Lost Coast

Lost Coast

by Roger L. Simon, Roger L. Simon
     
 

Roger Simon's hardboiled hippie private eye Moses Wine has starred in seven acclaimed mysteries, including The Big Fix, which became a smash movie starring Richard Dreyfuss. Now, Moses is back with a new, desperately urgent case-to find and clear his missing son, who is on the run from the FBI, accused of murder.

Moses has given up his radical image for a

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Roger Simon's hardboiled hippie private eye Moses Wine has starred in seven acclaimed mysteries, including The Big Fix, which became a smash movie starring Richard Dreyfuss. Now, Moses is back with a new, desperately urgent case-to find and clear his missing son, who is on the run from the FBI, accused of murder.

Moses has given up his radical image for a lucrative corporate investigations practice in Los Angeles, submerging his '60s passion and convictions under '90s practicality. But when his son Simon, a member of a radical environmentalist group in Northern California, is accused of killing a logger with a booby-trap, Moses knows it's time to swap his wingtips for Birkenstocks and investigate.

Traveling up to redwood country with his ex-wife, Suzanne, Moses runs headlong into a backwoods brawl between the loggers and Simon's "eco-warrior" friends. With things escalating all too rapidly all around him, Moses has to confront the past-his ex-wife's, his son's, and his own-to discover the truth behind the wave of violence sweeping the forest. It's the most important case of Moses' life, and one sure to please old fans and new.

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Editorial Reviews

L.A. Times
Hip Sleuth Ages Nicely in The Lost Coast
By Dick Lochte, Special to The Times

When Roger L. Simon awoke his counterculture sleuth Moses Wine from a nine-year literary nap with the 1997 mystery The Lost Coast, few of his fans got the word. As Simon says in an introduction to the new trade edition (ibooks, $14, 256 pages), "Not only did [his publisher] not advertise or promote the book...they printed it on paper so cheap the pages started to turn brown around the edges before the books even got out of the stores." Rude treatment for one of the more entertaining and emotionally charged entries in the popular series. In Coast, the rebellious spirit that motivated "the people's detective" in his 1973 debut novel, The Big Fix, seems to have been inherited by his son, Simon, with tragic results. A member of an eco-terrorist group in Northern California, the young Wine is being sought by the police for a tree-spiking that resulted in a logger's death. Moses motors north from L.A. to do what he can for the boy. Not only does he have to deal with smarmy lawmen, aggressive militants on both sides of the logging issue and a ruthless cadre of killers, he's faced with a seemingly ungrateful child, a hostile ex-wife and his former best friend with whom said wife had the affair that put paid to their marriage. Author Simon provides us with action, suspense, humor and bright dialogue aplenty, but it's his narrator-detective's approach to life that has distinguished this series. In The Lost Coast, middle age may have shaken his confidence and smoothed the edge of his hipster attitude, but fueled by fatherly love, Moses Wine is still a force to reckon with and to read with pleasure.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671039042
Publisher:
ibooks, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Series:
Moses Wine Series, #7
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.71(d)

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