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Hot Rocks
     

Hot Rocks

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by Randy Rawls
 

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South Florida private eye Beth Bowman’s latest philandering-husband case has ended with a nasty bump on the head and a smoking gun—her own. The good news is that neurologist Dr. David Rassmussen is keeping the cops off her tail . . . and charming her off her feet. The bad news? An ill-mannered thug is trying to turn Bowman into a permanent hood ornament.

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South Florida private eye Beth Bowman’s latest philandering-husband case has ended with a nasty bump on the head and a smoking gun—her own. The good news is that neurologist Dr. David Rassmussen is keeping the cops off her tail . . . and charming her off her feet. The bad news? An ill-mannered thug is trying to turn Bowman into a permanent hood ornament.

Setting out to find the “client” who set her up, Bowman gets friendly with the hunky Dr. Rassmussen—and gets unfriendly with a couple of ne’er-do-well thugs for hire. As her investigation takes her closer to an enticing stash of high-priced ice, it’s up to Bowman and an army of guardian street people to save her reputation and her life.

Praise:

"[Rawls's] new heroine is a keeper who will hopefully be investigating lots more criminal shenanigans on her Florida home turf."—Mystery Scene

"Readers will be reminded of the older Robert B. Parker detective novels where the P.I.s were wise beyond their years, dressed like 'dandy's, and were good with their fists when reading this novel. Why? Because the author has done a fine job of putting the fun and humor back into the very cool mystery genre!"—Suspense Magazine

"With sassy repartee, witty narrative and quirky characters, Randy Rawls gives readers a fun, yet suspenseful read in Hot Rocks."—Fresh Fiction

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A South Florida private eye's first recorded case involves a client who isn't a client getting evidence against a cheating husband who isn't her husband and probably isn't even cheating. When she wakes up on the floor of a hotel room next to the corpse of Hector Garcia, the philandering spouse she'd been tailing, PI Beth Bowman naturally phones the police. It's not only her civic responsibility; it's the logical next step in her report to her client, Hector's wife Maria. The only problem is that Detectives Dick Bannon and Major Sargent (yup, that's right) don't believe a word she says. And no wonder, since Garcia was shot to death with Beth's own gun; all the evidence that Maria Garcia ever hired her has vanished from her handbag; and the dead man is actually one Benjamin Jacobs. It's a setup, of course, and one that's entrapped both Beth and her quarry. Since nothing that follows in this sunlit mystery turns out to be very mysterious, it's not giving too much away to say that the motive for the Jacobs killing is a stash of jewels hijacked from a crime boss who calls himself Mr. T., and that Beth, backed up by ardent neurologist Dr. David Rasmussen and an unexpected army of homeless helpers, is fully equal to the task of outwitting the bad guys. Designed, like the Spenser novels, mostly to show off how tough and smart-mouthed the detective is. On the plus side, you'll learn a dandy way to extract information from unwilling informants without leaving any marks--and without spending more than a few dollars to purchase an item commonly available from any stationery store.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738734132
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date:
11/08/2012
Series:
Beth Bowman, P.I. Series , #1
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 7.86(h) x 0.86(d)

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Meet the Author

Randy Rawls is a retired US Army officer and Department of Defense civilian. He is the author of the Ace Edwards, Dallas P.I. series, short stories in various anthologies, and Thorns on Roses, a South Florida thriller. Rawls is a member of Mystery Writers of America and resides in South Florida. For more information, visit RandyRawls.com.

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Hot Rocks 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
This great read features gutsy private investigator Beth Bowman who takes on a simple case but instead is accused of murder when a dead body is found near her unconscious state. Trying to find the killer(s), Beth who knows her limitations, keeps on looking for clues until the job is done inherits a motley crew of back-up support that includes the mysterious Bob, Dr David and Dot. The author did a good job in delivering a finely tuned mystery that entertained me from the first page to the explosive finale. I loved how Beth handles the situations that she found herself in using her personal bravado. I can’t wait to read the next exciting forays that Beth and her cohorts find themselves in, in this delightfully enjoyable debut series.