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A Long Walk Up the Water Slide (Neal Carey Series #4)
     

A Long Walk Up the Water Slide (Neal Carey Series #4)

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by Don Winslow, Winslow
 

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Neal Carey has to keep the mob, the FBI, and a major television personality from killing his newest client— but he's tempted to do the job himself.

Sometime student and ever-reluctant detective Neal Carey would rather be finishing a dull doctoral thesis than staring down the nose of a loaded gun— but his new assignment doesn't sound dangerous.

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Neal Carey has to keep the mob, the FBI, and a major television personality from killing his newest client— but he's tempted to do the job himself.

Sometime student and ever-reluctant detective Neal Carey would rather be finishing a dull doctoral thesis than staring down the nose of a loaded gun— but his new assignment doesn't sound dangerous. All he's got to do is pull off the ultimate makeover: turn Polly Paget— a gum-chewing, foul-mouthed, big-haried broad— into a perfect lady in time to testify in a rape case against Jack Landis, head of the Family Cable Network and America's most beloved family man. But Polly isn't cooperating, and everyone— including a former FBI agent, and an obsessive-compulsive hitman, the Mafia, a porn prince, and a slew of tabloid reporters— is on her trail turning Neal's "simple" assignment into a deadly game of duck-duck-goose.

In a hellish and hilarious escapade that takes him from the deserts of Nevada to the bright lights of Las Vegas, and finally to a hair-raising climax in a shoddily built amusment park, Neal tries to escape the mob's big guns while taking a slippery walk up the world's biggest water slide.

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"All parties concerned scramble to come out on top in a final terantella worthy of Donald Westlake...The broadest, loosest, funniest of [the Neal Carey series]."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Elmore Leonard meets Professor Higgins in Winslow's (Way Down on the High Lonely) latest high-spirited Neal Carey caper. Neal agrees to hide big-haired Brooklyn gal Polly Paget from the media and other predators after she publicly accuses her former boss and lover, family-TV personality Jack Landis, of rape. Once again in the hire of the secret Friends of the Family organization, Neal and his lady love, Karen Hawley, agree to smooth some of Polly's rough edges before she reenters the public eye. Landis, his prim co-star/wife Candy and their investors (some of whom are less than legitimate), who are poised to expand the Landis communications empire into a family theme park, are leery of ugly publicity. The missing woman is hunted by assorted parties: a magazine publisher out for a high-profile centerfold sends a drunken investigator after her; the Landises hire a former government agent to find her; and someone else has called upon the services of a coolly competent hired gun. After assorted cast members converge at the Carey home in Austin, Tex., Neal, Karen, Polly and an unexpected new friend run for cover. Winslow's dialogue zips along as smartly as the action. If Polly becomes less interesting as her diction improves, the rewards of this tale, whose lowlife characters rival the cast of Guys and Dolls, remain undiminished. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312966171
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
07/15/1998
Series:
Neal Carey Series , #4
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
277
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.71(d)

Meet the Author

As well as writing for television and film, Don Winslow is the bestselling author of 19 books and numerous short stories, including The Kings of Cool, Savages, The Winter of Frankie Machine, The Cartel, and the acclaimed The Power of the Dog. A former private investigator, anti-terrorist trainer, and trial consultant, Winslow lives in Southern California.

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A Long Walk up the Water Slide: Neal Carey Mystery Series, Book 4 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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KenCady More than 1 year ago
All of the later novels by Don Winslow re now somewhere in my brain, resting comfortably as I liked them all so much. Now I can only go back, back to his earlier works. I like them, too, but I can see the author trying things out, and preparing to become the star author he is. A Long Walk is a bit of a meandering walk, as so many subplots exist and so many twists and turns take it to places I didn't predict. I liked it, but I think here is only one Winslow novel left for me to read. Drat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago