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Where Evil Sleeps Hardcover – August 27, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (August 27, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399141456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399141454
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,228,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Is there room for another tough, street smart, sharp-talking female private eye in your heart or on your bookshelf? Her third adventure, now available in paperback, proves that former Newark, New Jersey, cop Tamara Hayle can hold her own with anyone else on the overcrowded scene. Paid off on her last case with a plane ticket to Jamaica, Hayle takes a much-needed break from the life of a hardworking single mom, only to find herself knee deep in the same kind of blood and crud she has to deal with back home. Previous books in the lively series are Devil's Gonna Get Him and When Death Comes Stealing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Newark PI Tamara Hayle, last seen in Devil's Gonna Get Him, narrowly survives her Kingston, Jamaica, vacation despite her dangerous propensity for talking to strangers. Tamara only reluctantly accompanies giggly fellow tourist Lilah Love to a seedy bar with Lilah's husband, Sammy Lee, and a friend, Delaware Brown. There, after punks kill the lights, Sammy Lee and another man are murdered, and Tamara's bag, with credit cards and passport, is stolen. Basil Dupre, a "naughty delight" from Tamara's past, shows up and whisks her off to safety. Then Lilah appears and convinces Tamara to help her search for Lilah's share of a bundle of money, which, along with Tamara's bag, is in Delaware's rooms. Once there, Lilah promptly scoots, leaving Tamara to discover Delaware's bludgeoned corpse but, alas, not her passport?and without it she's trapped in a week of sun and fun so violent, it takes even more deaths to extricate her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I just loved Tamara Hayle. But it seems she is the poorest PI I have ever read about. She never has money for anything. Anyway, Where Evil Sleeps was very good. I got the book as a Christmas gift and once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. Just when I thought Tammy was going to find out that she was being set-up by those druggies, she had no clue what was going on. As I read the part about her searching for the money with that stupid girl, I just knew that Tammy was going to figure out she was being set-up. Basil Dupre is my man. He always seems to appear just in the nick of time to save Tammy's butt. They really just ought to get together at least throughout one book. Anyway, the book was really awesome. I can't wait to read the next book. It sounds familiar. The beginning starts out with Tammy about to get car-jacked. I swear the same thing happened to me just before Thanksgiving. I was just as calm and collective as Tammy. Then when it really hit me what had just happened, I almost collapsed. The thief got away with my car, but I got it back within three days. I could swear I knew the kid. Anyway, Valerie, you go girl. Love your books, read all of them. Keep up the good work!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
ABSOLUTELY THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ, ONLY ONE WORD COULD DESCRIBE HER STYLE, SUPERB... PLEASE KEEP EM' COMING BY THE WAY WHEN IS THE NEXT BOOK BEING RELEASED?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is slow and it is not getting to the point fast enough. She is using a lot of words to say nothing. Just like Terry McMillian's How Stella Got Her Groove Back, this book is allowing us to get into Tamara's inner thoughts. Some of her thoughts need not be heard. They are somewhat useless to me. I checked this book out from the library a little over 3 weeks ago and I'm only half way through it. It's just plain boring to me. It is going to take me another 3 weeks to finish it. I was reading other reviews about her other books. I am going to try and give this sister the benefit of the doubt and try to read her other books. If you really want to read good mystery written by an African American women then you should read books written by Eleanor Taylor-Bland, now she's an excellent mystery writer. I am going to finish this book only because a sister wrote it. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the second Tamara Hayle mystery that Ive read and I can't wait for the third. However, I must admit that this one was a bit more difficult to follow than her first novel. I agree with the other reader who said that Tamara seemed to stumble upon the answer to this mystery, rather than relying on her detective skills to solve it. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the book and cannot wait to see what becomes of Tamara's relationship with Basil!
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By A Customer on September 15, 1997
Format: Hardcover
After reading the first two novels starring
our favorite Detective Tamara Hale, I was
looking forward to reading this novel.
The novel started out good with Hale as
the innocent tourist down in Jamaica on vacation
drawn into a murder mystery(very Hitchcock) in a
nightclub by a film noir type woman. The rest of
the novel has the character running around trying
to solve the murder , trying to get her lost
passport and money back, and running from the
real killer.
The characters she encounters leave me cold. They
are stereotypes that have been rehashed countless
times in detective novels. The only highlight in
the novel is the sexual tension between Hale and
Dupree comes to a head.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Tamara Hayle is an ex-cop PI on vacation in Jamaica when she meets three people who invite her out for drinks. After the man sitting across from her gets stabbed to death in the heart, all hell breaks loose. Drug money, Jamaican gangsters, a love interest, and a cast of intriguing characters bring this romantic mystery to life. Valerie Wilson Wesley has a way with prose that is all her own, and it will keep you turning pages.
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