The Vanishing Smile

The Vanishing Smile

Book - 1995
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Random House, Inc.
Earl Emerson, author of The Portland Laugher and other novels featuring Seattle private eye Thomas Black, has been hailed by Aaron Elkins as "a writer's writer--a master of witty dialogue; clever, complex plotting; and lucid, meaty prose in the best tradition of American crime fiction." Now, in The Vanishing Smile, a fateful, fatal encounter on a rain-swept highway throws Black into a deadly investigation.
Marian Wright is an amateur sleuth in the employ of two attractive young women eager to catch up with their no-account ex-lovers. Spry and seventyish, Marian has all the resourcefulness of a professional gumshoe, and the relentlessness of a woman with a score of her own to settle. When Marian's investigation ends abruptly and ferociously--with Thomas Black and his estranged friend Kathy Birchfield as eyewitnesses--Thomas has a new case on his hands.
Picking up the pieces of Marian Wright's search for her clients' rogue boyfriends, Thomas encounters a network of people--from ex-cons to prostitutes to other private investigators--all webbed together by a chilling common thread. It's a discovery that speaks volumes about the zealousness of Marian's manhunt, and even suggests a monstrous reason for her sudden death.
Equally monstrous is an unknown, baseball-wielding assailant who seems hell-bent to ensure that the investigation stays closed. But Black doesn't need a head-bashing to grasp the violent, virulent implications behind Marian Wright's death. And readers don't need to look further than The Vanishing Smile for the red-hot action and white-knuckle suspense that have become Earl Emerson's trademarks.

Baker & Taylor
Seattle sleuth Thomas Black finds himself at the angry center of a ring of ex-cons, prostitutes, other detectives, and a mysterious assailant with a baseball bat, all linked by an evil thread

Blackwell North Amer
Marian Wright is an amateur sleuth in the employ of two attractive young women eager to catch up with their no-account ex-lovers. Spry and seventyish, Marian has all the resourcefulness of a professional gumshoe, and the relentlessness of a woman with a score to settle. When Marian's investigation ends abruptly and ferociously - with Thomas Black and his estranged friend Kathy Birchfield as eyewitnesses - Thomas has a new case on his hands.

Baker
& Taylor

The eighth fast-paced, witty mystery starring Seattle sleuth Thomas Black finds Black at the angry center of a ring of ex-cons, prostitutes, other detectives, and a mysterious assailant with a baseball bat, all linked by an evil thread. By the author of The Portland Laugher.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c1995
ISBN: 9780345384867
0345384865
Branch Call Number: F EME
Characteristics: 260 p. ; 24 cm

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