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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0727869981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0727869982
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,225,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Set in 1955, this complex but satisfying series debut from British author Murray (After a Dead Dog) introduces Tony Gérard, a London "producer's assistant" trained as an accountant who soon finds himself in the role of tough guy sleuth. On retainer to Les Jackson's Hoxton Films, Gérard must locate Jonathan Harrison, film star Beverley Beaumont's missing brother. The quest for Harrison leads Gérard, who served in France as a special ops soldier during WWII, into a deadly world of bodies, drugs, and diamond smuggling. A dangerous complication arrives in the form of Ghislaine Rieux, the beautiful wife of a former French comrade of Gérard's, the "frighteningly ruthless" Robert Rieux, who's sure to follow. Murray's 1950s England, with men hardened by war and willing to take long chances, is the perfect milieu for the unflappable Gérard, who manages to keep himself in play, despite threats, beatings, and occasional gunfire. (June)

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Fans of the offbeat will doubtless enjoy this quirky, engaging, Chandleresque detective story set in 1950s London. Tony Gérard has never quite settled down to civilian life after returning from WWII. He mostly does odd jobs for Les Jackson, head of Hoxton Films. So when Les asks Tony to help find attractive starlet Beverly Beaumont's missing brother, Jon, Tony agrees. But from the minute he starts searching, he realizes there's something odd about the case. For one thing, when he manages to find Jon, the kid hands him a package for Beverly--a package of diamonds. Then, when a beautiful Frenchwoman whom Tony knows from the war turns up in the investigation, along with her husband, a man with dubious, possibly criminal, connections, Tony realizes the Beaumont case may be a lot more complex than he thought. Car chases, a mysterious Cambridge don, a gang of European thugs, and a climactic shoot-out keep the action hot and heavy. The likably lackadaisical hero (Tony is surprised when he solves the case) and the vividly rendered '50s setting make this an engaging and unusual read. --Booklist, June 1, 2011

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mystery Veteran on August 16, 2011
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Colin Murray, author of After a Dead Dog, returns for his second outing with something completely different. Here he introduces Tony Gérard, a jazz-loving problem solver on retainer to a movie studio. It's a financially useful but by-its-nature unpredictable gig that's come his way owing to the reputation he earned for "resourcefulness" behind the lines in occupied France. As Tony describes the ways his services have so far been put to use: "I've found myself negotiating with a bookie on behalf of a sleazy second-rate matinee idol with a gambling habit and an appalling taste in dogs. And there have been two minor blackmailing schemes involving starlets and compromising photographs." When No Hearts, No Roses opens, he's listening to Hoxton Films' leading lady Beverley Beaumont's account of her missing Cambridge undergraduate brother, a young man now at large in London, broke yet seemingly unwilling to be found. As usual, the plot thickens before it thins -- and there's much period-derived pleasure to be had along the way as Tony proceeds, in fits and starts, to the murderous puzzle's solution. Fans of the late Stuart Kaminsky's Toby Peters mysteries, set in '30s Hollywood, will find this series debut an especially welcome one.
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