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The Detective & the Pipe Girl
by Michael Craven


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Finalist for the 2015 Nero Wolfe Award

Finalist for the 2015 Shamus Award

With a style as distinct as crime masters such as Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiassen, and Harlan Coben, Michael Craven delivers a richly atmospheric, humorous, fast-paced mystery that introduces unforgettable private eye John Darvelle and brilliantly captures the seductive mood and magnetism of Los Angeles.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Finalist for the 2015 Nero Wolfe Award

Finalist for the 2015 Shamus Award

With a style as distinct as crime masters such as Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiassen, and Harlan Coben, Michael Craven delivers a richly atmospheric, humorous, fast-paced mystery that introduces unforgettable private eye John Darvelle and brilliantly captures the seductive mood and magnetism of Los Angeles.

Private Detective John Darvelle is a man of specific tastes simple design, smart women, cheap American beer. He s a man of specific opinions drive a car nobody can remember, avoid brunch at all costs, and don t live in Brentwood. And he adheres to his own professional code an indelible blend of commitment, loyalty, and experience. He also plays a lot of ping-pong.

Arthur Vonz is one of Tinseltown s most powerful men, a filmmaker among the ranks of Spielberg, Coppola, and Kubrick. He hires Darvelle to find a young woman named Suzanne Neal, an incandescent beauty who just might be hiding something.

What starts as an easy assignment soon has Darvelle plunging deep into the seductive and hidden world of Hollywood s elite. A twisting, turning journey that puts him face-to-face with the LAPD, a ruthless underground crime operation, and a cold-blooded killer.

It s the case of a lifetime that could end his life.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780062305596
  • ISBN-10: 006230559X
  • Publisher: Bourbon Street Books
  • Publish Date: May 2014
  • Page Count: 327


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-04-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

Near the start of Craven’s suspenseful, well-plotted neo-noir set in L.A., Arthur Vonz, “one of the top film directors in the world,” hires PI John Darvelle to track down his former mistress, Suzanne Neal—a beautiful actress whom he met on a movie set (she was working as an extra at the time). Vonz, who hasn’t heard from Suzanne in a while, wants Darvelle to deliver a letter to her, but knows only that she lives in Santa Monica. In the course of looking for Suzanne, Darvelle uncovers a sophisticated prostitution operation that involves the “pipe girls” of the title: hookers for wealthy, prominent people who can neither afford nor tolerate indiscretion. The trail leads Darvelle to a high-powered actor, a former mobster, a deadly-serious pimp, and a clever insight into the meaning of a tattoo. Craven (Body Copy) knows contemporary L.A. well, and writes about it with conviction. Readers will want to see more of Darvelle—a quirky, thoughtful detective with a wry sense of humor and a philosophical bent. Though serious about his work, he doesn’t take himself too seriously. Agent: Erica Spellman-Silverman, Trident Media Group. (June)

 
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