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Shooters and Chasers
     

Shooters and Chasers

by Lenny Kleinfeld
 

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A revered Chicago architect is dead on the pavement, gunned down by an inept mugger. Homicide detectives Mark Bergman and John "Doonie" Dunegan bust the mugger, who claims he wasn't the murderer, or even the mugger -- despite being in possession of the murder weapon and the victim's wallet. The prosecutor's a closet thespian. The defense attorney is neurotically

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A revered Chicago architect is dead on the pavement, gunned down by an inept mugger. Homicide detectives Mark Bergman and John "Doonie" Dunegan bust the mugger, who claims he wasn't the murderer, or even the mugger -- despite being in possession of the murder weapon and the victim's wallet. The prosecutor's a closet thespian. The defense attorney is neurotically insecure and the lone defense witness is a chronic liar. The prosecution's case is unraveled by the detectives who built it. The State's attorney is up for re-election and doesn't want to hear about it. The real killers, a pair of world-class assassins hell-bent on making a world-class syrah, were hired by a Los Angeles billionaire philanthropist. But which one? While narrowing the list, Mark and Doonie end up in Southern California, neck-deep in a three-sided war with the assassins and a squad of private security goons.

About the Author
LENNY KLEINFELD began his career as a playwright in Chicago, where he was a columnist for Chicago magazine. In 1987, he sold a screenplay, went out for a drink, and woke up in Los Angeles. He currently resides there with his wife, National Public Radio correspondent Ina Jaffe. Shooters & Chasers is his first novel.

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Publishers Weekly

An apparent mugging gone wrong results in the murder of Wilson Willetts, a renowned Chicago architect, in Kleinfeld's overly long so-so debut. Initially, the police have an open-and-shut case against Emilio Garcia, a drug-addicted loser identified by three eyewitnesses to the fatal shooting as the gunman. Indicted for the crime, Garcia goes to trial in a politically motivated prosecution. As Chicago PD detectives Mark Bergman and John Dunegan investigate further, they find that the suspect's claim he was framed may have some credence. By having the story alternate between the police probe and the efforts to conceal the truth by the forces behind Willetts's murder, the author eliminates any suspense about Garcia's guilt. The formulaic plot includes such clichés as an implausible escape by one of the detectives from the bad guys' clutches despite being restrained in a chair. (Jan.)

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Kirkus Reviews
In Kleinfeld's spellbinding debut, a young Chicago cop chases a pair of killers-for-hire who are also star-crossed lovers. As he steps from a taxi, prominent Chicago architect Wilson Willetts is murdered by an inept assassin who thereupon gets himself nabbed with indecent haste. Apart from Willetts's friends and relatives, just about everyone is happy that such a high-profile case has been cleared with such admirable efficiency. Preparing for trial, State's Attorney Sy Vytautis is happy because visions of sugary headlines dance in his ambitious head. The arresting officers, sexy Mark Bergman and grizzled John Dunegan, his mentor/trainer/partner, are happy because the brass in blue are happy. But happiest of all are professional killer Arthur Reid and his alluring, adoring apprentice Dina Velaros. Now that they've dispatched Willetts and framed feckless Emilio Jesus Garcia, they plan a sybaritic retirement in winemaking country, far from their pursuers. Bergman and Dunegan are excellent cops, however, and something about a case so impeccably neat and complete begins to rankle. Sensibilities alerted, they take a fresh look, and soon enough find themselves in an alternative investigation, awash in an archipelago of hidden, homicidal agendas. Appealing heroes and villains, a quirky love story, wit, style, suspense, plus all the authenticity of an Ed McBain procedural. Lose yourself in it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594147395
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
01/15/2009
Pages:
446
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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More intoxicating than a blue martini in a Bucktown dive, and a lot harder to put down. A hip, hard-boiled, hilarious cop chase with an indelible ensemble cast. --Jacki Lyden, National Public Radio host and author of Daughter of the Queen of Sheba

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