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In Twilight at Mac's Place, the quiet death of an aged spy triggers a desperate race to control his memoirs, which threaten to reveal Cold War secrets many would prefer stayed secrets. When the spy's estranged son receives the then dizzying sum of $100,000 for all rights to the work, he is properly dizzied. He is also smart enough to seek the help of veteran Cold Warriors McCorkle and Padillo, owners of a D.C. bar called Mac's Place that is both a capital landmark and a nest of ...

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Overview

In Twilight at Mac's Place, the quiet death of an aged spy triggers a desperate race to control his memoirs, which threaten to reveal Cold War secrets many would prefer stayed secrets. When the spy's estranged son receives the then dizzying sum of $100,000 for all rights to the work, he is properly dizzied. He is also smart enough to seek the help of veteran Cold Warriors McCorkle and Padillo, owners of a D.C. bar called Mac's Place that is both a capital landmark and a nest of intrigue.

No one notices when CIA agent Steadfast Haynes dies quietly in Washington, D.C. But official indifference quickly turns to panic when it's discovered that Haynes' son, a former L.A. homicide detective, has been offered $100,000 for his father's memoirs. Suddenly, Granville Haynes is thrown into a dark labyrinth of deceit, treachery, and murder.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Thomas ( The Fourth Durango , etc.) is at his best here with an intricate, riveting plot and a fine dry humor. Steadfast Haynes, for many years an unofficial CIA ``fixer,'' dies of a heart attack in Washington. His funeral brings together his 30-ish son Granville, Granny's childhood chum (and Steady's lover) Isabelle, CIA retiree Gilbert Undean and minor arms dealer Tinker Burns. Steady has written his memoirs and left the rights to Granny. In quick succession: Granny discovers Steady's ``book'' is mainly blank pages; Isabelle is murdered; an unknown woman steals the manuscript at gunpoint; and Undean is shot to death. Granny, ex-L.A. homicide dick, aspiring actor and inheritor of Steady's fabled charm and good looks, begins his own investigation, helped by Erika, daughter of a D.C. restaurateur. The complicated plot--two shadowy bidders vie for rights to a real manuscript, Granny and Erika fall in love, there's another murder, with a couple of twists at the end--is helped enormously by a wonderful cast of characters, including a stiff German headwaiter who quotes Proust aptly and effortlessly. A sophisticated, winning performance. (Nov.)
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Secret CIA veteran Steady Haynes's legacy to his son Granville turns out to be more trouble than it's worth. When Granville, a Los Angeles homicide detective turned actor, receives an offer of $100,000 for the rights to his father's memoirs he decides to see how high the bidding will go, but a search for the memoirs leaves him wondering if they even exist. Joining him in his quest are McCorkle and Padillo, owners of a Washington bar and grill called Mac's Place; Ericka, McCorkle's daughter, provides romantic interludes. What begins as an intriguing and often amusing adventure ends with a thud, but Thomas ( Briarpatch, LJ 9/15/84) is a popular author, so expect demand.--Sue Mevis, Ludlow Memorial Lib., Monroe, Wis.
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A murder mystery and a political thriller, these were published back to back in 1989 and 1990, respectively. In The Fourth Durango, an assortment of people pay serious cash to be placed in hiding in order to save themselves from being killed by their enemies. So why are they turning up dead? Twilight features the rush to find the personal memoir of a dead spy, which could reveal several nasty Cold War secrets. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312315849
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/5/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Ross Thomas is ranked as one of the very top thriller writers by his fellow authors, and his readers loudly agree. Two Edgar Awards, and other prizes, only complement the abundant praise that Thomas has received.

Thomas died in 1995, and since then all but one of his twenty-five novels had gone out of print. This should never have happened to the man of whom The New Yorker has said "Very few...are as consistently entertaining...even fewer can match him for style and power." Minotaur is proud to remedy this situation by reissuing Thomas's novels. So start reading, and prepare to join Ross Thomas's legions of admiring fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2008

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    Read this book! Ross Thomas' style is impeccable, classy and funny. A tangle of idiosyncratic characters dance through a Cold War tangle. I read it years ago, loaned the book and it never returned. Glad to see it in print again. Ross Thomas is a Great American Writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2000

    Introducing Granny Haynes, former LAPD Detective

    This is a later McCorkle and Padillo adventure set in Washington, D.C. Thomas again uses their bar and grill as a focal point. The real hero of the story is Granny Haynes, former LAPD detective and now aspiring actor who inherits an old Cadillac convertible and the memoirs of his deceased father, long-time CIA operative Steadfast Haynes. Another interesting character we encounter is Tinker Burns, a spry old ex-French Foreign Legionnaire and maybe the only living American veteran of Dien Bien Phu. I consider this book to be one of Ross Thomas' better efforts, full of insights on maneuverings within the CIA and the Washington power elite.

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