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Shooting Straight in the Dark Paperback – Aug 1 2001

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; 1st Edition edition (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771015348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771015342
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,244,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Think a blind, younger Bonnie Raitt, and you've got Kit Mason, a struggling musician desperate to get both her career and her non-existent love life kick-started. But those twin preoccupations are forced to take a back seat when her close friend Marion is brutally murdered. That's the premise of Shooting Straight in the Dark, a thriller from Toronto musician-turned-author Rick Blechta (Knock on Wood, The Lark Ascending): forget being a professional songstress, it's time to become an amateur sleuth. To crack the case, Kit recruits her other best pals, a close-knit yet often dysfunctional group of friends who call themselves the Ruthless Babes. Clearly a man who has spent a lot of time around women, Blechta depicts their foibles and failings with real insight, humour, and tenderness. He's much more convincing in describing their group dynamics than the interaction of Kit and Patrick, her new lover.

Blechta keeps the suspense high by switching the narration between Kit and the vicious predator now targeting the Babes, referred to simply as "The Man," as in "The Man couldn't remember the last time he felt so angry. His rage sent out tendrils in every direction, like some noxious weed." The reader is also likely to take pleasure in Blechta's observational asides about life in Toronto. Whether he's querying the suspect acoustics of Roy Thomson Hall or the wimpyness of the Blue Jays fans at SkyDome, his insights ring true. Those seeking a breezily entertaining yet suitably suspenseful thriller will find Shooting Straight in the Dark right on target. --Kerry Doole

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old Kit Mason has been blind for six years, and she still hasn’t accepted what has happened to her. Not only is her career as a songwriter/guitarist stalled, but her personal life is the pits. Kit’s closest friends, Carolina, Susan, Marion, and Jackie, all members of her former softball team, the Ruthless Babes, have encouraged her to branch out in her music, and decide – during a ribald and beer-fuelled get-together – to kick-start her social life with a companion-wanted ad in a Toronto newspaper.<br><br>Before the plans can take effect, however, one of the Babes is brutally murdered. The police are sure that she was the victim of a serial killer who is on the loose, but the Babes, shattered though they are, begin to suspect that the police are wrong.<br><br>With the fighting spirit that served them well on the baseball diamond, they throw themselves – sometimes literally – into the investigation, much to the annoyance of the police detective assigned t

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