One O'clock Jump: a Dorie Lennox mystery

One O'clock Jump: a Dorie Lennox mystery

by Lise McClendon

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Lise McClendon's complex, cleverly crafted mystery keeps reader's attention throughout the novel. A new winning series that will please historical mystery fans. --Harriet Klausner

"Dorie Lennox is a humdinger of a private eye." -- Sue Grafton

Halfway around the world, war has begun, but for Dorie Lennox, a newly-minted private eye on her first tail, danger is more immediate. The dark streets of Kansas City of 1939 offer swing music, fast cars, gangsters, and the chance to forget about the Depression and her own murky past. But first she must conquer her fears and save a woman on a bridge high above the muddy Missouri. Dorie is thrown into a quickly unraveling scam that offers salvation to few -- and misery to plenty -- in the high stakes world of machine politics and desperation deals.

The landscape of America and the homefront of World War II are evoked in a thoughtful mystery that lingers for the force of characters and keen sharpness of a slice of history seen through the perceptive, compassionate eyes of Dorie Lennox.

Segueing neatly to the Kansas City of Count Basie and FDR's fireside chats, McClendon debuts an excellent historical series, with evocative period dialogue and a story line full of surprises. Iris Jackson is a woman with a secret, but not for long. PI Dorie Lennox, hired to tail the meatpacker's "bar girl," thinks her first solo job is over when Iris jumps into the Missouri River, but this is just the beginning. Background on Iris is hard to find; rummaging through her few belongings yields scant information. Frustrated, Dorie picks up the investigation her partner, a WWI vet suffering from mustard gas poisoning, was working on when he was hospitalized centered on the new racetrack outside Kansas City. With little to go on, Dorie follows what leads she has straight into a web of false identities, cover-ups and fraud. Everyone seems to have at least one secret the crooked lawyer who instructs her to pursue the trail, the meatpacker, the silent partners in the racetrack, even Dorie herself. Layers of lies, pretext and disguise must be peeled back to solve an old mystery before thugs succeed in doing more than simply beating her up. Dorie moves from hospital to racetrack, to jazz clubs, wisecracking all the way. With a blurb praising Dorie's appeal from Sue Grafton, McClendon (author also of the Alix Thorssen series) seems well poised to make this new series a hit.
-- Publisher's Weekly

Product Details

BN ID: 2940012219350
Publisher: Thalia Press
Publication date: 03/15/2011
Series: Dorie Lennox Mysteries , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 274
File size: 202 KB

About the Author

Lise McClendon is the author of eleven novels, including Blue Wolf and Blackbird Fly, as well as Jump Cut and PLAN X under the pen name Rory Tate. She is one of five co-writers of the dark comic spoof, BEAT SLAY LOVE. She lives in Montana.

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One O'Clock Jump: A Dorie Lennox Mystery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story involving a lot of people who are down on their luck and living in bad neighborhoods. The book ends with a lot of questions unanswered and criminals going unpunished. I can’t recommend it.
ShazInNV More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book on so many levels. The characters were well written, ranging from the mustard-gas victim of WWI, now our heroine's boss, to the other residents at Doria's boarding house. The setting of Kansas City in 1939, with jazz clubs and war-worried citizens was different and fun for me. I'll look for more of this series. Very good.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
By 1939 the Great Depression is all but over and prohibition has been repealed. President Roosevelt wants to keep the country out of the latest Great War in Europe even as many of his countrymen want to serve overseas. Dorie Lennox is somewhat concerned with global events, but is more interested in her work as a private detective. Her partner is Amos Haddan, a victim of mustard gas that haunts him two decades after the war to end all wars ended.

Dorie¿s¿ latest engagement involves tailing Iris Jackson to see if she is cheating on her boyfriend. She follows Iris for a week only to observe her target commit suicide by jumping off the Hannibal Bridge. Stunned by the event, the case continues when her client hires Dorie to conduct a thorough investigation of Iris¿ life. However, a twist occurs when the police charge her mentor Amos with murder, leaving it to Dorie to find out who set them up so smoothly.

Lise McClendon, author of the Thorssen mysteries, shows how versatile her talent is with a new series set in 1939 that uses period idioms and vernacular to set the tone. This technique along with historical references provides a glimpse at the atmosphere of the era just before America¿s entry into World War II. The complex, cleverly crafted mystery keeps reader¿s attention throughout the novel. Dorie is hard-boiled on the outside yet tender on the inside, as she has risen above some tough breaks in her life. Ms. McClendon has started a new winning series that will please historical mystery fans.

Harriet Klausner