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Long Reach A Streeter Mystery [Paperback]

Michael Stone
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Jan. 31 1998 Streeter Mystery
Streeter's first appearance in The Low End of Nowhere met with enthusiastic raves from both sides of the Rockies. The Albuquerque Journal called his debut "sparkling." The New York Times Book Review labeled him "an eye catcher"-and the Denver Post nailed him as "the quintessential loner private eye." Now Streeter's back, and this time, well, let's just say that while he's got a lot to learn in the dame department, he sure knows how to get himself tangled up in their affairs. When his ex-fianc e, Carol-a tough-talking attorney with plenty of curves-becomes the target of a murderous, disgruntled client, Streeter reluctantly signs on as her chief protector and roommate. The assignment takes him all over the streets of Denver chasing the leads on live tarantulas, dead cats, offbeat no-gooders, and steamy women. But when Carol's already erratic behavior takes a bizarre and suspicious turn, Streeter realizes he might have to pay more attention to the homefront. With on-target dark humor, nonstop action, and ingenious plotting, Streeter's return delivers unfiltered, one-hundred-proof thrills the good, old-fashioned way-straight up with a twist.

• Stone's The Low End of Nowhere was nominated for a Shamus Award for Best First Novel

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Streeter, the Denver bounty hunter who first appeared in The Low End of Nowhere (LJ 1/96), encounters a formidable enemy in the person of a known murderer released from prison on a technicality. The psychotic felon, Kevin Swallow, has vowed to kill all those connected with his imprisonment, including his lawyer?Streeter's ex-fiancee. Swallow threatens, taunts, kills?all without police or Streeter finding him?until Streeter gets a lucky break or two and teams up with a p.i. involved in the original Swallow case. Authentic action, in-depth characterization, and a nerve-wracking, cat-and-mouse plot make this a winner.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Streeter, the Denver bounty hunter and private eye who made his debut in The Low End of Nowhere , remains heroically unlucky in love. In addition to four ex-wives, Streeter has a host of former lovers, including Carol, who blamed him for the failure of her criminal-law practice and once stuck her hand in the garbage disposal and hit the switch. So when she calls Streeter to ask him to protect her from a man she once defended in a murder trial, he reluctantly agrees to help. Soon people involved in the case are being killed, and Carol's brittle stability is beginning to crack. Stone, a former journalist and now a real-life Denver private investigator, has two winning skills. He creates fascinating women for Streeter to fall for, and his criminals are both violent and dangerous yet self-destructively stupid. A Long Reach isn't quite as much fun, or as delightfully down and dirty, as its predecessor, but the dames are desirable, and one of the thugs literally shoots himself in the foot. Thomas Gaughan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked from the beginning May 24 1998
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The first 2 sentences of this book hooked me. "Merton"Buddy" Hinckley wouldn't tell you the truth if you set his hair on fire. As a small- time contractor, he treated his customers like lice, and he had more process servers after him than both Clintons combined." Move over, Raymond Chandler. Read this in one sitting. Even though I hated the ex-girl friend and hoped she'd get iced or at least didn't care, Stone makes you care about the story. It moves fast and has interesting characters. The final "show-down" is hilarious; this should be a movie. I plan to read all the Streeter books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and spiritual. Really captures the mood. April 2 1999
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This book (and the rest of the Streeter Mysteries) are captivating with a rough appeal. The rawness of the lead character, Streeter, makes you scared of him, yet leaves you wanting to now more about him. Stone does an excellent job with the story line that will keep you in suspense until the very end. Can't wait for more of them. If you love a good mystery, look no further.
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A LONG REACH
Michael Stone
Viking, Feb 1997, $20.95, 225 pp.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked from the beginning May 24 1998
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The first 2 sentences of this book hooked me. "Merton"Buddy" Hinckley wouldn't tell you the truth if you set his hair on fire. As a small- time contractor, he treated his customers like lice, and he had more process servers after him than both Clintons combined." Move over, Raymond Chandler. Read this in one sitting. Even though I hated the ex-girl friend and hoped she'd get iced or at least didn't care, Stone makes you care about the story. It moves fast and has interesting characters. The final "show-down" is hilarious; this should be a movie. I plan to read all the Streeter books.
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Pulp! July 22 2005
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Streeter is back and up to his old tricks. Following the bad guys through twists and turns is no easy job in itself...throw in, getting the girl, making wisecracks and being quicker than the police and you have a five star detective story. I love Streeter - he is like a modern Phillip Marlow. Here Streeter has to protect his ex-wife from a psychopath that was her client and went to jail. Now he is out on a technicality and is furious. His specialty is to make bombs/booby traps to kill everyone involved in the case.

Buy this book if you love faced paced mystery and danger. I guarantee every time you put it down you will make the long reach to pick it back up - it's that good!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and spiritual. Really captures the mood. April 2 1999
By sdupler@clemson.edu - Published on Amazon.com
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This book (and the rest of the Streeter Mysteries) are captivating with a rough appeal. The rawness of the lead character, Streeter, makes you scared of him, yet leaves you wanting to now more about him. Stone does an excellent job with the story line that will keep you in suspense until the very end. Can't wait for more of them. If you love a good mystery, look no further.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff! June 11 2002
By Charlotte Vale-Allen - Published on Amazon.com
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The promise that author Stone showed in The Low End of Nowhere is delivered in this second book of the series. While a key plot point is telegraphed fairly early on, the author uses this to his advantage and delivers some nicely unexpected twists. This time out, the characters stand solid in their own right and in the climactic scenes of this book Stone lets his sense of humor loose, with the result that there are some hilarious, laugh-out-loud moments. It's always rewarding when a writer finds his stride and takes off. I'm looking forward to the other books in the series--which are already waiting for me in the small mountain of bedside reading.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A woman from Streeter's past brings him trouble today Jan. 24 1997
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A LONG REACH
Michael Stone
Viking, Feb 1997, $20.95, 225 pp.
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