Bitch Slap

A Mark Manning Mystery

Mark Manning Mysteries (Volume 7)

Michael Craft

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Journalist Mark Manning has been successfully running his family's newspaper, The Dumont Daily Register, for several years now, and he sits on the board of two local companies, Quatro Press and Ashton Mills. So when the respective CEOs of these companies discuss a merger, it is only natural that Manning be interested in the proceedings. What's more, Manning's lover Neil, an architect, is designing a new house for Ashton's CEO, Gillian Reece.

Reece is a business friend of Manning but not a friend to many else; she is generally considered overly aggressive and fastidious. When Manning assigns Glee Savage, the newspaper's society reporter, to cover Reece's new home, the subsequent meeting between the two does not end well: Savage huffs off in a fury but not beforae ferociously bitch slapping Reece in front of everyone. With Reece's cheek still smarting, more bad news comes as the accountant performing due diligence for the merger reports some very questionable items regarding Ashton's books.

It seems as though things couldn't go much worse for the unpleasant Reece. That is, until she is murdered. The discovery of her body is greeted with great surprise, but perhaps not much regret on the part of most who knew her. Still, with Manning's friend and employee Glee Savage as the obvious and primary suspect, he cannot resist wading in to this most unsound of business dealings.

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Bitch Slap
PART ONEVertical IntegrationDONE DEALFriendly merger of two local firms signals start of new business era 
 
by CHARLES OAKLANDStaff Reporter, Dumont Daily Register 
 
OCT. 20, DUMONT, WI--Citing the need to trim production costs through the vertical integration of resources and management skills, Dumont County's two largest corporations have entered an agreement to combine forces in "a friendly merger of equals," according to a joint statement issued by both CEOs.Quatro Press, founded nearly 50 years ago by Dumont's Quatrain family, has grown to become

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Michael Craft

Michael Craft is the author of eleven published novels. The previous three installments of his Mark Manning mystery series-Name Games, Boy Toy, and Hot Spot-were honored as national finalists for Lambda Literary Awards. Craft and his partner reside in Wisconsin, which is the setting for the Mark Manning novels. They have a second home in the Palm Springs area of California, which provides the backdrop for Craft's other series featuring theater director Claire Gray.

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Bitch Slap
A Mark Manning Mystery
Michael Craft

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
July 2005
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ISBN: 9780312342708
ISBN10: 0312342705
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
$17.99

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Minotaur Books
July 2005
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ISBN: 9781466828704
ISBN10: 1466828706
256 pages
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