Blood Mud

Blood Mud

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Baker & Taylor
Private detective Mario Balzic, whose heart is acting up, returns to investigate the disappearance of guns from a local shop and finds himself confronted with a number of dangerous and powerful suspects, including a local politician and a police chief

Blackwell North Amer
Mario Balzic the inimitable police chief (retired) of a small western Pennsylvania industrial town, is back on a case and getting a powerful taste of mortality, especially his own...
Balzic swaps the uniform service regs of the public cop for the uniform shirt and tie of the private cop, trading his onetime blue-collar beat for a new white-collar clientele. There's been a burglary at the local gun shop. Hired by an old friend, attorney Mo Valcanas, Balzic must track down the missing arsenal for the insurance company.
As no one knows better than a seasoned cop, stolen guns can only point to even bigger trouble. Under Balzic's dogged sleuthing, said trouble takes the form of a corrupt married politico cheating with a stripper; a police chief a couple of towns over hungry for the influence a little improved firepower can buy; a deli owner known as the Fat Buddha who mixes racketeering with the cold cuts; and the gangster's hapless nephew, framed for selling porn and drugs.
A couple of deadly curves interrupt his search. Not long from losing his mother, the cholesterol-laden Balzic is brought low by a sudden cardiac episode. This intimately personal crisis combines with an equally sudden murder to turn a solitary job into a singular mission: to stay alive, at least long enough to crack one more case....

Baker
& Taylor

Private detective Mario Balzic, whose heart is acting up, returns to investigate the disappearance of guns from a local shop and finds himself confronted with a number of dangerous and powerful suspects, including a local politician and a police chief. 12,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Warner Books, c1999
ISBN: 9780892966479
0892966475
Branch Call Number: FIC Const
Characteristics: 375 p

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May 19, 2016

These books seem to be getting more and more personal. I'm wondering if this reflects on the author's own personal situation. At any rate, this is a nice mix of Balzic's personal struggles and his quasi-professional ones. Not much in the way of resolution but a lot of apparent verisimilitude.

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