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San Diego PI Noah Braddock interrupts his surfing for a missing persons case in Shelby's action-packed follow-up to Killer Swell (2005). Noah isn't eager to take on new clients, but he's moved by Peter Pluto's pleas to find younger brother Linc, a college student, whose apartment turns out to contain a stash of guns. The tension escalates when Linc's neighbor is shot after being questioned by Noah. Soon after, Noah's untimely arrival at Peter's ransacked house in a quiet cul-de-sac irritates a couple of vicious skinheads. Noah awakes in a ravine, left for dead, and a bit too cozy with Peter Pluto's corpse. Later, accompanied by his pal Carter, conveniently six-foot-nine, Noah boldly wades into plenty of life-and-limb"threatening situations, including verboten gang territory and a secluded skinhead gathering. Strong characterization and wonderfully biting humor compensate for a straightforward plot that's overly generous with tough guy posturing. (July)
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Surfer-sleuth Noah Braddock, introduced in Killer Swell (2004), returns to crack another case. When a college student disappears, his brother enlists Noah's aid in finding him. What should be a fairly straightforward case gets frighteningly complex when Noah discovers the missing student has a serious interest in guns and an unsettling connection to a white-supremacist group. Is the missing man a victim or a runaway? With the traditionally witty, first-person, PI-novel narration and a collection of characters who range from entertaining (Noah's best-friend roomie, Carter) to terrifying (Mo, a large brute who beats Noah nearly to death) to alluring (Liz, Noah's police-officer ex-girlfriend), this one is a winner. David Pitt
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