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Steroid Blues (Fogarty-Tanaka Series) [Kindle Edition]

Richard La Plante
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Book Description

John Winston Flint, prominent Philadelphia physician, has been systematically tortured to death. Every bone in his body has been shattered—even the joints of his fingers and toes reduced to powder.

The doctor’s hidden side is revealed when a police search turns up a collection of sadomasochistic videos in which Flint himself was the star performer—and horrifyingly, one shows a brutal rape and apparent murder.

Fogarty and his friend and colleague, medical examiner Josef Tanaka, also discover that Flint was selling massive quantities of illegal steroids to hardcore bodybuilders. In a world where total physical prowess is the ultimate goal, and strength truly equals power, performance-enhancing chemicals are more than worth their weight in gold.

Nothing in Fogarty’s experience has prepared him for this case, where each secret he uncovers seems to lead him farther from the truth, and where the darkest secret of all is written in the blood of two drug-enhanced, steroid supermen.


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From Publishers Weekly

Philadelphia police detective Bill Fogarty and forensic pathologist Josef Tanaka are back in another volatile mixture of sadism and suspense from LaPlante (Mantis; Leopard). A local doctor is discovered dead in S/M gear, every bone in his body broken; in his closet, the police find a videotape that shows two men torturing, raping and possibly killing a masked and bound woman. One of the men is the dead physician, and Fogarty strongly suspects the other is Horst Nickles, white-supremacist body builder, gym owner and peddler of illegal steroids. When a shady videographer is murdered, grotesquely impaled on his camera tripod, Fogarty becomes convinced that Nickles is the killer. When Fogarty learns that body-builder Jack Dunne, brother of the videotaped woman, is bent on revenge, the narrative spins into a triangular stalking game as Dunne, Nickles and Fogarty head to a spectacular and gory climax. LaPlante's quick-cutting speeds the action along, albeit often at the expense of characterization, and pumped-up, steroid-crazed heavies provide more than enough menace. Sharp-eyed readers may guess the plot's wild climactic twist early on; even those who don't are more likely to be annoyed than wowed. Still, the relentless pace and grim action should satisfy most La Plante fans. Author tour.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Into his warped Philadelphia microcosm La Plante (Leopard, LJ 6/15/94) places a twisted, avenging bodybuilder who abuses steroids, valium, and crystal meth; a brutal, sadomasochistic doctor; and a drug-pushing, bulked-up control freak who fears for his livelihood. Capt. Bill Fogarty teams up with assistant medical examiner Josef Tanaka in order to investigate the particularly gruesome murders that stem from the shenanigans of this threesome. Fogarty's growing relationship with a woman coupled with Tanaka's impending fatherhood, however, result in added complications. Solid, gritty prose, thrilling tension, and inevitable violence; recommended for most collections.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 453 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Escargot Books Online Ltd.; 2 edition (March 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007LQAXBC
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read July 2, 2001
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Another good read in the trilogy. Make sure to read Mantis first and then Leopard before continuing onto Steroid blues. I highly recommend them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! November 20, 2012
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I love this series and I was hooked after reading on the first one.The cultral differences between Tanaka and Fogarty keep things interesting and the plots keep you guessing till the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steroid Blues is a good read! September 6, 2012
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I have read all the books in the Fogarty-Tanaka series and love them all. I like the characters and enjoy the plots. Steroid Blues is a good read and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good crime story. Fogarty is a tired policeman who has demons from his past and Tanaka is the medical examiner who is half Japanese. Somehow these two manage to forge a family relationship. This book focuses on the illegal steroid drug trade and a serial murderer who is not what he seems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every book is better than the one before. July 18, 2012
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It's remarkable to read a new author's works and realize that the talent is maturing with each new book. Now the author begins to play with his readers. He extends the invitation to read a few chapters, gather the clues, guess the plot's direction. But wait...read a few more chapters, what about these new clues? Is the plot really going there? Yes, the readers think. The book will definitely end like this. A few more chapters...but wait. Now it's the Fogarty-Tanaka-Readers series!
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Captain Fogarty and Tanaka investigate a brutal crime scene where a doctor was strapped to an examining table, and every bone in his body was broken. Video tapes at the scene contain footage of very rough sex. One tape in particular however, shows the brutal rape and torture of an unidentified girl.

Fogarty is so sickened by the tape that he thinks that whoever killed the doctor did a service to humanity. Will he be able to perform his duty and attempt to apprehend the murderer? Does the reader even want him to? Things grow more complex when the identity of the rape/torture victim is revealed.

Fogarty, Tanaka and Rachel are shown to be more nuanced then ever before, and again Rachel plays a major role in the ultimate resolution of the matter.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome & Dark January 20, 2013
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If you like edgy and dark stories about roid-rage, you might find this to your liking. But it can be an unpleasant read for those not into this particular type of story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good mystery..... November 17, 2012
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I liked the story line but it was a little dragged out..I did get hooked and couldn't put it down in some chapters ...towards to end it was just to lengthy before the wrap up.
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Richard LaPlante has been writing professionally since 1987 and has published eight crime fiction novels and three memoirs. With degrees in psychology and literature, he combines his longtime study of Japanese martial arts with his interest in metaphysics to create spine-tingling thrillers. He also loves Harley-Davidsons and will be re-issuing his two motorcycle memoirs. He lives in the mountains of Ojai, CA and has recently founded an independent publishing company, Escargot Books, where he blogs regularly. http://www.escargot-books.com
You can find also Richard on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/richard.laplante.984 and on Twitter https://twitter.com/richlaplante



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