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Fault Lines by Teri White

Fault Lines

by Teri White

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Another dilly of a thriller by Edgar Award-winning White (Tightrope). Ex-cons (and former cellmate lovers) Chris Moore and Dwight St. John are trying to finance a Mexican treasure hunt by robbing Los Angeles liquor stores. Former NYPD detective Bryan Murphy, in early retirement after a heart attack, is attempting to restore a Topanga Canyon house and fight off terminal boredom. He befriends Tray Detaglio, another ex-con who's seeking Kathryn Daily, the mother of Tray's child, whom he has never seen. Kathryn meets Chris and Dwight and ropes them into heisting a half million dollars from her Mob ex-boyfriend Stanzione. White skillfully draws them all together in a violent climax. The smooth, intricate plot is enhanced by deft characterization and sharp observations of social mores. Combined with a breakneck pace and understated dialogue, this results in a first-rate narrative a la Elmore Leonard. Even the harsh ending is right on target.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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To help an ex-con, a retired NYPD cop takes on a missing-person case Bryan Murphy is chasing a rapist down the sidewalk when he feels the pain in his chest. Before he knows it, he's in the hospital and his days in the NYPD are finished. Quitting the force isn't enough; he needs to get out of the city. He needs to move to Los Angeles. It doesn't take long for Murphy to tire of clean living and California sunshine. He's on the beach one afternoon when he sees a fellow lost soul-a recently released inmate with nothing to do but stare into the ocean and pray for his luck to turn around. When ex-cop and ex-con strike up an unlikely friendship, it puts them on a collision course with two stick-up artists who are desperate for one big score-and who aren't afraid to kill to make it happen.… (more)

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