Hunting Sweetie Rose
By Jack Fredrickson
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312605261, 352pp.)
Publication Date: February 28, 2012
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"Jack Fredrickson is one hell of a writer. This is a book that satisfies on every level."--William Kent Krueger Sweetie Fairbairn, the doyenne of Chicago society, is known for big-hearted philanthropy and magnificent soirees in her penthouse high atop one of the city’s premier boutique hotels. Dek Elstrom is hired by a mysterious man in a long limousine to investigate the death of a clown. Was it suicide—or murder? What is the connection between the dead clown and Sweetie?
JACK FREDRICKSON'S first Dek Elstrom mystery, A Safe Place for Dying, was nominated for the Shamus Award for Best First Novel, and his second, Honestly Dearest, You're Dead, was a March 2009 Pearl Pick. His short fiction has appeared in the acclaimed Chicago Blues and in Michael Connelly’s Burden of the Badge anthologies. He lives in Chicago.
"Excellent... Readers will root for Elstrom every step of the way."
--Publishers Weekly (starred)
"A well-plotted, soft-boiled mystery that simultaneously charms, entertains, and perplexes. Compare with David Housewright for an unassuming protagonist and upper Midwest flavor, and Michael Harvey for historical flavor."
"Establishe[s] Dek Elstrom as a most appealing protagonist and a true Chicago character."
"Combines a killer plot with always witty, often smart-alecky prose and a cast of eccentrics to make Hunting Sweetie Rose another worthy — and arguably the best — book in a series marked by daring originality."
"Jack Fredrickson writes in a tempting, sometimes noir style, fond of eccentric characters, pithy patter, sarcastic comebacks, and retro (or timeworn) locales. The plot piques interest from the outset, quickly grabbing the reader full force...This one already stands out as a fine candidate for more than a few of the year's top prizes."
“Everything I want in a mystery.” —Nancy Pearl, National Public Radio on A Safe Place for Dying
“Quirky, affecting . . . this poignant thriller is something quiteout of the ordinary.” —Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal on Honestly Dearest, You’re Dead
“[Dek] Elstrom has lost none of his initial appeal. . . . a seriously good guy.” —Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review on Honestly Dearest
“Fast, funny and wonderfully plotted, Jack Fredrickson’s latest, Hunting Sweetie Rose, is a great read and one that shouldn’t bemissed.” —Michael Harvey, author of The Third Rail
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