Ex-cop Joe Crow thinks he hits rock bottom when he humbly accepts a job as a bodyguard for a plastic surgeon with unsavory proclivities. Crow soon discovers Dr. Bellweather has some nasty enemies, and is swept into a fetid cesspool of misunderstanding, avarice, and deception--and an exotic brand of big game hunting that may prove deadly for more ...
Ex-cop Joe Crow thinks he hits rock bottom when he humbly accepts a job as a bodyguard for a plastic surgeon with unsavory proclivities. Crow soon discovers Dr. Bellweather has some nasty enemies, and is swept into a fetid cesspool of misunderstanding, avarice, and deception--and an exotic brand of big game hunting that may prove deadly for more than an unfortunate zebra.
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Publishers Weekly, 1995-03-27 This exhilarating prequel to Drawing Dead is by turns funny and soulful and always unpredictable. Joe Crow has scraped bottom: he's lost his job as a cop for handcuffing the chief's troublesome nephew to his truck; he's got a cocaine problem; his marriage is on the rocks; his loathsome brother-in-law has just set him up as a bodyguard for Dr. Nelson Bellweather, the town liposuctionist; and it's a particularly grim winter in Minnesota. Bellweather feels threatened by the sociopathic Murphy clan, three dysfunctional generations of hunters and their matriarch who run a game preserve where, for the right price, they will procure any animal a client wants to shoot. Crow, suspecting that Bellweather himself isn't entirely innocent, finds himself entangled in a web of misunderstandings, crimes, near-crimes, lapses in judgment and inspired slapstick as each set of bumbling crooks tries to outmaneuver the others. Hautman's dialogue sparkles, his plot hums, he's got a nicely complex sense of morality and he's a virtuoso when it comes to describing what it feels like to get punched. Best of all is Joe Crow: moving among nuts and crazies; comparing Alcoholics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous meetings (the coke addicts are funnier); breaking heads when necessary; and bonding with Milo, his cat. May he never learn that discretion is the better part of valor. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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