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EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES Mass Market Paperback – Jul 1 1990

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Dell; Reissue edition (July 1 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440206308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440206309
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,663,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fully realized characters, complex plots and excellent writing are the qualities that attract readers to Valin's series about Harry Stoner, private eye. In his eighth appearance, Stoner describes his assignment to find missing Ira Lessing, a businessman from Cincinnati, Ohio, beloved for his generous help to troubled teens. The detective is with Lessing's childlike wife Janey, and his partner, Len Trumaine, when they learn that Lessing's body has been discovered, brutally beaten. A punk teenager, Terry Carnova, not only confesses but boasts of killing Lessing, but Stoner isn't convinced. Terry's pathetic lover Kitty insists the murderer is "Tommy T," a male hustler who caters to masochists. With this information, the detective gropes his way through the fog that shrouds the facts about the victim and several suspects in the case. The story stands as a "mainstream" novel as well as a fine mystery. Mystery Book Club alternate.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
The Harry Stoner private detective series is one of the better ones around. Stoner is a hardboiled P.I. from Cincinnati who gets involved in some sometime brutally violent stories. "Extenuating Circumstances" is no exception, but it stretches plausibility a bit too much. Also Harry's comes off as a rather colorless character in this one.
Stoner's never bad, but he's usually better than this.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d830894) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
HASH(0xb55dbb4c) out of 5 stars Extenuating circumstances indeed! Nov. 8 2015
By Kevin Moser - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Valin/Stoner at their bleakest best. Set against all the familiar backdrops of Downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, Valin's Harry Stoner takes on a case that is based on a real life circumstance. Once he is in Harry can't pull himself away even though his client doesn't want him in. Harry's search for the truth in the case and his need for justice take him to a place even he doesn't expect. If you enjoy the noir type detective novels and especially if you are from Cincinnati, you will enjoy this installment of the Stoner series.
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HASH(0x9d53b018) out of 5 stars Not as good as other Stoner novels March 20 2001
By Brian D. Rubendall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Harry Stoner private detective series is one of the better ones around. Stoner is a hardboiled P.I. from Cincinnati who gets involved in some sometime brutally violent stories. "Extenuating Circumstances" is no exception, but it stretches plausibility a bit too much. Also Harry's comes off as a rather colorless character in this one.
Stoner's never bad, but he's usually better than this.

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