The Manipulated (Paperback)

By Nathan Walpow

Down & Out Books, 9781946502698, 312pp.

Publication Date: June 4, 2018

List Price: 17.95*
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Joe Portugal's experienced killing before. He's seen gunmen mow down a friend on little more than a whim. He's known greed and ambition to drive his friends to murder. But now he's face to face with a whole new degree of wickedness.

A show business prodigy has been shot dead. Though no one--except perhaps the man's father--will mourn him, his demise puts Joe in debt to a shadowy presence whose sway extends deep into Southern California industry, government, and law enforcement. And suddenly Joe begins to suspect that everyone he knows--his prot g , stunning television star Ronnie McKenzie; his new wife, Gina; and most disturbing of all, his prison vet father--is part of that clandestine coterie known as "the manipulated."

Nathan Walpow's "snappy Chandleresque dialogue" (Los Angeles Times) adds punch to this intricate, darkly witty whodunit set in the trashier byways of Tinseltown.

Praise for the Joe Portugal Mysteries:

"I thought the last Joe Portugal mystery, One Last Hit, was unbeatable. Wrong. The Manipulated is even better. Suddenly this is a must-read series." --Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher novels

"I love reading Nathan Walpow books...a solid, intelligent mystery...add Walpow's marvelous sense of humor and you'll see why he's winning new fans every day." --Jan Burke, Edgar Award-winning author

"Snappy Chandleresque dialogue." --Los Angeles Times

"Joe's wry sense of humor will convert readers into loyal fans." --Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine