A Shroud for Aquarius

A Shroud for Aquarius

by Max Allan Collins
     
 

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Ginnie Mullens was many things in her life: tomboy, hippie, businesswoman, and inveterate gambler. Now, she’s just dead — apparently by her own hand. But “apparently” doesn’t pass muster with mystery writer Mallory, because no matter what else she may have been, Ginnie was first and foremost his friend. There’s nothing Mal

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Ginnie Mullens was many things in her life: tomboy, hippie, businesswoman, and inveterate gambler. Now, she’s just dead — apparently by her own hand. But “apparently” doesn’t pass muster with mystery writer Mallory, because no matter what else she may have been, Ginnie was first and foremost his friend. There’s nothing Mal won’t do to prove she didn’t go into that good night willingly…and nothing that will stop him from coming down hard on her killer.

As for suspects, they stretch back as far as high school, harboring motives from the professional to the passionate. But when Mallory’s heartbroken hunt for clues carries him from Iowa to Las Vegas — with detours down the boulevard of a generation’s broken dreams — the most shocking secrets he uncovers may be Ginnie’s own. And proving who really pulled the trigger becomes a blast from the past that may prove explosive today.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mystery writer Mallory was a precocious reader as a youth and for years shared the thoughts spawned by great books with his high school friend Ginnie Mullens. But the two lost touch as adults although they lived in the same small Iowa town. Nevertheless, Mal is troubled by Ginnie's apparent suicide and agrees to help the police chief, sub rosa. Tracing her life back from her recent business success to her '60s-style rebellion, Mal is saddened to uncover gambling and drug trafficking in Ginnie's history, a history some of her associates would persuade him to leave alone. His investigation, however, also uncovers another former schoolmate, this one grown into a beautiful and engaging woman. Mallory, met before in No Cure for Death and Kill Your Darlings, is a likable, brave and sensitive fellow who has believable and entertaining adventures. Foreign rights: Dominick Abel. November 11

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612185231
Publisher:
Thomas & Mercer
Publication date:
12/11/2012
Series:
Mallory Mystery Series, #4
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Max Allan Collins is the New York Times best-selling author of Road to Perdition and multiple award-winning novels, screenplays, comic books, comic strips, trading cards, short stories, movie novelizations, and historical fiction. He has scripted the Dick Tracy comic strip, Batman comic books, and written tie-in novels based on the CSI, Bones, and Dark Angel TV series; collaborated with legendary mystery author Mickey Spillane; and authored numerous mystery novels including the Quarry, Nolan, Mallory, and the bestselling Nathan Heller historical thrillers. His additional Mallory novels include The Baby Blue Rip-Off, Kill Your Darlings, A Shroud for Aquarius, and Nice Weekend for a Murder.

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