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Club Dead

By (author) Jerry Oster
Genres: Crime & mystery
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Century Hutchinson (A Division of Random House Group), London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Mysterious Press
Published: 30th Nov 1989
Dimensions: w 135mm h 216mm
Weight: 394g
ISBN-10: 0712629262
ISBN-13: 9780712629263
Barcode No: 9780712629263

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Again, as in most of Oster's previous books (Saint Mike, Nowhere Man, etc.), his juicy, raunchy, hip-nasty narration - the nth degree in rude urban stream-of-consciousness - is far more impressive than his plotting (contrived yet predictable) or his characterization (more colorful than convincing). Did ace columnist-reporter Charles Ives fall to his death - or was he pushed? That's the question for downbeat NYPD cop Jake Neuman (Sweet Justice) and his new partner, "Slick Dave" Milner ("his clothes looked edible, his jewelry on fire"), who loathes Neuman ("Scumbag") as much as Neuman loathes him ("Motherfucker"). The cops suspect from the start that Ives' death may be connected to his in-depth research for an article on 45-ish Frances McAllistair, the beautiful and ambitious federal D.A. in Manhattan. Did Ives fall in love (as was his wont) with his subject? Did he learn the secrets in her past or solve the riddle of her seemingly sexless private life? Neuman & Milner - raucously feuding, starting to like each other - quiz Ives' colleagues (one of whom is also soon dead), as well as McAllistair and her cronies. And, meanwhile, two related subplots are interspersed in lurid chunks: the dank doings of a publicity-hungry, jazz-loving hired assassin; and the operation of a phone-sex service, one of whose salacious talkers is a double-dealing, cocaine-addicted undercover agent for the feds. The revelations here - a dreadful secret, exploited by ruthless villains - are part mellerdrama, part police-mystery cliche (especially deja vu for readers of Sweet Justice). But, for fanciers of grisly black-comedy, gutter repartee, and vivid street-scenes, this is another showcase of Oster's undeniably vigorous talent. (Kirkus Reviews)