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Long Teeth (A Pete Sawyer Mystery) based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
The fourth entry in Marvin Albert's Stone Angel Series has one too many coincidences, but is otherwise another exceptionally well written, atmospheric story of private detective Pete Sawyer trying to solve the kidnapping of the wife of the very rich, influential owner of a transportation company. The owner hires Sawyer to find out if his own son and daughter, who resent their young stepmother, might have had something to do with it. Once Sawyer digs in, he finds things are a lot more complicated than that. Before he knows it, he's into a labyrinth that involves the CIA, the French secret service, criminal gangs, and terrorists.Along the way, Albert gives us a fascinating tour of the area between Arles and Marseilles, as well as some of the back roads closer to Sawyer's home, which is near Monaco. Sawyer is one of the great characters in private eye fiction, with a well-drawn background, including an American father who parachuted into France during WW II and was rescued by the French Resistance, where he met Sawyer's mother. His father died before Sawyer was born, and his mother's life was saved by a man who later became a notorious mobster--but whose beautiful daughter is now a rising lawyer in Nice and Sawyer's sometime girlfriend.In Albert's hands, none of this comes off as a collection of stock characters. He breathes life into every one, and combined with his ability to plot a complex mystery that only requires a little suspension of disbelief, it makes the Stone Angel books a series you must read. Whatever it takes--seek these books out. You won't regret it.