By Don Winslow
Sometime pupil and ever-reluctant detective Neal Carey might otherwise be completing a lifeless doctoral thesis than staring down the nostril of a loaded gun-- yet his new project does not sound risky. All he is obtained to do is pull off the final word makeover: flip Polly Paget-- a gum-chewing, foul-mouthed, big-haried broad-- right into a excellent girl in time to testify in a rape case opposed to Jack Landis, head of the relatives Cable community and America's such a lot loved kin guy. yet Polly is not cooperating, and everyone-- together with a former FBI agent, and an obsessive-compulsive hitman, the Mafia, a porn prince, and a slew of tabloid reporters-- is on her path turning Neal's "simple" project right into a lethal video game of duck-duck-goose.
In a hellish and hilarious escapade that takes him from the deserts of Nevada to the intense lighting fixtures of Las Vegas, and at last to a hair-raising climax in a shoddily outfitted amusment park, Neal attempts to flee the mob's colossal weapons whereas taking a slippery stroll up the world's greatest water slide.
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It’s the smile, the sweet, cheerful, mocking smile of a rat on a landfill. “Hello, Dad,” Neal answered. Karen gave Neal a peck on the cheek and handed him a cup of coffee. Maybe I should give this stuff up, Neal thought. It smells like battery acid, makes my stomach hurt, and gives me a headache. He pulled out a chair and sat down at the table. That’s where he made his big mistake. He should have gone back to bed, pulled the covers over his head, and refused to come out until Joe Graham was thirty thousand feet in the air, winging back to New York.
Karen returned the dirty look. Not an Aunt Bea dirty look, but a Karen Hawley “don’t tread on me; I’ll cook breakfast any damn time I feel like it” look. Besides, Karen loved Joe Graham. That little leprechaun face was just so damn cute, and the artificial arm made him so vulnerable. She liked the way he respected himself and the people around him. And she knew the story of how Graham had raised Neal from an abandoned child into a pretty decent human being. Karen treated Graham like a beloved father-in-law, even though he wasn’t Neal’s real father and Neal wasn’t her husband.
And she knew the story of how Graham had raised Neal from an abandoned child into a pretty decent human being. Karen treated Graham like a beloved father-in-law, even though he wasn’t Neal’s real father and Neal wasn’t her husband. In 1980s America, Karen thought, families don’t always come in square boxes. “So what is this? ” Graham asked. He’d never seen Neal with long hair before, never mind the beard. And the worn denim shirt hanging over faded blue jeans? The kid needed a decade check. “Sort of a disguise,” Neal mumbled.