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The Zinc Zoo (P.I. Frank Johnson Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Ed Lynskey
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Book Description

Older and wiser, P.I. Frank Johnson, in his fifth outing, has moved to the Washington, D.C. suburbs where he’s lived with his fiancé Dreema Atkins. Times are lean. No new P.I. cases have rolled Frank’s way since his return from Ankara, Turkey. His old boss, the flamboyant and wealthy attorney Robert Gatlin is marrying Frank’s last client, Lois Mercedes, and Frank has his reasons for giving Lois a wide berth.

Finally, a missing person case comes up when Zani Huang hires Frank to search for her husband Bao. Frank begins his investigation, but things get sticky when he discovers Zani’s landlord, Kasper Peres, with a fatal slug in his chest. Then Zani vanishes and with her Frank’s alibi when the police decide to charge him for Peres’ murder.

So, Frank takes it on the lam with his old bounty hunter pal Gerald Peyton to get some answers real fast. They run up against more dead bodies, and a ruthless gang of bank robbers desperate to find a hidden cache of money. Catastrophic changes rock Frank’s world before he can reach any sort of a resolution.

Editorial Reviews


"PI in DC burbs tripping over a corpse. As usual with [Ed] Lynskey, the plot always goes in unusual directions!"
Joy Matkowski, Twitter

"Excellent writing. I recommend THE ZINC ZOO in the Frank Johnson series. Good stuff."
Max Everhart, Twitter

Product Details

  • File Size: 353 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Mundania Press LLC (October 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061LWNH0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,628,473 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner from Ed Lynskey June 20, 2014
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This is the fourth book in the "Frank Johnson, P.I." series I have read. All are terrific. Frank is not the run-of-the-mill p.i. -- he isn't brilliant, isn't irresistible to women, isn't a firearms or explosives expert, doesn't use "toys" to get the job done. He just gets the job done. In this outing he is minding his own business when approached by a woman begging him to look for her missing husband. Despite some uneasiness, he tells her he will look into it. Within a short time he finds a body in a cheap motel. He calls it in, but the local cops believe he is the "doer". He goes on the run to find out why he has been set-up. His long-time buddy Gerald, a bounty hunter aids him in the attempt to clear his name. Along the way they find that solving a 5-year old armored car heist may be the answer. A subplot involves Lois Mercedes, a character from the previous Johnson story "Troglodytes" reappears. Lois is gunning for Johnson as well. A nicely paced story; no ridiculous plot twists. Just another excellent crime novel by Mr. Lynskey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER WINNER FROM LYNSKEY December 8, 2011
This sixth outing for PI Frank Johnson is another solid entry in an already strong series. It also continues something of a banner year for author Lynskey, who scored back in the summer with the noir hit LAKE CHARLES and then again this fall with the crime thriller ASK THE DICE. Earlier, in the spring, he kicked things off with the well-received cozy mystery QUIET ANCHORAGE ... The guy can do it all.
But, while I'm inclined to check out anything with Lynskey's byline, I have an admitted bias for good private eye thrillers so the Frank Johnson books are my favorites. By the way, in addition to the novels, several Johnson short stories have also been published, including one collection titled OUT OF TOWN A FEW DAYS.
THE ZINC ZOO, set in 2005, finds Johnson recently returned from a grueling overseas case. His life is in transition, as he and his fiancé Dreema are now living together and Frank has moved from his beloved Pelham to the suburbs of Richmond ... the dreary gray sameness of this setting amounting to the "zinc zoo" of the title. Furthermore, Frank is on the outs with his friend and former boss, high-profile attorney Robert Gatlin, who is about to marry a woman Frank suspects--but cannot prove--to be a cold-blooded killer. Without clients being steered his way by Gatlin, Frank's difficulties in adjusting to the changes in his life are only aggravated by having little or no call for his PI services.
And then Zani Huang shows up wanting to hire him to find her missing husband. From there things build momentum rapidly and, before you know it, Frank has found the corpse of a murder victim, his client has disappeared, he's been framed for the murder and finds himself on the run from the cops. From there the pace never lets up.
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Sign up for Ed Lynskey's Books Newsletter simply by sending your email address where you want to receive it to: Your email will never be shared. The newsletter comes out three times a year, announcing Ed Lynskey's new book releases.

I am a crime fiction author residing not too far from the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. I write the Private Investigator Frank Johnson Mystery Series going strong since 2003. I also write the newer Isabel and Alma Trumbo Cozy Mystery Series. My black-and-white cat is Frannie named after Frank Johnson. Frank and I are both Washington National baseball fans.

My writing has been featured in The Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, and New York Times.


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