Always Say Goodbye
A Lew Fonesca Mystery
By Stuart M. Kaminsky
(Forge Books, Hardcover, 9780765316011, 272pp.)
Publication Date: November 28, 2006
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Four years ago Lew Fonesca's wife was struck and killed in a hit-and-run within sight of their apartment. He fled Chicago, driving mindlessly until his car gave up the ghost in Sarasota, FL. Working from a cheap office behind the Dairy Queen on Highway 301, he makes a threadbare living as a process server and savors his clinical depression like a fine wine.
Life's a sneaky mistress, though, and has a way of suckering you into caring. Lew's found that he's really good at helping people get out of bad situations. That he matters. And Lew's therapist, who alternately acts as his conscience and his sparring partner, tells him that unless he's willing to leave the planet, it's about time that he goes back to Chicago and closes the door to the past so that he can finally get on with the rest of his life. Lew hates to admit it, but he's beginning to see her point.
So Lew returns to his home town, to friends and family…and to a grief that threatens to engulf him. He's resolved to dig until he finds out who killed his wife. In doing so, he'll uncover both sweet and painful memories of his past. He'll also confront a murderer who'll not hesitate to kill again to make sure hidden secrets stay buried.
Stuart M. Kaminsky is an Edgar Award winner who has more than 50 published novels to his credit and who The Mystery Writers of America have named as their 2006 Grand Master, MWA's highest honor. Always Say Goodbye is the fifth title in the Lew Fonesca series (following Vengeance, Retribution, and Midnight Pass). Kaminsky is also the author of the Inspector Rostnikov, Toby Peters, and Abe Lieberman mystery series. He lives with his family in Sarasota, Florida.
"Kaminsky is such a pro that the pages fly by, and even though Lew is often such a sad sack, it's hard not to root for him."--The Chicago Tribune on Retribution
"There are three things we've come to expect from a Kaminsky story: superb plotting, real-world dialogue and character development. He doesn't place a foot wrong in any of these departments in Midnight Pass."--Sarasota Herald-Tribune