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Trouble always finds Virgil Cain. Brad smith's second Virgil Cain novel is fast, funny country-noir action at its best. For Virgil Cain, a day of fishing on the Hudson River yields more than he bargained for when, while pulling up anchor, he hooks on to a mysterious steel cylinder. As word of Virgil's strange catch spreads around the local marina, it draws the attention of a crooked city cop, who seizes both the cylinder and Virgil's boat. Soon, an old drug deal gone sour surfaces, and to get to the bottom of it--and to get his boat back--Virgil teams up with a captivating single mom, Dusty, who knows far too much about the cylinder and the pure cocaine it contains. The landscape is soon cluttered with the dealer who claims ownership of the cylinder, his murderous sidekick, and a wild card in the form of a crazy Russian cowboy. Virgil and Dusty find themselves trapped in the middle and desperate for a way out.
Welcome to The Dark Side, a collection of excerpts from some of Simon & Schuster Canada's most terrifying, mysterious, and suspenseful novels. From Nick Cutter's old-school thriller, The Troop, to Kathy Reichs' internationally bestselling Bones series, these stories will leave you trembling. The Dark Side includes excerpts from: Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper Shoot the Dog by Brad Smith Eye of the Storm by Rob Pobi The Troop by Nick Cutter Open Secret by Deryn Collier A Murder of Crows by David Rotenberg The Guilty by Sean Slater Death of a Patriot by Don Gutteridge Stranglehold by Robert Rotenberg Freak by Jennifer Hillier
BRAD SMITH, A "FUNNY, POIGNANT, EVOCATIVE" (DENNIS LEHANE) CRIME NOVELIST, DEBUTS A NEW SERIES SET INUPSTATE NEW YORK FEATURING JACK-OF-ALL-TRADES VIRGIL CAIN, WHO MUST CLEAR HIS NAME OF TWO MURDERS WHILE ON THE RUN FROM THE LAW. Mickey Dupree is one of the most successful criminal attorneys in upstate New York. The upside of being Mickey: he has never lost a capital murder case. The downside: Mickey has a lot of enemies, and one of them has just driven the shaft of a golf club through his heart, leaving him dead in a sand trap at his exclusive country club. The cops, led by a gung ho but dim-witted detective named Joe Brady, focus their attentions on Virgil Cain. Just two weeks earlier, Virgil told a crowded bar that "somebody ought to blow Mickey's head off," after the slippery lawyer earned an acquittal for Alan Comstock, the man accused of murdering Virgil's wife. Comstock, a legendary record producer, gun nut, and certifiable lunatic, has returned to his estate, where he lives with his wife, the long-suffering Jane. Virgil is convinced that the fix is in when Brady immediately throws him into jail with no investigation. So Virgil escapes from custody, determined to find Mickey's killer himself. His only ally is the smart and sexy Claire Marchand, a detective who is at least willing to consider that Virgil may be telling the truth. Now it's up to Virgil to prove his innocence, and to do that he needs to find the killer. Before the killer finds him.
From a writer who "rivals Elmore Leonard at his best" (Publishers Weekly) comes the third novel in the Virgil Cain series--a riveting story that opens with the discovery of the body of a movie star near the Hudson River.In upstate New York, Virgil Cain's draft horses are pulling hay in the fields when two film scouts offer him $500 a day for their use in a film. He pockets the money, but the chaotic set of Frontier Woman turns out to be more trouble than it's worth. Producer Sam Jonson clearly has her heart in the wrong place with her husband-cum-director Robb, who costs her a major financier, not to mention the Native American casino owner Ronnie Red Hawk, who has a vested interest in an alternate leading lady. After one--and then a second--young woman is found dead, Virgil discovers that more is at stake than the interests of a casino magnate...and he'd better step in before the charming ten-year-old actress Georgia ends up the next victim of this deadly production. "Smith has a marvelous control of his material, effortlessly mixing laugh-out-loud comedy with streaks of country noir" (Booklist), and he is "a writer to watch, a comet on the horizon" (Dennis Lehane).
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