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Million-Dollar Tattoo [Mass Market Paperback]

Earl Emerson
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Sept. 28 1997 Thomas Black Series
Seattle P.I. Thomas Black is sound asleep when he gets a panicked call from "Snake," a fellow gumshoe, with a case that's one for The X-Files. There's an exotic-looking woman dead in Snake's bed. He's not sure how she died, but he's certain about where she came from--outer space.

Even a murder rap and the specter of prison can't make Snake change his story. Thomas Black's job? To rescue the increasingly paranoid Snake and discover if indeed "the truth is out there." But what Black finds will prove to be more "out there" than he could ever imagine. . . .

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From Publishers Weekly

Seattle PI Thomas Black, last seen in The Vanishing Smile, brings an element of reason to a bizarre case when his old chum and fellow PI, Elmer "Snake" Slezak, makes some outlandish claims about the dead woman in his bed: he didn't kill her, she used to have a tattoo on her breast and she was one of many cloned breeders from another galaxy. Although Slezak persists in his story long after it goes stale, unimaginative police charge him with the murder, releasing him only when an anonymous benefactor posts full bail in cash. Black, who is "not entirely sure Snake did it," starts off turning up more coincidences than answers. The same corporation dangling attractive?and distracting?work offers in front of Black is also Slezak's biggest client. The ex-wife of a homeless man Slezak recently befriended says the dead woman helped break up her marriage?but she doesn't know who she is. One person after another seems to have some connection with the wealthy and elusive Judson Bonneville, and Black encounters a woman who looks so much like the dead one that she could be a clone. Although events (including additional deaths) surrounding the murder are interesting, Emerson coarsens the picture by applying its peculiar elements with a trowel instead of an artist's brush, and with attempts at wit that are more crude than they are sharp. Major ad/promo; author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When a woman is found dead in private eye Elmer "Snake" Slezak's bed, Seattle sleuth Thomas Black and attorney-wife Kathy are enlisted to clear their colleague of murder charges. Unfortunately, most of the evidence points to the womanizing, alcoholic Slezak, and his rantings about participating in an alien breeding program do not help his defense. Matters are made worse by the arrival of detective Haldeman?as much a zealous control freak as his name is meant to suggest. When shady mega-corporation IGP Systems starts aggressively to recruit Black a more earthbound explanation begins to emerge. Readers will enjoy Emerson's (The Portland Laughter, Ballantine, 1994) breezy, conversational style more than the over-complicated and unbelievable plot. Recommended for large collections, especially in the Northwest.?Adam Mazmanian, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Irresistable! Aug. 13 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Stephen Greenleaf and Earl Emerson are probably the two finest practitioners of the "hardboiled P.I." school currently writing. THE MILLION-DOLLAR TATTOO admirably displays Emerson's strengths: a smooth, colorful style; a complex, outrageous, but ultimately credible plot; a motley cast of well-drawn characters; an outstanding sense of pace; a terrific ear for dialogue; and well-timed humor.
Other reviews here will give you a hint about the plot, so I'll simply add that underlying all of it is the serious theme of the misuse of money and power.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A million dollars worth of laughs! May 18 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is by far the funniest book in the Thomas Black series. About page 2 I gave up laughing and went right to snorting. And the mystery was pretty darned good, too. If you only read one book by Earl Emerson (and if you stop at one, your next stop should be a shrink), this one is the "must read."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another clasic Thomas Black **** Feb. 1 1997
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
In the typical emerson way, thomas and new wife must
find a way to clear an old freind of a murder charge.
The only thing to go on is a lame aliby "they came
from outer space so I could populate their world."
come take a read this book has more twists and
turns than southbond 405.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grrrrrrrreat March 8 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed Snake and the aliens women. The book is fantastic! It is a must read.
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