Past Due

by William Lashner | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0060508191 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Sherri5762 of Houston, Texas USA on 8/11/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by Sherri5762 from Houston, Texas USA on Thursday, August 11, 2005
Given to me by my husband to "do that book club thing you do" with, I haven't read it, but here's what thinks of it:

"*Starred Review* Joey Cheaps is a bottom feeder. He flits around the edges of the Philadelphia criminal underworld but never scores anything but trouble and jail time. Victor Car, whose place in the legal hierarchy is akin to Joey's in the criminal, is his attorney. Joey reveals to Victor his role in a 20-year-old drug rip-off in which an anonymous young man died. Victor can't fathom why Joey chose to bare his soul when he did but decides to find out when Joey's throat is slit shortly after his confession. Using his police connections to match missing-persons files and unsolved homicides to Joey's time frame, Victor comes up with the likely name of Joey's victim: Tommy Greeley, a failing law student moonlighting in the drug business. Among Greeley's youthful circle were many who subsequently rose to prominence in law and politics. Victor lets the genie out of the bottle with his inquiries on behalf of a failed hood and soon finds himself threatened and his clients receiving unduly harsh penalties in court. Lashner, best-selling author of Fatal Flaw [BKL Mr 15 03], has a rich, sometimes poetic style, but he leavens his prose with humor that fluctuates between morbid and whimsical. This is an extremely good crime novel, and it vaults Lashner into the upper reaches of the hardboiled universe, along with Pelecanos, Lehane, and a very few others. Wes Lukowsky"

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