By Don Winslow

Neal Carey has to maintain the mob, the FBI, and a huge tv character from killing his latest client-- yet he is tempted to do the activity himself.

Sometime pupil and ever-reluctant detective Neal Carey might otherwise be completing a lifeless doctoral thesis than staring down the nostril of a loaded gun-- yet his new project does not sound risky. All he is received to do is pull off the last word makeover: flip Polly Paget-- a gum-chewing, foul-mouthed, big-haried broad-- right into a excellent girl in time to testify in a rape case opposed to Jack Landis, head of the kin Cable community and America's so much liked relations guy. yet Polly isn't really cooperating, and everyone-- together with a former FBI agent, and an obsessive-compulsive hitman, the Mafia, a porn prince, and a slew of tabloid reporters-- is on her path turning Neal's "simple" task right into a lethal online game of duck-duck-goose.

In a hellish and hilarious escapade that takes him from the deserts of Nevada to the intense lighting fixtures of Las Vegas, and eventually to a hair-raising climax in a shoddily equipped amusment park, Neal attempts to flee the mob's enormous weapons whereas taking a slippery stroll up the world's greatest water slide.

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You know that bartenders aren’t drinkers, Walt. ” An opening. ” Walk asked. ” “Just this afternoon he was in here asking about you,” Rourke answered. “So I says to her, I say, ‘You don’t like my drinking? ” Withers was almost grateful when Sammy Black walked in, even if he did have Chick Madsen with him. “Break his wrist, Chick,” Sammy ordered. Sammy was wearing a black overcoat, black sports jacket, black shirt, black shoes, probably black underwear. ” Chick waddled over to Withers’s stool, started to grab his wrist, then hesitated.

When that inquiry has … matured … and Miss Paget has progressed to a point where we feel she can successfully negotiate the media and the legal process, we will contact you. Hathaway sank back into his chair and sulked. I’m a professional, he thought. All right, the rape was sheer luck, but I was professional enough to contact Paget, bring her into our orbit, create a media sensation … and now this nineteenth-century throwback and his pet bear refuse to tell me where she is! ” Hathaway argued. ” Kitteredge asked.

Haber echoed. Withers sat down. He pulled his old Dunhill cigarette case from his jacket pocket. Ms. Haber quickly produced a lighter and an ashtray. “I’ll pay her half a million dollars,” Scarpelli said. Withers held out the case. Scarpelli shook his head and Ms. Haber leaned forward to light his cigarette. “I will require a ten percent finder’s fee,” Withers said. ” Scarpelli asked. As if I would tell you, Withers thought. As if I knew. “And I will need some up-front cash for her,” Withers continued, ignoring the question.

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