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LINDA BARNES is the author of twelve Carlotta Carlyle mysteries, winner of the Anthony and American Mystery Awards, and an Edgar Award finalist. She lives in the Boston area with her husband and son.

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Barnes continues her string of intelligent mysteries in this eighth outing with former policewoman turned P.I. Carlotta Carlyle. The murder of an older woman with a hidden past challenges Carlotta like none otherÄthis case brings potential harm to herself and her loved ones. The victim left behind a rare old Jewish manuscript that Carlotta has to find before it ends up in the hands of someone who wants it solely for profit. Carlotta remains a tough, brassy businesswoman with a soft side, especially for her surrogate teenage sister, her rebellious roommate, and her former love, Mooney. At times, these characters threaten to overshadow the main story, but even when Barnes veers from one issue to another, the plot holds up. Unlike most mysteries, once the antagonist is uncovered, Barnes proceeds to write a smart finish. Recommended for all mystery collections.ÄCecilia R. Cygnar, Niles P.L. Dist., IL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

"Carlotta Carlyle has both timeless and contemporary appeal...a winner."--"Boston"" Herald"

"One of the best private-eye series ever."--Harlan Coben

"A sizzler of a crime story."--"Booklist"

""FLASHPOINT" further cement[s] Carlotta's place in the pantheon of contemporary P.I.s."--"Chicago"" Tribune"


"Carlotta Carlyle has both timeless and contemporary appeal...a winner."-"Boston"" Herald"

"One of the best private-eye series ever."-Harlan Coben

"A sizzler of a crime story."-"Booklist"

""FLASHPOINT" further cement[s] Carlotta's place in the pantheon of contemporary P.I.s."-"Chicago"" Tribune"


"Carlotta Carlyle has both timeless and contemporary appeal...a winner."--"Boston"" Herald"

"One of the best private-eye series ever."--Harlan Coben

"A sizzler of a crime story."--"Booklist"

""FLASHPOINT" further cement[s] Carlotta's place in the pantheon of contemporary P.I.s."--"Chicago"" Tribune"


Carlotta Carlyle has both timeless and contemporary appeal a winner. "Boston Herald"

One of the best private-eye series ever. "Harlan Coben"

A sizzler of a crime story. "Booklist"

"FLASHPOINT" further cement[s] Carlotta's place in the pantheon of contemporary P.I.s. "Chicago Tribune""


Carlotta Carlyle has both timeless and contemporary appeal a winner. Boston Herald

One of the best private-eye series ever. Harlan Coben

A sizzler of a crime story. Booklist

FLASHPOINT further cement[s] Carlotta's place in the pantheon of contemporary P.I.s. Chicago Tribune

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"Carlotta Carlyle has both timeless and contemporary appeal...a winner." --Boston Herald

"One of the best private-eye series ever." --Harlan Coben

"A sizzler of a crime story." --Booklist

"FLASHPOINT further cement[s] Carlotta's place in the pantheon of contemporary P.I.s." --Chicago Tribune

With eight appearances in the last 12 years, Barnes's PI Carlotta Carlyle has the full-bodied presence of an old friend. Like most fictional detectives, she's fearless and smart-mouthed. Unlike most, she has a social circle, an exercise regimen and an underachieving id ("I never do seem to come close to figuring out this man/woman thing"). She also has an unusually strong affection for her turf, which is Boston, a city portrayed by Barnes as imperiled by rapacious real estate developers. So when home health aide Gwen Taymore asks Carlotta to provide security advice to Valentine Phipps, an old lady struggling to keep her rent-controlled apartment, Carlotta agrees, as much out of civic duty as out of a desire for a paycheck. But Mrs. Phipps's sudden death, which may have been murder, casts suspicion on elusive Gwen, as well as on the building's possibly mob-connected landlord. And when music industry mogul Bronson Hohen hires Carlotta to investigate Mrs. Phipps's family tree, she starts to wonder why her old cronies in Boston Homicide are so intent on barring her from the crime scene. Meanwhile, Carlotta has to cope with assorted domestic crises, such as her adolescent "Little Sister" Paolina's homelessness, and her tenant Roz's onslaught of bad boyfriends. The many messy details of Carlotta's life give her character resonance, but they also bog down the rather pedestrian plot, which ends improbably with a twist of multinational intrigue. Still, Carlotta's fans will relish dunking doughnuts again with the genial investigator, a woman who knows a thing or two about urban survival ("Car keys make great brass knuckles"). Author tour. (Sept.) FYI: This is Barnes's first novel with Hyperion, which in September also will reissue Barnes's first Carlotta Carlyle mystery, Trouble of Fools, in mass market. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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