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Poverty Bay [Mass Market Paperback]

Earl Emerson
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June 29 1997 Thomas Black Mysteries
"Emerson is at the top of his game, and very few are better."
--Mostly Murder

As sole heir to his beloved granddaddy's fortune, noble and naive Lance Tyner wants to use the money for the good of mankind. But some not-so-good specimens of the species--including Lance's conniving father, sleazy brother, and spoiled sister--have much more selfish plans in mind.

Now Lance has vanished. And P.I. Thomas Black must follow his trail into the sad and scary places where the dregs of humanity struggle to stay alive--and where men like Lance and Black too often end up dead. . . .

"Emerson is carving his own special niche among a new generation of private eye writers."
--The Washington Post Book World

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From the Publisher

Earl Emerson's acclaimed series about Seattle private investigator Thomas Black is much beloved by readers and critics. And with justification. (These novels, running the gamut from THE RAINY CITY to the just-issued CATFISH CAF, are among my all-time favorite detective tales, and I'm not just saying that because I'm Earl's editor.) But I don't know any other crime novelist who amasses such fervent praise from his peers. It would be a crime to call Earl Emerson merely a "writer's writer." But there sure are a lot of talented authors who revere him. To wit . . .

Aaron Elkins: "In every book he tries something new, and he always comes up a winner. In the best tradition of American crime fiction, Emerson is a master of witty dialogue; clever, complex plotting; and lucid, meaty prose."

Robert Crais: "Earl Emerson writes with the richness and grace of a poet, evincing a quality of phrase and nuance that elevates the genre."

Ann Rule: "Earl Emerson and Thomas Black only get better and better! Earl Emerson has taken his place in the rarefied air of the best of the best!"

'Nuff said.

--Joe Blades, Associate Publisher

About the Author

Earl Emerson is a lieutenant in the Seattle Fire Department. He is the Shamus Award-winning author of the Thomas Black detective series, which includes The Rainy City, Poverty Bay, Nervous Laughter, Fat Tuesday, Deviant Behavior, Yellow Dog Party, The Portland Laugher, The Vanishing Smile, and The Million-Dollar Tattoo. He has also written four books featuring ex-fire chief and acting sheriff Mac Fontana: Black Hearts and Slow Dancing, Help Wanted: Orphans Preferred, Morons and Madmen, and Going Crazy in Public.

Earl Emerson lives in North Bend, Washington.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Down and out in Seattle March 13 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Emerson writes hardboiled well plotted mysteries and this is one. Some of his descriptions are memorable--"Tyner wore an undistinguished gray suit with a tie that lay on his bony chest like a lizard mashed under a truck tire....He was staring at the floor wondering what other foul dishes fate had yet to ladle up." One of my criticisms of his prior novel is that the characters were abnormal. In this book he has two "normal" people-they appear as neighbors on about a page and a half. One of the principal plot elements is a description of the down and out. This was not of much interest to me and Emerson did not include any "tricks" bums might use to make it more interesting. However, I keep reading and buying the books so Emerson is doing more right than wrong.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good book to spend an evening with Oct. 4 1999
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Emerson's books are always a fun, quick read. This is not one of his best but I enjoyed it as usual. I must do a great deal of technical reading and writing so spending an evening with Thomas Black is a particular treat---I think he's someone I'd like to know in real life. Emerson writes well (if a bit heavy on simile) and his plots are well crafted; he makes them more than just who-dun-its by weaving in thought provoking social problems such as homelessness, aides, and drug use. His settings are also great---I love following his travels around Seattle and neighboring towns since I grew up in that area and know right where he is most of the time. I'm just waiting to find my hometown, Marysville, in one of his books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bleak tale of the homeless in Seattle Dec 15 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Poverty Bay is a solid enough mystery wrapped in a depressing ambiance. In this second book in the series, Thomas Black is hired to locate a missing man, Lance. Lance failed to meet his black girlfriend at the marriage license bureau. It turns out that Lance is the sole heir to a 15 million dollar fortune who has lived as a street person for the last few years. Hence, Thomas follows a trail through both the homeless life of Seattle and the black sub-culture as he seeks Lance.
This was a pretty good read. The clues, while sometimes pretty improbable, turn up regularly. Still, there's no glamour in this tale or humor.
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