By Michael Simon
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143112310, 288pp.)
Publication Date: August 28, 2007
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From the author of Dirty Sally and Body Scissors, a no-holds- barred thriller set in the seedy underbelly of Austin, Texas
In his pulse-quickening new thriller, Michael Simon continues to do for Austin what James Ellroy has done for L.A. It's 1995 and Texas has a new governor, the heir to a political dynasty. As pols and lobbyists converge on the capital, a former child star and recent porn actress is found murdered and a thirteen-year-old boy is sent out to make a treacherous living on the streets. This is just some of what Dan Reles, Austin Homicide's only New Yorker and only Jew- and its leading loose cannon-has to deal with in Simon's latest gritty mystery.