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Street Level Hardcover – September 1, 2000

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Florida PI Duncan Sloan is a lot less laid-back than the jacket copy on this sassy, smart-talking thriller would have you believe. His style may be casual, but his detecting skills are up to the job of tracking the lowlifes who stole the sperm of a gay millionaire from a fertility clinic and put it into a trailer-park babe who's dreaming of a big score when the baby is born.

Author Bob Truluck, winner of the 1999 St. Martin's Press/PWA award for best first private eye novel, is a worthy addition to the ranks of thriller writers who cover the same scene. His sense of humor isn't quite as warped as Carl Hiaasen's and his characters aren't quite as bizarre as Laurence Shames's, but he works the territory well enough for the reader to feel the heat and hear the bugs in the palmetto trees. And Sloan, the womanizing dick with the sentimental soft side, is an interesting enough guy who may grow into a popular recurring hero. Truluck has a deft hand with his secondary characters, particularly Ike Pike, the aforementioned millionaire, whose dreams of fatherhood are barely affected by the criminal tendencies of the woman carrying his baby, and Steven Glass, Ike's partner, who's less than thrilled about his lover's desire for a child. All the noirish details are in place, and Sloan's knight-errant antecedents reach back almost as far as beloved private eye Travis McGee. A nice addition to the genre, Street Level has the feel of a first-in-a-series outing, with more of Sloan's adventures already in the offing. --Jane Adams

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Blistering shards of dialogue, nonstop action and one of the neatest slices of sunburned, low-rent Florida since Charles Willeford passed away mark this first novel, winner of the 1999 St. Martin's/PWA contest. Isaac Pike is a rich gay man who wants a child. His semen may or may not have ended up residing inside the womb of Orlando topless-bar dancer Crystal Johnson. So maybe there's a child to be; but the potential mother has vanished. Pike is anxious to trace CrystalDas is apparently every deadbeat scam artist in the Orlando area. Duncan Sloan, the fast-talking private dick on the case, has an unlicensed gun, an unlicensed practice and a shrew of an ex-wife. Sloan looks in all the right places: a cheap motel, a go-go bar, a trailer park. When Crystal's parents turn up murdered, things get really serious. The author, a builder in Orlando, has created an irreverent gem of a crime novel. With less irony than Elmore Leonard, and none of the ecological baggage with which Carl Hiaasen sometimes burdens his yarns, Truluck offers a fresh take on hot weather crime. Indelibly coarse characters rotate around an illogically escalating scam loaded with dead rednecks and brazen demands for major money from potty-mouthed thugs who surface on the profanity-riddled pages with scant introduction. Scoring very poorly on credibility, this is nonetheless a splinter-sharp first take from a raw new voice sure to be heard from again. (Sept.)
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  • Publisher : Minotaur Books; 1st edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 256 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 031226626X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0312266264
  • Item Weight : 12.6 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.86 x 9.26 inches
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