Save the Last Dance for Me

Save the Last Dance for Me

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Baker & Taylor
Preparations for a visit from presidential candidate Richard Nixon become chaotic when Reverend John Muldaur, who has been stirring up the town with anti-Semitic and anti-Catholic circulars, is murdered, forcing Judge Esme Whitney to enlist the help of her friend Sam McCain, a struggling lawyer and occasional sleuth, to catch a killer.

Perseus Publishing
As Black River Falls, Iowa, prepares for a presidential election campaign visit from Vice President Richard Milhous Nixon, Reverend John Muldaur is stirring up the town with both his anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic circulars and his snake-handling ceremonies. When Muldaur drops dead on his altar, however, it’s not from a snakebite but from strychnine-laced Pepsi. With only a week before her good friend Tricky Dick comes to town, Judge Esme Whitney enlists her friend the struggling lawyer and occasional investigator Sam McCain to prevent the population of Black River Falls from looking like ?a bunch of hillbillies.” Once again, McCain must confront local prejudices, secrets, and dim-witted police chief Cliffe Sykes, Jr. to solve another small-town mystery in the acclaimed series launched with The Day the Music Died. Author Ed Gorman is the winner of many awards, including the Shamus, the Spur, and the International Fiction Writer's Award. ?....provoke[s] a bracing nostalgia for a time that was neither as innocent nor as dull as is sometimes said.”?Wall Street Journal ?Without overworking those warhorses, nostalgia and kitsch, he sharply evokes the twilight of the ’50s....”?Los Angeles Times ?No writer captures the mood of 50s middle America ... better than Gorman.”?Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine ?Gorman ... seems to have hit a mother lode with this series.”?Publishers Weekly ? ....good and evil clash ... as they have in the more urban crime drama of Block or Leonard.”?Booklist

As Black River Falls, Iowa, prepares for a presidential election campaign visit from Vice President Richard Milhous Nixon, Reverend John Muldaur is stirring up the town with both his anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic circulars and his snake-handling ceremonies. When Muldaur drops dead on his altar, however, it's not from a snakebite but from strychnine-laced Pepsi. With only a week before her good friend Tricky Dick comes to town, Judge Esme Whitney enlists her friend the struggling lawyer and occasional investigator Sam McCain to prevent the population of Black River Falls from looking like "a bunch of hillbillies." Once again, McCain must confront local prejudices, secrets, and dim-witted police chief Cliffe Sykes, Jr. to solve another small-town mystery in the acclaimed series launched with The Day the Music Died. Author Ed Gorman is the winner of many awards, including the Shamus, the Spur, and the International Fiction Writer's Award. "....provoke[s] a bracing nostalgia for a time that was neither as innocent nor as dull as is sometimes said."?Wall Street Journal "Without overworking those warhorses, nostalgia and kitsch, he sharply evokes the twilight of the '50s...."?Los Angeles Times "No writer captures the mood of 50s middle America ... better than Gorman."?Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine "Gorman ... seems to have hit a mother lode with this series."?Publishers Weekly " ....good and evil clash ... as they have in the more urban crime drama of Block or Leonard."?Booklist


Blackwell North Amer
It is August 1960, and Vice President Richard Milhous Nixon is riding the campaign trail. Among his next stops is Black River Falls, Iowa - a prospect that has the whole town talking and Judge Esme Ann Whitney, the presidential candidate's old friend, bustling with Republican fervor. Out on the north edge of town, meanwhile, in the abandoned garage where the country preacher John Muldaur has set up his ministry, the snakes are rattling.
Muldaur has not endeared himself to the people of Black River Falls either with his snake-handling ceremonies or with the anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic pamphlets - THE JEWS BEHIND JOHN F. KENNEDY screams their headline - that he's been circulating. Still, the town's youngest lawyer and sometime private investigator, Sam McCain, finds Muldaur's claim that he may be the target of a papist assassination plot largely improbable. McCain can't deny, though, that somebody has got it in bad for Muldaur when, apparently by snakebite but actually from strychnine-laced Pepsi, the preacher drops dead at his own altar.
With Nixon's visit only a week away Judge Whitney wants this inconvenient matter of murder cleared up fast, to keep the entire population of Black River Falls from looking like "a bunch of hill people" to the GOP and the national press. Between McCain and the solution stand a heap of local prejudices, some unpleasant family secrets, the dim-witted police chief Cliffie Sykes, Jr., another corpse, and a cageful of rattlesnakes.

Baker
& Taylor

When the Reverend John Muldaur, who has been stirring up the town with anti-Semitic and anti-Catholic circulars, is murdered, Judge Esme Whitney enlists the help of Sam McCain, a struggling lawyer and occasional sleuth, to catch a killer.

Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, c2002
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed
Series:
ISBN: 9780786709687
0786709685
Branch Call Number: F GOR
Characteristics: 230 p. ; 24 cm

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