Everybody's Somebody's Fool

Everybody's Somebody's Fool

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Baker & Taylor
No one is surprised when a local hot rod hero slams into a bridge at ninety miles per hour, but when his brake cable turns up cleanly severed, lawyer and part-time investigator Sam McCain is on the case.

Perseus Publishing
It’s Christmastime 1960 in Black River Falls, Iowa, but with an Indian summer keeping the temperature at 75 degrees, it sure doesn’t feel like winter. It’s so warm, in fact, that the Lucky Star Drive-In is still open, and Rick Conroy is still drag-racing the nights away with his friends on a deadly stretch of highway outside of town. When Rick slams fatally into a bridge at 90 miles an hour, holiday cheer veers toward foul play, for the police find his brake line to be as lacerated as his spine. The solution does not come easily for struggling lawyer and sometime-investigator Sam McCain, who is dragged into the case by the incorrigible Judge Esme Anne Whitney. Leads go nowhere, tensions mount. Add to that his personal problems—his father has lung cancer and a recent one-night stand is pointing to scandal—and it’s no wonder the holiday heat wave is making this McCain Christmas the darkest, and most dangerous, of the decade. [Sam McCain is] “the kind of hero any small town could take to its heart.”—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review Gorman wonderfully evokes the sorrows and pleasures of a certain Midwestern past.”—The Wall Street Journal “Gorman’s successful capturing of time and place ... sharply evokes the twilight of the ’50s.”—Los Angeles Times

It's Christmastime 1960 in Black River Falls, Iowa, but with an Indian summer keeping the temperature at 75 degrees, it sure doesn't feel like winter. It's so warm, in fact, that the Lucky Star Drive-In is still open, and Rick Conroy is still drag-racing the nights away with his friends on a deadly stretch of highway outside of town. When Rick slams fatally into a bridge at 90 miles an hour, holiday cheer veers toward foul play, for the police find his brake line to be as lacerated as his spine. The solution does not come easily for struggling lawyer and sometime-investigator Sam McCain, who is dragged into the case by the incorrigible Judge Esme Anne Whitney. Leads go nowhere, tensions mount. Add to that his personal problems—his father has lung cancer and a recent one-night stand is pointing to scandal—and it's no wonder the holiday heat wave is making this McCain Christmas the darkest, and most dangerous, of the decade. [Sam McCain is] "the kind of hero any small town could take to its heart."—Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review Gorman wonderfully evokes the sorrows and pleasures of a certain Midwestern past."—The Wall Street Journal "Gorman's successful capturing of time and place ... sharply evokes the twilight of the '50s."—Los Angeles Times


Blackwell North Amer
Things go as wrong as love in a rock-'n'-roll song for dangerous, young David Egan when he finds himself charged with the murder of the pampered but seriously disturbed daughter in the wealthy Griffin family of Black River Falls. They go fatally wrong the night that Egan crashes his black Mercury into a bridge at ninety miles an hour in a drag race outside of town - by no accident, it would appear, as the Merc's brake line had been cut.
Struggling lawyer and sometime private eye Sam McCain finds himself, not unusually, hauled into the investigation by the incorrigible Judge Esme Ann Whitney, who continues to make no attempt to conceal her disdain for the local police and their khaki-clad chief Cliffie Sykes, Jr. While Sam manages to establish a critical connection between the two victims easily enough, the solution to the case more than eludes him the mellow autumnal afternoon that he stumbles on a third: Brenda Carlyle, wife of a former all-American, her once robust body lying lifeless in the last suds of her bath.
Jealous husbands, philandering spouses, jilted girlfriends, outraged parents, a long-suffering wife - Sam does not want for suspects. Or for clues. It's the conclusive evidence that surprises him and that frostily ends the Indian summer in Iowa 1961.

Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, [2002]
Edition: First Carroll & Graf edition
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780786711147
0786711140
Branch Call Number: MYS Gorman, E 100.5 2002
Characteristics: 230 pages ; 24 cm

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