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By Ross Thomas

A long-distance name from a Texas urban on his birthday offers Benjamin Dill the scoop that his sister--it's her birthday, too, they have been born precisely ten years apart--has died in a vehicle bomb explosion. It's the executive of police calling--Felicity Dill labored for him; she used to be a murder detective. Dill is there that evening, the start of his dogged look for her killer. What he unearths is not surprising to him, simply because Benjamin Dill is rarely shocked at what lousy issues humans will do--but it's a true shock to the reader. As Newsday acknowledged while the radical used to be first released, "One yes factor approximately Ross Thomas's novels: A reader won't become bored watching for the motion to start."
Ross Thomas is ranked as one of many very most sensible mystery writers by way of his fellow authors, and his readers loudly agree. Edgar Awards, and different prizes, purely supplement the ample compliment that Thomas has received.

Thomas died in 1995, and because then all yet certainly one of his twenty-five novels have long gone out of print. this could by no means have occurred to the fellow of whom the recent Yorker has stated, "Very few...are as constantly entertaining...even fewer can fit him for variety and power." St. Martin's Minotaur is proud to treatment this example via reissuing Thomas's novels. So begin examining, and get ready to hitch Ross Thomas's legions of admiring enthusiasts.

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Briarpatch

A long-distance name from a Texas urban on his birthday offers Benjamin Dill the scoop that his sister--it's her birthday, too, they have been born precisely ten years apart--has died in a motor vehicle bomb explosion. It's the manager of police calling--Felicity Dill labored for him; she used to be a murder detective.

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Er schaute hinüber zu einer Vase voll verblühter Blumen, die die Köpfe hängen ließen. Ein Mitarbeiter der Spurensicherung hatte sich gerade darübergebeugt und suchte nach Fingerabdrücken. Der Pfarrer schluckte. « Er musterte Lee. Er wollte wohl sehen, wie der seine Erklärungen aufnahm. Offenbar versuchte Flaherty, seine Unschuld zu beweisen, was allerdings nicht zwingend bedeutete, dass er auch etwas zu verbergen hatte. Lee wusste, dass auch völlig Unschuldige manchmal in Gegenwart der Polizei nervös wurden.

Lee dachte daran, wie die letzten Momente im Leben der jungen Frau abgelaufen sein mussten: Eine Kraft von fünf Kilogramm auf der Kehle führte innerhalb von dreißig Sekunden zur Bewusstlosigkeit und etwa dreizehneinhalb Kilo über vier bis fünf Minuten zum Tod. Ihre Lippen waren blau angelaufen, ebenso wie die porzellangleichen Wangen. Wenigstens hat er ihr Gesicht nicht zerstört. Lee hatte schon oft darüber nachgedacht, wie merkwürdig es war, dass Strangulierte manchmal so friedlich wirkten, als wären alles Leid und aller Schmerz dieser Welt für immer von ihnen abgefallen.

Gut, Ralph«, sagte Butts. »Ich will Sie hier nicht lange festhalten. Fällt Ihnen irgendjemand ein, der Marie etwas hätte antun wollen? « �Also, sie war sehr nett und vertrauensselig. Ich wüsste niemanden, der sie nicht mochte. « Ralph rutschte auf seinem Stuhl nach vorn. »Eine Sache war da …« �Ja? « �Na ja, ich hatte das Gefühl, sie würde sich mit jemandem treffen – mit einem anderen, meine ich. « �Okay. « Ralph sah auf seine Finger, die fest ineinander verschlungen in seinem Schoß lagen. »Nein.

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