Joseph Kozmarski

3 books in series
3 out of 5 stars 8 ratings

The Last Striptease Publisher's Summary

In his impressive and confident debut, Michael Wiley delivers a thrilling tale about how greed and revenge play out on the streets of Chicago.

Private eye Joe Kozmarski has just been asked to clear his childhood friend Bob Piedras of murder. Bob’s latest girlfriend, a young Vietnamese American beauty, has turned up dead in an airport hotel. No one is very surprised; she had a taste for hard liquor, drugs, and stripping in front of a camera. And Bob has a history of violence. But Bob’s boss, retired judge Peter Rifkin, is convinced Bob is innocent and thinks Joe is the one to find the real killer.

But Joe’s life is complicated. He hasn’t spoken to Rifkin for 15 years - ever since his father, now dead, found out that the judge had double-crossed him. The dead woman’s brothers, a pair of tough guys, are bent on being the first to find and punish her murderer. On top of that, Joe and his wife have separated, and his mother has dropped his 11-year-old nephew on him. But the more obstacles Joe encounters, the more determined he becomes to see this case through.

With its vividly realized characters and compelling story line, The Last Striptease won the 2006 St. Martin’s Press / Private Eye Writers of America contest, which has accomplished its mission of finding amazing new talent in what has become a long tradition of excellent crime fiction.

©2007 Michael Wiley (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Last Striptease

    • The Joseph Kozmarski Series, Book 1
    • By: Michael Wiley
    • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
    • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 5

    Private eye Joe Kozmarski has just been asked to clear his childhood friend Bob Piedras of murder. Bob’s latest girlfriend, a young Vietnamese American beauty, has turned up dead in an airport hotel. No one is very surprised; she had a taste for hard liquor, drugs, and stripping in front of a camera. And Bob has a history of violence. But Bob’s boss, retired judge Peter Rifkin, is convinced Bob is innocent and thinks Joe is the one to find the real killer. But Joe’s life is complicated....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • So-So Book read by Gabby Hayes

    • By FRITZ STOOP on 03-31-11

    Regular price: $20.72

  • Book 2

    • The Bad Kitty Lounge

    • The Joseph Kozmarski Series, Book 2
    • By: Michael Wiley
    • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
    • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Greg Samuelson, an unassuming bookkeeper, hired Joe Kozmarski to dig up dirt on his wife and her lover, Eric Stone. But now Samuelson has taken matters into his own hands. It looks like he’s torched Stone’s Mercedes, killed his boss, and then shot himself, all in the space of an hour. The police think they know how to put together this ugly puzzle. But as Kozmarski discovers, nothing’s ever simple.

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 3

    • A Bad Night’s Sleep

    • The Joseph Kozmarski Series, Book 3
    • By: Michael Wiley
    • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
    • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Working late-night surveillance at a luxury condominium development in a city world famous for corruption, Chicago private detective Joe Kozmarski encounters a burglary crew. Two of the crew members show up in a police cruiser. In the chaos that follows, Kozmarski shoots and kills a thief, who is also one of Chicago’s finest. Kozmarski is in for many a bad night’s sleep.

    Regular price: $20.97