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Deception Pass [Mass Market Paperback]

Earl Emerson
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May 27 1998 Thomas Black Mysteries
As a rebellious teen, Lainie Smith hooked up with a drifter named Charlie--and she may have been an eyewitness to murder in the shadow of cliff-walled Deception Pass, where the water runs river-swift and turbulent. When justice-- and the executioner--finally caught up with Charlie, Lainie was long gone.

But somebody who knows the truth--the whole truth--about Lainie's dark history is blackmailing her. Lainie won't tell P. I. Thomas Black why she's being blackmailed, only that her tormentor "knows things he cannot possibly know." Just how far will Black's saintlike client go to bury her past forever?

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From Library Journal

Private eye Thomas Black returns for his tenth adventure in the Shamus Award- winning Emerson's best-selling mystery series (e.g., The Million Dollar Tattoo,
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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What dire secret could make Lainie Smith, Seattle's well- heeled answer to Mother Teresa, vulnerable to blackmail? Whatever it is, it's something she's been paying $2,000 a week to keep quiet--and something she doesn't want to share with her lawyer, Kathy Birchfield, or Kathy's husband, private eye Thomas Black (The Million-Dollar Tattoo, 1996, etc.). Thomas doesn't insist on knowing Lainie's secret, but as he gets deeper into the case- -trailing the two men who pick up the latest two grand, searching the lair he's tracked one of them to, dispensing his trademark similes (one craven suspect has ``an alibi prepared like a frozen dinner in the freezer'')--he can hardly help finding out what it is. And it's dynamite, something it's no wonder Lainie didn't want him to know: Seventeen years ago she was present with recently executed Charlie Groth when four friends vacationing in a cabin on Whidbey Island were massacred. Was Lainie, as she quaveringly maintains, only a drugged-out witness to her boyfriend's madness? How deep does her complicity go? And how did her blackmailers get the goods on her? Most of the people who could answer these questions are dead--and now more, it seems, are following them. The nightmare that haunts Lainie's past is so horrific that Thomas's fans will surely overlook the slapdash details of its exhumation (suspects suddenly tripping over each other in their haste to clear themselves) in his grimmest outing in years. (Author tour) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Going from strength to strength July 5 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Emerson's only moderately competent private eye sails through a tale that presents moral dilemmas as well as insights into relationships without being pretentious, some wildly improbable characters, witty wise-guy prose and a strongly realistic evocation of the West Coast. Easy reading and excellent of its type!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable Book! May 1 2000
By Chrish
Format:Hardcover
This was the first (but not the last) Earl W. Emerson book I've read. I found it very enjoyable, and could not put it down until I was done. Being from the Pacific Northwest, I especially enjoyed all the references to familiar places. I went to our local bookstore this afternoon and purchased several more Earl W. Emerson mysteries. Can't wait to get started. Going back to start at the beginning of the Thomas Black series with "Rainy City", as I would like to see his relationship with Kathy unfold in chronological order. Highly recommended and just plain fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one from Earl Emerson April 30 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read all of Emerson's Thomas Black books and have enjoyed every single one of them. (I'm currently reading Catfish Cafe). I started reading this series almost 10 years ago and am constantly waiting for new ones to come out. The humor as well as mystery in his books keep you reading until the very end. I'm not into really gory and scary books but I love mysteries. Emerson's writing gives me exactly what I want. Deception Pass was not quite as suspenseful as some of his other books (try Million Dollar Tattoo). I kind of knew the ending in the middle of the book, but I read mostly because I enjoy the character Thomas Black and I like to hear the descriptions of Seattle in the books. This book is written in the typical Emerson style and you won't be disappointed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun. April 10 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was lucky enough to catch Earl Emerson on television recently and now I'm hooked on his books. Not being a reader of mysteries I have found his writing to be a nice change of pace from my usual fare. Mr. Emerson has a style of writing that I refer to as conversational. His dialogue is witty and informal. It's as if he is speaking rather than writing and I find it to be a nice change from many of the history writers I read. Without giving away any of the story Deception Pass seemed to be wrapped up in the first fifty or so pages. I wondered what could possibly be left to tell in the next 250 pages? Little did I realize that the story was only just beginning rather than concluding. I knew there had to be a reason why the eventual murderer was introduced to the story, but I never would have guessed he was the one. To the bitter end I suspected it was somebody else (I don't know who. Just somebody else.) I had a great time trying, in vain, to identify the killer. In summary Deception Pass is a quick read that is also thoroughly enjoyable.
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