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Shortly after drug-dealer/pimp Mayforth Kendrick fails to sell incriminating pictures of a Senate candidate to investigative reporter John Wells ( There Fell a Shadow ), someone shoots Kendrick, and the pictures disappear. The fact that Wells has turned down a scoop puts his job on the line; he must break the story or else. The rugged chauvinist begins by tracking the woman in the photos, and ends by uncovering a murderer. A strongly focused, if see-through, plot, fiercely forceful action pitting good guy against bad, and a bit of romance contribute to the appeal of this series title.REK
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (September 25, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575602287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575602281
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,003,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Loren Eaton on September 16, 2008
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If someone put a gun to your head and said your life depended on your ability to define a mystery or thriller, you'd probably walk away without breaking a sweat. But if the same assailant said, "Okay, wiseguy, tell me about hardboiled," you just might find a Niagara coursing down your neck. For every genre that pop culture canonizes, there are three left in the outer darkness, and hardboiled -- an unsentimental, rough-and-tumble cousin of noir -- falls into the latter category. That's a shame, because if it were more popular then perhaps Andrew Klavan's Edgar-winning novel The Rain would be widely available. As it stands, I had to wait for a British version to make its way over to me. But if life imitates this particular piece of art, the search is just part of the package.

New York Star reporter John Wells is after a girl. No, no, not like that. You see, one of his less-seemly contacts offered him some snaps of a congressman Paul Abingdon caught in a -- shall we say -- comprising position, but Wells turned him down. Ensuring that the news doesn't cater to the lowest common denominator is a matter of principal to Wells. And did I mention that the photos were taken in a bedroom? Well, before you know it Wells' contact turns up drilled between the eyes with a .22, the rumor about the politician is out, and every reporter in town is on it like a rottweiler on raw hamburger. The Star's brass isn't happy that Wells lost the biggest story of a very slow, very hot August. He has a week to get a scoop or he's out on his ear. Wells sees only two options -- find the pictures (which have mysteriously disappeared) or the girl in them.
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this is book three in the john wells/ace crime reporter series and this one won an edgar for best novel. I have loved all of the john wells stories as well as ROUGH JUSTICE which is book 4. werer there more I would still be reading. john wells is an underdog. he is an old guy who doesn't want to advance to the computer age. he is a moral man who believes in right and wrong and will risk all to make the world right. he knows what pain is. his family was broken up early by divorce and his only daughter killed herself before the first book TRAPDOOR began. all r books relate to each other and by reading them all you get a full understanding of well's life and aspirations. they are "can't put down" books and well worth the time spent in reading them
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