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Publisher's Summary

A writer-at-large for the Dallas Morning News, Howard Swindle has been nominated for an Edgar Award and received national attention for his first novel, Jitter Joint. Swindle's flair for edgy suspense is sharply defined in this successor, which challenges Dallas homicide detective Jeb Quinlin with a perplexing and far-reaching case.

Newspaper reporter Richard Carlisle is not liked or admired by his colleagues. When his body is discovered by the side of a road, no one sheds any tears. What the autopsy report reveals, however, catches Detective Quinlin's attention. Instead of a bullet or knife, the unlucky reporter was murdered by an injection of snake venom. What was the young man investigating? And who used such a bizarre method to silence him? Pulling together the evidence, Quinlin soon finds himself pitted against one of the most powerful and dangerous families in Texas.

©2000 Howard Swindle; (P)2001 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"A well-written, well-plotted blend of mystery and suspense." (Publishers Weekly)
"Swindle...has an excellent ear for dialogue, capturing his characters' strengths and foibles in a few clean strokes. He also has a knack for building suspense slowly yet inexorably and then delivering the coup de grace deftly." (Booklist)

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