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Jump Hardcover – June 1, 2009

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Former San Francisco homicide detective Sam McGowan sees his plans for a peaceful early retirement go out the window around the same time as his despicable landlord, setting in motion the Rube Goldberg works of this wacky stand-alone from Maleeny, author of 2007's Stealing the Dragon and two other Cape Weathers investigations. Guilted into unofficial sleuthing by his ex-partner, who's the cop probing the fatal plunge, Sam quickly discovers no dearth of suspects among his quirky neighbors on the 20th floor—and a hotbed of criminal activity. Between the slacker brothers whose sandwich business serves as a distribution network for a Mexican drug lord, the two glamazons putting themselves through school with X-rated activities, a mysterious torch singer and the B-movie director who may be a blackmailer, we're firmly on darkly comic terra Hiaasen. Fast-paced and funny, this is a perfectly blended cocktail of escapism, with or without the beach towel. (June)
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Cop Sam McGowan has been retired for one day when his landlord takes a dive off the roof of his building. The San Francisco police want to call it a suicide, but all signs point to murder. Sam talks to his neighbors on the top floor and finds that every one of them hated the dead man. Fast-paced, rollicking humor and characters right out of a—well, a 1930s Agatha Christie country house mystery—make this one of the best from the award-wining author of the Cape Weathers series (Stealing the Dragon). [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 2/1/09.]
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590585747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590585740
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,040,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was cross referenced to me by Amazon due to my enjoyment of Carl Hiaasen and Tim Dorsey. Maleeny incorporates the same type of wacky characters. From the dope dealing brothers to the soft porn queens as well as other residents of the apartment building, the characters will keep you reading and wondering what laugh is on the next page.

If you are the type of reader who enjoys laughing while reading, this book is for you. Also, if you are not familiar with the works of Hiaasen or Dorsey, give them a try.
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What a great group of characters! The book has everything...mystery, humor and a little romance. I read it in one day and passed it along to my friends.
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I am a huge fan of author Tim Maleeny's "Cape Weathers Investigation" series so I was eager to read "Jump" and see what he could do with a new group of characters. I am here to say he doesn't disappoint. There are definite similarities between the Cape Weathers series of books and "Jump" with a San Francisco based story and a main protagonist that drives a classic Ford Mustang but that's about where the likeness ends. Like Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window", "Jump" primarily takes place in one fateful apartment building. Mr. Maleeny lets us be Jimmy Stewart and watch his characters intertwine and overlap as they all react to the opening scene of their not so lovable landlord's plunge off of the roof. Like players in a great stage play it was an absolute joy following the eccentric group of characters as they led me to the really fun surprise ending. Thank you Mr. Maleeny for another great read.
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JUMP moves author Tim Maleeny in a new and intriguing direction. Already critically acclaimed for his popular Cape Weathers series, Maleeny's first stand-alone work is a bit grittier and sexier, combining classic whodunit elements with crime caper attitudes to create a book that is part Leonard, part Westlake, and all Maleeny.

JUMP is firmly set in Maleeny's San Francisco, with the action almost equally divided between the uneasy streets of the Mission District and the edge of downtown. It is in the latter area that a death occurs --- the untimely but welcome demise of Ed Lowry, one of the city's most despised landlords. Lowry's departure from this side of the veil is occasioned by his 20-story fall from the top floor of his apartment building. If he jumped, it's a suicide; if he was pushed, it's a murder.

Sam McGowan, a newly retired San Francisco police detective, is one of Lowry's top floor tenants, who is still going through the motions of life some two years after losing his wife Marie to cancer. Danny Rodriguez, McGowan's former partner, is assigned to investigate Lowry's death and enlists McGowan's reluctant assistance to interview potential suspects --- McGowan's neighbors on the 20th floor --- to see if anyone had a motive for sending Lowry plummeting to his death.

McGowan discovers early on that just about all of them, including himself, had experienced a run-in of one sort or another with the unpopular Lowry.
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I just got a great introduction to a new, to me, a new author. Tim Maleeny's JUMP is fun ride: and ride I did, as experienced it in my car listening to an audio version narrated by the great Tom Weiner. Really quirky characters, some you would love to share a beer with, some you would avoid like the plague, propel a story that is funny, clever, and poignant: all at the same time. A hint: be prepared for some HILARIOUS metaphores. A word to the wise: if you experience this book while driving, PLEASE keep your eyes open while laughing uproariously. And a fine time will be had by all. Thanks, Mr. Maleeny.
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I'm a Robert B Parker, Travis McGee, Harry Bosch type...and now I'll read whatever Tim Maleeny puts out.
Today its so rare to find mysteries that balance action, plot and humor without selling out or going over the top.
This book ( and his others) deliver.
Get in now because there's no doubt Maleeny is going to be huge and soon.
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