An aging but formidable strip club owner, Claudiu "Manco" Kapak, has been robbed by a masked gunman as he placed his cash receipts in a bank's night-deposit box. Enraged, he sends his half-dozen security men out to find a suspect who is spending lots of cash and is new enough to Los Angeles not to know he was robbing a gangster.
Their search leads them to Joe Carver, an innocent but hardly defenseless newcomer who evades capture and sets out to make Kapak wish he'd chosen someone else. Meanwhile, the real culprit, Jefferson Davis Falkins, and his new girlfriend, Carrie, seem to believe they've found a whole new profession: robbing Manco Kapak.
Lieutenant Nick Slosser, the police detective in charge of the puzzling and increasingly violent case, has his own troubles, including worries about how he's going to afford to send the oldest child of each of his two bigamous marriages to college without making their mothers suspicious.
As this odd series of difficulties explodes into a triple killing, Carver finds himself in the middle of a brewing gang war over Kapak's little empire, while Falkins and Carrie journey into territory more strange and violent than either had imagined.
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by Thomas Perry
by James B. Stewart
by Anne Perry
"Thomas Perry's gripping story recounts a cascading series of events that follow the armed robbery of a strip club owner. It's a fascinating story in which no one is innocent. The main characters are bad with streaks of goodness--or at least enough substance to make the listener relate to them. Joe Carver is the person wrongly accused of the robbery, but he's nobody's fall guy. Narrator Michael Kramer's authoritarian voice brooks no foolishness as he delivers characterizations that are fresh and real. Each man or woman's distinct personality comes through fully, and he even evokes a bit of sympathy for the villain, Manco Kapak. The combination of Perry's strong writing and Kramer's solid performance carries listeners into a seedy world of strippers, hoods, cops, and tough guys. M.S. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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