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When a Detroit homicide cop takes a vacation, he looks for some place far away from murder and mayhem. But when Bryan Hurd lands in Palm Beach, he finds that a gun-collecting millionaire and a bitter ex-cop have already brought Motown murder to the Sunshine State.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2012
Edition: First William Morrow paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©1981
ISBN: 9780062122513
0062122517
Branch Call Number: M LEONARD ELMORE
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 21 cm

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Sep 11, 2017

IN THE WINTER OF 1981 a multimillionaire by the name of Robinson Daniels shot a Haitian refugee who had broken into his home in Palm Beach.
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“… Speaking in a mixture of languages and sounds, Creole and Bahamian British English, he said, “I came here to search for my life.”
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“… Well, how come her husband didn’t work there? The woman said because her husband believed to work every day was a bad thing. “If work was a good thing the rich would have it all and not let you do it.”
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“Anyway, with the refugees coming in, lot of them jerked out of prison down there in Cuba . . . I know a gun shop in Miami I mentioned to you, guy’s got three outlets, he’s selling five hundred thousand bucks worth of handguns a month. Guy’s making a fortune. He’s got a range, he’s teaching all these housewives come in how to fire three-fifty-sevens, forty-fives . . . Can you see it? Broad’s making cookies, she’s got this big fxcking Mag stuck in her apron… “

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Sep 11, 2017

“… If you have all the money you could possibly spend in a lifetime, why do you keep making more? I try to explain that the money itself is only a way of keeping score, but she doesn’t understand that.”
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“A girl friend? You look at her close? She’s okay, but she’s got to be thirty years old, at least… “
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“… I haven’t been surprised at anything since I found out girls don’t have weenies.”

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“I didn’t say who do you think deserves to be killed. It’s not a moral question I’m asking. I said who would you like to kill, anybody in the world, assuming you have the resources, whatever you need… “
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“… The hero’s a superstar. Former Green Beret, CIA, KGB double agent, colonel in Army Counter-Intelligence. Can speak about seven languages including Urdu and Tamil. Expert with any kind of weapon ever invented and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. His hands are lethal weapons, ah, but manicured. You know the kind of guy I mean?” “Sure, very cool. Has all these broads around—”

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Sep 11, 2017

“What about your wife?” “She can stay in Florida, get a job wrestling alligators… “

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He fit the role of homicide lieutenant in a filmic way, look and manner adaptable to motion pictures. And yet his manner was natural, almost boyish.
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“you use your gun if you have to. Whereas another police officer might use his gun because he likes to. Is that a fair statement?”
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“It wouldn’t seem anyone could escape from jail, but they do.”
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She knew him but she didn’t know him.

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‘I make decisions according to what’s right and what’s wrong, not to keep my job’
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He resented this one, the uncombed hair, the careless tie, the patter, the same way he resented wavy-haired gospel preachers on television who never stopped smiling.

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Sep 11, 2017

She stood in the bedroom in white bra and panties. Every boy’s dream.
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She stared at him, posed, pert blonde in folds of champagne silk by Halston, boat-neck design good on her for a few more years, flowing lines to conceal thick legs; in ski pants or tailored clothes, an aristocratic fragility above the waist, a peasant’s big-ass sturdiness below: the halves of two different women in one.
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“… Look at what’s her name, the head of the girls’ school who shot the diet doctor. Jean Harris. She isn’t dumb. You read the poems she wrote to him? Well, they were kinda sappy, I guess. But if anybody was dumb it’s that skinny doctor. He didn’t see it coming.”
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“You mind telling me why you did it?” “Practice,” Robbie said.
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“… We inquire who he’s been hanging out with; they ropa-dope you, tell you yeah, he’s tight with Bicky, Micky, Kicky—nobody’s got a real name.”
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“It’s a gun till you shoot somebody with it. Then it’s a weapon.”

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Sep 11, 2017

Gary saying there wasn’t much excitement other than stopping drunks and then you had to be careful who you pulled over. Palm Beach was a playground for the rich people and they okayed the rules. Place swung from Christmas to Easter, then rolled over and went to sleep.
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“… You’re not cynical especially, you’re . . . I can’t think of the word.” “Objective.” “No . . . Well, partly.” “Carefree.” “No.” “Romantic?” “No!” “Straightforward.” “Come on—” “Erect.”
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He didn’t like articles of clothing put together to make “outfits.” He liked shirts and pants, sweaters, combinations that came together and didn’t seem to mind, but were not thought out in advance.
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“Do some people—have you ever met anyone who shot people for the fun of it? For kicks?” “Whatever the reason,” Bryan said, “yeah, there’re people who like to shoot people. There’re cops who look for an excuse. There’re guys who get into armed robbery, I’m pretty sure, hoping they’ll have to use their gun.”

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Sep 11, 2017

“I think we ought to move to Palm Beach,” he said. “You know of any places?” “I know a Holiday Inn,”
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If you know how much money you have you don’t belong here.
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“They’re not all fascists, but when Jack Kennedy was shot some of the Old Guard actually threw parties.”
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“A Venezuelan educated in Moscow, trained in PLO fedayeen camps. Carlos has worked with both the Red Brigade and the Baader-Meinhof gang. He’s the ultimate professional terrorist—kidnapped those OPEC guys in Vienna, he’s murdered who knows how many people. His operating principle is from an old Chinese saying, ‘Kill one, frighten ten thousand.’ ”
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“… ‘Christ, you could invade Cuba.’ ” Bryan came back to the bar. “I don’t know about Cuba, but it might get you through downtown Miami.”

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Sep 11, 2017

“… We’re into guns, man. Everybody is, the good guys now as well as the bad guys. And you know what it comes down to, the bottom line? Who shoots first.”
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‘Bring your horse, a shotgun and a pistol and ride with Nathan Bedford Forrest.’
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“He rationalizes. But when you begin with bullshxt the conclusion you reach is still bullshxt.”
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“He’s always late.” “Well, I read one time, a prompt man is a lonely man,”
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“He’s the great seducer. He told me he hasn’t slept alone since he was fourteen years old.” “Maybe he’s afraid of the dark.”
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I bet, five hundred people in Detroit who could very likely kill each other or somebody else in the near future. I don’t know how to prevent homicides.
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“It was probably a German cockroach,” Bryan said, “but it could’ve been a Madeira. They’re both that shiny light brown. They’ll eat anything, soap, paper . . . glue… “

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Sep 11, 2017

Woody Hayes had probably never spoken to a cheerleader in his life outside of get the fxck out of the way.
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“… We’re into guns, man. Everybody is, the good guys now as well as the bad guys. And you know what it comes down to, the bottom line? Who shoots first.”
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‘Bring your horse, a shotgun and a pistol and ride with Nathan Bedford Forrest.’
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“He rationalizes. But when you begin with bullshxt the conclusion you reach is still bullshxt.”
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“He’s always late.” “Well, I read one time, a prompt man is a lonely man,”
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“He’s the great seducer. He told me he hasn’t slept alone since he was fourteen years old.” “Maybe he’s afraid of the dark.”
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I bet, five hundred people in Detroit who could very likely kill each other or somebody else in the near future. I don’t know how to prevent homicides.
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“It was probably a German cockroach,” Bryan said, “but it could’ve been a Madeira. They’re both that shiny light brown. They’ll eat anything, soap, paper . . . glue… “

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Sep 11, 2017

“An American cockroach—you roll up a newspaper and try and hit him with it, the American cockroach can take off in fifty-four thousandths of a second.”
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She asked him if he was down here on vacation. He said yes. Was he having a good time? Yes, a very nice time. She said, then what did he want to talk to Walter for and spoil it?
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Bryan had seen it before. A man able to kill other men, but scared to death of his wife.
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See the Eighty-one-derful Chevrolet today! He said to Fay, “What you might say next year—how about, See the Eighty-two-rific Chevrolet today?”
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… he was showing a Saudi’s place to a West German, Christ, middleman in an Arab-Kraut deal and hoped to God he came out of it in one piece.
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… running with his head down, shoulders hunched, the flowery submachine gun at port arms—the way it was done.
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Walter would wake up hungover, the top of his spine like a spike sticking up through his head, …

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Sep 11, 2017

“… I fix veal Oscar you like? He want golabki, pirogies, he wants placki for breakfast. All the time telling me I don’t know how to cook.” “He’s a rustic at heart,”
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“… I don’t know what happened to me. It was like—you really want to know what it was like? It was like dying and going to hell.”
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(If you need any information about the Southern Michigan Prison at Jackson, which has the largest inmate population in the nation, let me know.)
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If you have trouble deciding whether or not to run this great article by Angela Nolan, let me know. I’ll come to N.Y. and hold you out the window by your heels until you decide.
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“I can tell you how people kill each other and sometimes why and you tell me if any of the motives make sense.” She said, “So it doesn’t matter if the reason sounds weird.” He said, “To tell you the truth, killing someone who doesn’t remember your name makes more sense than most.”

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Sep 11, 2017

Book was published in 1981 but could have been written for today's thriller readers with minor updates. Besides the three main men in the description, there was a dame or two to help move the police drama along. While the opening paragraphs grasped my attention, about the first quarter of the book was to introduce the characters before the three men got down to their mayhem and people who were in their way would not end well. Not as good as some other Elmore novels but dare to say that his worst is better than most novels rated 4 of 5 stars on library shelves these days.

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