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But I Wouldn't Want to Die There (1993)

by Nancy Pickard

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Jenny Cain was out of her element in this book. It didn't have the edge of Bum Steer. A couple of good twists though. Not the best, not the worst. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 18, 2014 |
This is the first Jenny Cain that I read, probably about 15 years ago, & what made me hunt down all the others. I enjoyed this one just as much the 2nd time. This one is really creepy all the way through - the mad doctor, the ex-murderers & -rapists, the barely controlled violence at the school, the strange people in the flats, particularly Jed & his mother. King Leer provides some comic relief but not enough to relieve the eerie atmosphere.

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Ordinarily, Massachusetts native Jenny Cain would be thrilled to spend time in New York City. But her good friend Carol Margolis has just been brutally murdered - a mugging gone wrong, say the police - and Jenny's been tapped to step into Carol's shoes as temporary director of the Hart Foundation. In New York, Jenny soon finds that almost everyone Carol knew had, if not a motive to kill, at least a grudge - from sharp-tongued Patricia Vinitsky, president of the Hart board, to Carol's estranged husband, Steve, a blues musician. And everywhere she goes, Jenny cannot escape the city's almost palpable aura of violence. Somewhere in the vast, vital metropolis, Carol's murderer is lurking, waiting for Jenny to make the wrong move. New York is a great place to visit, but... ( )
  catsalive | Jun 1, 2009 |
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Jenny Cain is the director of a charitable foundation in the seaport town of Port Frederick, Massachusetts (where the bankrupt Cain Clams was once the town's largest employer). When Jenny's friend, Carol Margolis, is killed in Manhattan, Jenny takes over her job and her murder investigation as well. As Jenny retraces Carol's movements in her final days, she discovers that the killer is doing the same.
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Ordinarily Jenny would be overjoyed at the prospect of spending time in New York, her favorite city in the whole world. But her good friend Carol Margolis has just been killed - a mugging gone wrong, according to the police - and Jenny's been tapped to step into Carol's shoes as director of the Hart Foundation. The position is temporary, but it could become permanent. It seems a fitting tribute to Carol, and more important, a chance to find out whether her murder really was random. So, with her love for the exotic, crazy, charming city tempered by grief, Jenny heads for the Big Apple.... An enigmatic message Carol had left on Jenny's answering machine the week before she died makes Jenny doubt the official police verdict. As Jenny picks up the threads of her friend's life, she finds that almost everyone Carol knew had, if not a motive to kill, at least a grudge: Patricia Vinitsky, the sharp-tongued president of the Hart Foundation board...Malcolm Lloyd, an angry, unstable donor...Dorothy Lloyd, who'd do anything to appease her husband...Andrei Bolen, a fanatical Frenchman whose illiteracy program Carol considered a fraud...Damon Calendar, manager of a theater group whose grant installment Carol had inexplicably delayed. Then there's Steve Wolff, Carol's estranged husband, a curly-haired teddy bear of a blues musician. Jenny has taken an instant liking to him, but Carol's parents are sure he killed her - and they want Jenny to find proof. In spite of her conflicting loyalties; in spite of the unwieldy projects Carol left behind; in spite of her husband, Geof, who thinks New York is synonymous with hell, Jenny can't help being exhilarated by the city: the shops, the restaurants, the cab drivers who don't speak English....Yet somewhere in the vast, vital metropolis, Carol's murderer may be lurking, waiting for Jenny to make the wrong move. New York is a great place to visit, but...… (more)

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