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Everything You Have Is Mine (1st of the Lauren Laurano series) [Kindle Edition]

Sandra Scoppettone
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Book Description

“Ms. Scoppettone has created an original and daring private detective in Lauren Laurano. She’s all heart---a Greenwich Village dreamer who deserves to be heard from again.” The New York Times

“A lively pace, convincing characterizations, colorful scene setting and sensitive observations about complications among families ordinary and unusual. Readers will want to follow Lauren on her next case.” Publishers Weekly

Scoppettone’s novel is about real people, real places, real problems. She has a true talent for describing all three.” The Orlando Sentinel

Lauren Laurano, engaging, frank, funny and determined, is a welcome addition to the ranks of female detectives…an attractive interesting character who grapples with her own problems…refreshing and realistic.” San Francisco Chronicle

Private investigator Lauren Laurano makes her funny and suspenseful debut as a sleuth who must take on a rapist, a killer, a tangle of family relationships, her own fears, and New York City itself in order to solve several murders. Far from being the usual hard-bitten tough, Lauren is terrified of insects, computers, and blood. She’s pretty, quirky, funny and a lesbian. For the past eleven years she’s lived in the heart of Greenwich Village with beautiful, warmhearted psychotherapist, Kip Adams; they bicker playfully and enjoy the urbane company of friends and the heady, offbeat Village life.

But when Lauren’s job becomes dangerous, they quarrel, and the peace is about to be rocked again by her latest case: she’s been hired by an elegant, mysterious woman to find the rapist of her younger sister, Lake. Violent sex soon turns to violent death, and it’s up to Lauren to discover whether Lake’s rapist is also a murderer. The search takes Lauren through a world of contemporary attachments, twisted familial relationships, sexuality, greed, betrayal, and death. Along the seamy trail of the killer, Lauren confronts fears both big and small, as well as the terrible fact that people whether abusive or abused, often refuse to tell (or face) the truth.

This is not only a riveting mystery; it’s also a fresh observant look at New York City in its modern failures and successes. Through the clear eyes of Lauren Laurano we see the wretchedness of AIDS, homelessness , structural decay and drug dealing, and the glamor of Village bars, restaurants, bookstores and brownstones.

Everything You Have is Mine breaks the mold of the P.I. novel with an unforgettable new detective star.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Lauren Laurano, Manhattan PI and former FBI agent, is 40ish, feisty, quick-witted and gay. In her engaging debut she solves a complicated case that begins with the rape and subsequent murder of a young woman named Lake Huron, who ran a computer dating service. To find out if Lake's rapist was also her murderer, Lauren must untangle the victim's knotted family ties and determine why her relatives all lie about their relationships to one another. The threat to Lauren, announced in an attack on her in her office, sparks anxiety and anger in psychotherapist Kip Adams, Lauren's lover of more than a decade, with whom she shares a Greenwich Village brownstone. Scoppettone ( Some Unknown Person ) evokes palpable Village scenes as Lauren's search takes her back to the unbridled '60s, when a fatal legacy of jealousy and deception was spawned. After another murder, the unmasking of several false identities, the mastering of basic PC technology and tense confrontations with Kip, Lauren sets herself up as a decoy to capture rapist and murderer. A lively pace, convincing characterization (Lauren, Kip and their circle of mostly gay friends are especially clearly drawn), colorful scene setting and sensitive observations about complications among families ordinary and unusual far outweigh the overwrought elements of the plot; readers will want to follow Lauren on her next case.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Hired to find the second-date rapist of a beautiful New York woman of means, private detective Lauren Laurano (a lesbian with a social conscience) must soon look for the woman's murderer instead. As she struggles through a sticky web of family relationships to reach the unsuspected killer, Lauren becomes a computer ad dict, jeopardizes her own safety, and reveals a realistic sketch of contemporary life in the Village. The author imbues her concerned heroine--who often refers to other fictional female sleuths--with a certain feckless charm and scatterbrained wit that both endear and entertain. A winning combination.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 442 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UN5XRS
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good mystery August 20, 2002
It's always a gamble to pick up a book by a new (to you) author. This is especially true with lesbian mysteries as I have found that there are alot of hits and misses in this genre. All in all I found this first installment of the Lauren Laurano mystery series to be enjoyable.
Lauren's life and her relationship with her partner, Kip, is disrupted when Lauren finds herself obsessed with a new case. Venturing for the first time into cyberspace (an interesting look back at the infancy of the internet) while searching for Lake's rapist and following up leads even when the individuals who employed her are the main suspects Lauren won't stop until she gets answers to the questions that are nagging her.
Besides the outdated technology, Scoppettone spends too much time describing the fashions worn by each character. In addition her descriptions of how long time passes ("two months later the elevator arrived") can get annoying after two or three references. I must admit that these are small flaws I found in this book and I will still continue reading the remainder of the books in this series.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent; highly recommended October 18, 2000
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I discovered this book when it was very favorably reviewed in the Sunday New York Times. The reviewer described it as the first mainstream mystery featuring a lesbian which would appeal to everyone (regardless of sexual preference). Since it took place in Greenwich Village (where my office was temporarily located at the time), and I guess I was a little curious about the lesbian lifestyle, I bought it.
It was excellent. Despite having always considered myself very thoughtful and broadminded, I was surprised at how many problems gays face that would never have occurred to me.
I also loved the Village setting. My office was temporarily located there at the time, and the book mentioned sites which had hitherto confused me (e.g., a large unmarked building which always had people coming and going turned out to be the Gay and Lesbian Center).
In short, apart from the mystery, it provided an excellent glimpse into a very different world. I highly recommend it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book, bad translation! January 18, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I read the first adventure of Lauren (in the french version, because I am french) I was very enthusiastic...I love books where you feel envolved, and when you cannot stop reading (sorry for my english!). So I decide to buy the second one in Italy, where I leave. They sell me the 4th one telling me that it was the second (that what the review on the book says!). This is the worst thing that they could do! I have to say that also the translation is AWFUL! No sense sentence, grammar errors.... So I bought the 2 intermediate books (can you imagine that?) in french. The translation is better than the italian one, but still have some errors. Isn't possible to find a good translator, or a good spelling checker? I think I will buy the fifth one in english, even if it is a harder job for me to read in english...At least I hope to read what Scoppettone writes! How can I write an email to the writer?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best PI series November 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
And it starts out with a bang in EVERYTHING YOU HAVE IS MINE. This is a winning combination-a protagonist that will linger in your mind, a terrific plot, and great commentary on the times (the beginning of the computer age). It is wonderful to have it available again even though my print copy still sits on my shelf. As always, Sandra Scoppettone writes the best dialog in the business. And she perfectly balances a personal life with a professional one for her protagonist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite in The Series? April 13, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It's hard to pick a favorite in Scoppettone's great lesbian detective series but I think this is mine. There's never been anything like these books and I'm delighted to see
them back in print. You seldom find this smart humor in any book much less in a series.
Hooray! Vin Packer
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I just recently discovered this mystery author and she is a fabulous writer. If you truly enjoy good writing along with a bit of detective work, you will run right out and buy this book. You will not be disappointed in this series, guaranteed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem TO Read and Savor April 2, 2015
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-Everything You Have is Mine- is an excellent and wonderfully written murder mystery with characters you'll remember and look forward to reading about again and again. Set in New York City's Greenwhich Village, it is the first in the Lauren Laurano murder-mystery series and does not need an extensive plot summary without giving things away. Scoppitone's writing style is relaxed and smooth- as if you are hearing about an adventure told to you by your favorite cousin. She is also hysterically funny, serious when appropriate and suspenseful when necessary in moving the plot forward. Sandra Scoppitone is a treasure and a treat to read. Enjoy. Elynor Vine
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine entry in a first-rate detective series February 18, 2007
Sandra Scoppetone's Lauren Laurano mysteries are all excellent reads. The author's smart plotting and crisp, lively prose make her a pleasure to read--and to re-read; and her detective's dry sense of the ridiculous and worldly-wise sensibility carries on in the tradition of the grand artisans of hard-boiled detective fiction, with--as with each of those masters of the genre--a subtle distinctive flavor of her own. Laurano is one of the best and most memorable of an engaging cadre of lesbian P.I.s. If you enjoy Grafton, Handler, Padgett, Wings, et al, you'll want to find all of Scoppetone's gems. They ought to get 'em all back into print!
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