Snowball in Hell [NOOK Book]

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Los Angeles, 1943

Reporter Nathan Doyle had his reasons to want Phil Arlen dead, but when he sees the man's body pulled from the La Brea tar pit, he knows he'll be the prime suspect. He also knows that his life won't stand up to intense police scrutiny, so he sets out to crack the case himself.

Lieutenant Matthew Spain's official inquiries soon lead him to believe that Nathan knows more than he's saying. But that's not the only reason Matt ...

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Overview


Los Angeles, 1943

Reporter Nathan Doyle had his reasons to want Phil Arlen dead, but when he sees the man's body pulled from the La Brea tar pit, he knows he'll be the prime suspect. He also knows that his life won't stand up to intense police scrutiny, so he sets out to crack the case himself.

Lieutenant Matthew Spain's official inquiries soon lead him to believe that Nathan knows more than he's saying. But that's not the only reason Matt takes notice of the handsome journalist. Matt's been drawn to men before, but he must hide his true feelings—or risk his entire career.

As Nathan digs deeper, it becomes increasingly difficult to stay one step ahead of Matt Spain—and to deny his intense attraction to him. Nathan's secrets may not include murder, but has his hunt put him right in the path of the real killer?

Previously published, newly revised by author.

44,490 words

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426891397
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 4/4/2011
  • Series: Doyle & Spain Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 89,200
  • File size: 423 KB

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Whitey Whitlock greeted him with the usual inquiry as to whether he could explain why they were paying him such an exorbitant salary to sit on his duff and drink martinis at the High Hat all day.

Doyle assured Whitlock he had no idea, but he personally felt he was worth every penny. Then he sat down and typed up some malarkey, handed it in to Whitlock, who scowled as he skimmed the crisply typed pages from beneath white and beetling brows, and shook his head.

"Doesn't anyone in this town know anything?"

"If they do they're not talking to the press."

Whitlock didn't say the obvious: that it had taken Nathan all goddamned day to file a story that any cub reporter could have turned in his first day on the job. In the old days Nathan would have had his ass canned for that kind of omission, but with the manpower shortage, and the war effort dominating every front page, he had a little room to operate. And, while he wouldn't have previously thought to trade on it, his bloodstained resume gave him a certain amount of clout at the Tribune-Herald.

He told Whitlock that that since every paper in town was covering the story he was hoping to get the human interest angle. Whitlock looked skeptical, and rightly so. Nathan hadn't given any previous indication of anything so unwholesome as an interest in humans, but he contented himself with shaking his head and muttering how he'd always known it was a mistake to hire Doyle.

And then, very off-handedly, he mentioned that the police had been there looking for him--twice.

Nathan stood still for a moment. Then he realized that Whitlock was watching him, and he raised his brows. "I can't uncoverall their leads for them," he said.

Whitlock hrrmphfed. "Next time meet them at your other office. They bring down the tone of the place." He retreated, muttering, to his lair, and Nathan went to the men's room and splashed cold water on his face.

He needed to eat something. That was the first priority. And then he needed to see what the cops wanted. But, of course, he knew what they wanted. They wanted to know why he hadn't mentioned he was one of the last people to see Phil Arlen alive. They would have found that out right after they visited the Las Palmas Club.

There had never been any question he was going to have to have this conversation with Lt. Spain, but it was better to go into it prepared, so he drank some water and headed downstairs to the newspaper morgue where he looked up everything he could find on Lt. Mathew Spain.

There wasn't a lot. He learned that Spain was thirty-five--a few years older than himself--and had been a cop for ten years before he enlisted in the marines, had been hit by sniper fire on Guadalcanal, and he returned to the Los Angeles police force, who were, apparently, so delighted to have him back they'd promoted him to lieutenant.

Mathew. Matt.

It suited him. Nathan stared down at the black and white photo. It was a tough face, but an intelligent one. Keen eyes--you could see it even in black and white. A stubborn chin, a full--but grim--mouth. Not a guy who gave up easily--if at all. It was a mouth that looked like it had learned the hard way not to smile too easily. It was an attractive face and it was hard to remember that this was the face of an adversary.

The hungry, restless feeling was on him again. For a few months in hospital he'd hoped--prayed--he was cured, but it was worse since he'd returned to Los Angeles. Much worse. Need was like a fever burning him up, burning up his inhibitions, his common sense, his instinct for self-preservation. Ironically, the war had kept him reasonably sane, reasonably steady. But now he was back to where he'd started.

He needed to give Lt. Mathew Spain a call.

But first--he decided to go down to the Biltmore for a couple of drinks.

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    Great read. I enjoyed the mystery and the characters. Nathan m

    Great read. I enjoyed the mystery and the characters. Nathan made my heart ache for him.

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    Posted January 25, 2013

    Josh Lanyon doesn't disappoint.  I enjoyed the mystery and the a

    Josh Lanyon doesn't disappoint.  I enjoyed the mystery and the atmosphere of the story.  I hope there will be another story in the series so we can see how Doyle and Spain handle their relationship amidst the social constrictions of the 1940's.

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    An amazing effort. I thought I was watching an old film noir. Th

    An amazing effort. I thought I was watching an old film noir. The atmosphere, the period details, the characters are all pitch perfect. Even the ending was exactly right.

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