of a loaded gun -- but his new assignment doesn't sound dangerous. All he's got to do is pull off the ultimate makeover: turn Polly Paget -- a gum-chewing, foul-mouthed, big-haired broad -- into a perfect lady in time to testify in a rape case against Jack Landis, head of the Family Cable Network and America's most beloved family man. But Polly isn't cooperating, and everyone -- ...
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Overview

Sometime student and ever-reluctant detective Neal Carey would rather be finishing a dull doctoral thesis than staring down the nose of a loaded gun -- but his new assignment doesn't sound dangerous. All he's got to do is pull off the ultimate makeover: turn Polly Paget -- a gum-chewing, foul-mouthed, big-haired broad -- into a perfect lady in time to testify in a rape case against Jack Landis, head of the Family Cable Network and America's most beloved family man. But Polly isn't cooperating, and everyone -- including a former FBI agent, an obsessive-compulsive hitman, the Mafia, a porn prince, and a slew of tabloid reporters -- is on her trail, turning Neal's "simple" assignment into a deadly game of duck-duck-goose.
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Katherine A. Powers
Joe Barrett's narration is excellently hard-boiled and his characters aptly voiced: Neal is superbly exasperated; Polly, steel-cored ditzy; the wise guys, an amalgam of dopiness and menace; the boozy detective is flummoxed; and the upper-crust lawyer is fatuousness itself.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Elmore Leonard meets Professor Higgins in Winslow's (Way Down on the High Lonely) latest high-spirited Neal Carey caper. Neal agrees to hide big-haired Brooklyn gal Polly Paget from the media and other predators after she publicly accuses her former boss and lover, family-TV personality Jack Landis, of rape. Once again in the hire of the secret Friends of the Family organization, Neal and his lady love, Karen Hawley, agree to smooth some of Polly's rough edges before she reenters the public eye. Landis, his prim co-star/wife Candy and their investors (some of whom are less than legitimate), who are poised to expand the Landis communications empire into a family theme park, are leery of ugly publicity. The missing woman is hunted by assorted parties: a magazine publisher out for a high-profile centerfold sends a drunken investigator after her; the Landises hire a former government agent to find her; and someone else has called upon the services of a coolly competent hired gun. After assorted cast members converge at the Carey home in Austin, Tex., Neal, Karen, Polly and an unexpected new friend run for cover. Winslow's dialogue zips along as smartly as the action. If Polly becomes less interesting as her diction improves, the rewards of this tale, whose lowlife characters rival the cast of Guys and Dolls, remain undiminished. (Nov.)
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"All parties concerned scramble to come out on top in a final terantella worthy of Donald Westlake...The broadest, loosest, funniest of [the Neal Carey series]."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441786821
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Series: Neal Carey Series , #4
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

DON WINSLOW is the author of thirteen books and has also written for film and television. On his way to becoming a writer, he did a number of things to make a living—private investigator, safari guide, actor, and theater director, among others. His first novel, A Cool Breeze on the Underground, was nominated for an Edgar Award, and California Fire and Life received the Shamus Award. He now lives in Southern California.

JOE BARRETT has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials. He has earned multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been nominated for the prestigious Audie® Award. He has narrated books by such authors as Trevanian, Brian Freeman, and James W. Huston.

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

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    All of the later novels by Don Winslow re now somewhere in my brain, resting comfortably as I liked them all so much. Now I can only go back, back to his earlier works. I like them, too, but I can see the author trying things out, and preparing to become the star author he is. A Long Walk is a bit of a meandering walk, as so many subplots exist and so many twists and turns take it to places I didn't predict. I liked it, but I think here is only one Winslow novel left for me to read. Drat.

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