“Greer layers on the complexity up to the very end, drawing deeply on Old West history and the many facets of African-American life in cowboy country to develop rich characters and plot lines.”
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When bail bondsman and bounty hunter CJ Floyd opens an antique store, the last thing he expects is to be fingered for murder. But that’s exactly what happens after an immigrant student tries to sell him a rare book. The book contains a hidden photograph as legendary—and valuable—as the Maltese Falcon. The seller quickly turns up dead in an alley,
When bail bondsman and bounty hunter CJ Floyd opens an antique store, the last thing he expects is to be fingered for murder. But that’s exactly what happens after an immigrant student tries to sell him a rare book. The book contains a hidden photograph as legendary—and valuable—as the Maltese Falcon. The seller quickly turns up dead in an alley, and CJ is the main suspect. He corrals his friends—Flora Jean Benson and his band of hardscrabble urban cowboys and comrades in arms—to help him find the killer. Before he knows it, CJ finds himself on the dark side of a historical looking glass that has him following eccentric power brokers, museum curators, art dealers and collectors, and academics down a trail of greed and corruption as they all vie for a picture they’re willing to kill for. It doesn’t help that his psychopathic nemesis, ex-Olympian Celeste Deepstream, is busy plotting CJ’s demise for causing the death of her twin brother. The Fourth Perspective is a fast-moving, full-dress whodunit based on the last great American railroad construction project and its priceless photographic history.
Robert Greer is a practicing surgical pathologist, research scientist, and professor of pathology and medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. The author of The Devil’s Backbone, Resurrecting Langston Blue, and The Mongoose Deception, he edits the High Plains Literary Review and lives in Denver.
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Blaming C.J. Floyd for her brother¿s death, Celeste Deepstream is determined to even the score by killing C.J. After kidnapping and beating up his girlfriend Mavis, C.J. and Celeste tangle but she escapes and now is teamed up with Russian Mafioso Alexie Borg who will help her kill the former bounty hunter and bail bondsman.----------- C.J. sold his share of the business to his partner Flora Jean and opened Ike¿s Spot: Vintage Western collectibles after the trauma both C.J and Mavis suffered, . A college student comes in the store to sell him two books which he buys. When he goes to his car, student Luis Del Mora is killed and C.J. later discovers that in the book cover of one of the books was a million dollar daguerreotype of the golden spike railroad ceremony in 1869. Luis¿s mother Theresa hires Flora Jean to find out who killed her son.------------- - Alexie has a colleague blow up C.J¿s store but most of the damage occurs to the adjoining store of his landlord. C.J. gathers his friends to help flush out Celeste who is determined now to take her nemesis out on her own Flora Jean, knowing C.J. is broke, asks for his help in tracking down Luis¿s killer. He minimizes the danger to Mavis, but realizes he is anticipating the adrenaline rush that he experiences when he is on a dangerous hunt. He wonders if he can find a way to stop Celeste and continue with his antique business and do some dangerous jobs without angering Mavis.---------- The latest C.J. mystery is filled with lots of action, intrigue, and a spot of romance. C.J. is the original tough guy but in THE FOURTH PERSPECTIVE is portrayed with more vulnerability then he usually is. This humanizes him and makes the readers root for him especially because he needs his friends to be safe and not worry about his safety before their own needs. Robert Greer has written a crime caper that is loaded with intrigue, double-crosses and dangerous games of cat and mouse.------ Harriet Klausner