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Lair of the Lizard: A Tony Lowell Mystery Paperback – October 15, 1998

Book 4 of 4 in the Tony Lowell Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1st edition (October 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312301065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312301064
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,498,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The most interesting moment in Ayres's fourth book (after last year's Night of the Panther) about Florida PI Tony Lowell comes when Lowell meets up with another PI named Joshua Croft in Santa Fe and finds him boozy and "semi-retired... a man of leisure." Croft is the hero of three well-received books by Walter Satterthwait set in that New Mexico city (Accustomed to the Dark, etc.). Other than this apparent homage among literary friends, little else in this routine outing rises to a level of fascination. Lowell, a ponytailed Vietnam vet and former top photographer of the glitterati, now lives in rural Florida, where he restores an old boat and does as little detective work as possible. But when his wide-eyed daughter, Ariel, asks him to find Alicia Sandoval, a friend from a New Age seminar in Santa Fe who seems to be fleeing from an abusive husband, Lowell drops his tools and takes off for that trendy city. Almost immediately, he's threatened by teenage Latino gangsters and gets involved in racial and familial strife. The social details ring true, but Ayres's soured tourist's take on the evils of Santa Fe quickly grows tediousAespecially in contrast to the more measured judgments to be found in Satterthwait's books.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Tampa Bay-area PI Tony Lowell finds himself in New Mexico looking for a missing friend of his daughter. While there, he enlists the aid of a local investigator and a mystic. Instant atmosphere and telling drama.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Santa Fe resident Ariel Lowell pleads with her father, private investigator Tony Lowell, to leave the Florida Gulf Coast and come to New Mexico on a visit. Tony immediately drops everything and laves for the southwest because he will do anything he can for his beloved daughter.
In Santa Fe, Tony learns that Ariel, based on some New Age razzle-dazzle wants him to look for a missing friend, Alicia Sandoval. With the help of a sleuthing peer and some weirdo mystic, Tony begins his search. He soon learns that Alicia's former spouse Danny Lopez has been stalking the missing woman and that his previous wife's bones have only recently been discovered in the nearby mountains. However, none of the natives take Danny, a vicious individual, seriously because a man has to do what a man has to do. This leaves it up to Tony and his cohorts to keep Alicia safe.
The fourth Tony Lowell mystery, LAIR OF THE LIZARD, has some great strengths and a major weakness. The readers have an opportunity to observe Tony struggle with a different culture and gain insight into his relationship with his flighty daughter. The case is well designed, relevant, and interesting. The interactions between the prime players (Tony and his team, Ariel, Alicia, and Danny) keep the essence of their character intact. Though E.C. Ayres shows he is a talented mystery writer, his novel falls short with his portrayal of every Santa Fe resident refusing to accept the obvious fact that Danny is a dangerous lunatic. Still, this is a very good entry in a fine series.

Harriet Klausner
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