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St. Louis Hustle
     

St. Louis Hustle

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by Claire Applewhite
 

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When sleek Emily Davies begs Elvin Suggs to trail her philandering husband, Nick, it seems like an easy request. Dimond "Di" Redding and Elvin are eager to get started on the first case for their new business, Grapevine Investigations. Along with help from their fellow Vietnam vet, Cobra Glynes, they follow the cheating husband straight to St. Louis'

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When sleek Emily Davies begs Elvin Suggs to trail her philandering husband, Nick, it seems like an easy request. Dimond "Di" Redding and Elvin are eager to get started on the first case for their new business, Grapevine Investigations. Along with help from their fellow Vietnam vet, Cobra Glynes, they follow the cheating husband straight to St. Louis' notorious "no tell motel"—The Coral Court. From the start, Di distrusts Emily, a nurse at People's Hospital. She can't explain why she's uneasy, until she spots Emily at the Coral Court Motel, with a well-known plastic surgeon. The mousy desk clerk, Waldo E., knows his "regulars," but he refuses to divulge his secrets to the investigators. When one of his guests turns up dead in her own apartment, he still won't talk, not even to police detective, Reggie Combs. The victim's sleazy landlord is quick to point the finger at Emily's cheating husband. After another body turns up, this time at the Coral Court Motel, Elvin and Di discover there's no escape until they see this twisted case through to the bitter end.

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“Applewhite has created an engrossing tale that presents the setting almost as one of the cast of characters. If you like neatly rendered, nicely plotted fiction, you’ll finish St. Louis Hustle in one sitting. For those who know little or nothing about St. Louis, Applewhite’s novel is the perfect gateway to the Gateway City.”  —John Lutz, author, Single White Female

"Applewhite isn’t afraid to stretch the boundaries of noir fiction, as when she saddles a glamorous adulteress with the daily care of two young children. These kinds of odd juxtapositions add interest and depth."  —Kirkus Reviews

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"Author Applewhite has created an engrossing tale that presents the setting almost as one of the cast of characters. If you like neatly rendered, nicely plotted fiction, you'll finish ST. LOUIS HUSTLE in one sitting. For those who know little or nothing about St. Louis, Applewhite's novel is the perfect gateway to the Gateway City."
Kirkus - Amy Edelman



ST. LOUIS HUSTLE by Claire Applewhite
A fledgling detective agency's assignment to investigate a cheating husband uncovers betrayals beyond adultery. Although the action is fast-paced, Applewhite is at her best when she focuses on her characters. Many are compelling as they struggle against self-deception. Applewhite isn't afraid to stretch the boundaries of noir fiction.
John Lutz
Author Applewhite has created an engrossing tale that presents the setting almost as one of the cast of characters. If you like neatly rendered, nicely plotted fiction, you'll finish St. Louis Hustle in one sitting. For those who know little or nothing about St. Louis, Applewhite's novel is the perfect gateway to the Gateway City."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603183062
Publisher:
L & L Dreamspell
Publication date:
03/30/2011
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
0.46(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

Meet the Author


Claire Applewhite is an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, a past president of the Missouri Writers Guild, and a former board member of the Mystery Writers of America. She is the author of Candy Cadillac, Crazy for You, Tennessee Plates, and The Wrong Side of Memphis. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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St. Louis Hustle 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
christytilleryfrench More than 1 year ago
In this second installment of the 'Nam Noir Series, Elvin Suggs and Dimond "Di" Redding, along with their friend, fellow Vietnam vet Cobra Glynes, have begun a new chapter in their lives: moving to a new home and starting the Grapevine Detective Agency. Their first case is to trail Nick Davies, husband of Emily, who suspects Nick is having an affair. This is confirmed when they follow Nick to the Coral Court Motel, a cheap place popular for secret love trysts. There's something about Emily Di doesn't trust, and this is borne out when Emily is spotted at the same motel her husband utilizes. The investigators come up against a block wall when they try to question the secretive desk clerk, who refuses to divulge any information about the motel's regulars. After Nick's girlfriend is found dead, the police zone in on Nick. When the bodies of two other women are discovered, Detective Reggie Combs has his hands full trying to figure out if the murders are connected, who is behind them, and the possible motive. The investigators team up with the detective, ultimately placing their own lives in danger. This mystery, which takes place in the gritty back streets of south St. Louis, Missouri, is replete with suspicious characters. The plot is a good one, offering a mystery readers will be challenged to solve. Applewhite conveys the seediness of characters and locales in a vivid, colorful manner. Her characters are fleshed out and real, enhanced with dialogue that rings true.