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Saint Mike (1987)

by Jerry Oster

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I love it when a book has me scratching my head and asking why in the first chapter. In Saint Mike it actually took the last paragraph at the end of the first chapter before the "huh?" kicked in, but just imagine this: two knights jousting in a field. At the end of the battle one of the knights unscrews his sword to reveal a vial of cocaine. After a good snort he gives it to his jousting mate and tells him they'll get breakfast afterwards. The kicker is, the scene is neither here nor there in the overall description of the book as described by Nancy Peal in Book Lust, "When Susan Van Meter's federal narcotics investigator husband is found murdered...she leaves her research position and takes on the task of tracking down and bringing to justice the murderer" (p 6).
I enjoyed every page of Saint Mike. With such a heavy plot (drugs, murder, avenging wife, federal agents) I didn't expect such playful, witty, sexy language. Granted, there are some really weird scenes (yes, the armor comes back and someone dies by the sword in the most unusual way, but that's all I'll say about that). Overall it was an entertaining, fast read. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Mar 25, 2009 |
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there were two insoluble mysteries surrounding the death of Paul Van Meter: Who was the beautiful blonde the federal narcotics agent kissed on a New York street moments before he was shot pointblank in the backseat of a taxi? What was Paul planning to do with the fat envelope stuffed with hundred-dollar bills found in his sock drawer by his ex-narc wife, Susan?

Susan is convinced that Paul went rogue, a traotor to his governemnt - and to her. Paul's superiors think so, too, which is why they invite Susan back into active duty. they want to use her, and she's eager to be used. Her assignment: Crack open the drug pipeline pumping into the most elite, most decadent sectors of the city and find who bought - then killed - her disloyal husband. Fueling her mission are the two most potent forces known to man or woman: the passion for truth and the lust for revenge.
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