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Angel with a Bullet (A Dixie Flynn Mystery) Paperback – September 8, 2012
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Grant introduces an intriguing new sleuth, Dixie Flynn, a sarcastic San Francisco reporter who can crack wise with the best of the genre. When assigned to report on the death of artist Diego Chino, who happens to be a former lover, Dixie suspects that there is more to the apparent suicide than the police are telling her. As she interviews the pretentious gallery owners and members of the art community, she uncovers a case awash in deceit and treachery. Could a handsome dealer with a reclusive client be involved? After a close brush with death following a date in Chinatown, Dixie is determined to get to the bottom of the story, but getting trapped in a warehouse fire and then getting stabbed suggest that these bad guys are definitely serious. With lots of action, colorful characters, and a surprising plot twist, this is an endearing series debut that will have readers eager for Dixie to solve more cases. --Barbara Bibel
About the Author
M.C. Grant is Grant McKenzie, an award-winning screenwriter, editor, and novelist. He is the author of Switch and No Cry for Help (both published by Bantam TransWorld UK). His short stories have been featured in the First Thrills anthology edited by Lee Child (Tor/Forge), and Out of the Gutter and Spinetingler magazines. His first screenplay won a fellowship at the Praxis Centre for Screenwriting in Vancouver. As a journalist, he worked in virtually every area of the newspaper business, from the late-night “dead body beat” at a feisty daily tabloid to senior copy/design editor at two of Canada’s largest broadsheets. Born in Glasgow, Grant currently reside in Victoria, British Columbia, where he is editor-in-chief of Monday Magazine. For more information, visit him online at GrantMcKenzie.net.
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* * * * Spoiler alert * * * * [If you've read past Chapter 5, this is no longer a spoiler.]
The author describes a gruesome suicide in the Prologue, but the protagonist, in Chapters 1-5, is suspicious that it could have been a murder-- Dixie obviously didn't read the Prologue-- though every bit of evidence she's seen thus far is consistent with the author's initial account. So the author is lying to the reader? Or the protagonist is going to spend the whole book figuring out that it was a suicide? Or we're hoping for reconciliation via loophole? Unraveling this one promises to be quite a thrill.
There's a lot of similarities to wise cracking police detective type novels, even though this one's main character is a journalist. If you like Marshall Karp, J. A Konrath and these type of authors, then you'll like this series. If you like to read through the eyes of strong female characters then this is also a series you'll enjoy. Devil With a Gun is the next novel, with Beauty With a Bomb being the third.