Drink the Tea

A Mystery

Willis Gidney Mysteries (Volume 1)

Thomas Kaufman

Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books

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Willis Gidney is a born liar and rip-off artist, an expert at the scam. Growing up without parents or a home, by age twelve he is a successful young man, running his own small empire, until he meets Shadrack Davies. That’s Captain Shadrack Davies, of the D.C. Police. Davies wants to reform Gidney and becomes his foster father. Though he tries not to, Gidney learns a small amount of ethics from Shad---just enough to bother a kid from the streets for the rest of his life.

 

Now Gidney is a PI, walking those same streets. So it's no surprise that when his closest friend, jazz saxophonist Steps Jackson, asks Gidney to find his missing daughter, Gidney is compelled to say yes---even though she's been missing for twenty-five years. He finds a woman who may be the girl’s mother--and within hours she turns up dead. The police accuse Gidney of the murder and throw him in jail.
           

Maybe Gidney should quit while he’s behind. But when his investigation puts him up against a ruthless multinational corporation, a two-faced congressman, and a young woman desperate to conceal her past, Gidney has no time left for second thoughts. In fact, he may have no time left at all.

 

Thomas Kaufman is a winner of the PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Competition. His debut novel, Drink the Tea, which boasts an original PI and an engaging cast of characters, adds a fresh perspective to the genre.

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"Kaufman's debut ...benefits from brisk development and a flattering, textured portrait of the nation's capital. Wisecracking narrator Gidney is also an appealing spinner of yarns."--Kirkus Reviews
 
 
 
 
 

           


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About the Author

Thomas Kaufman

Thomas Kaufman is an award-winning motion picture director and cameraman. He has twice won the Gordon Parks Award for Cinematography, and an Emmy for his documentary about deaf children, See What I'm SayingDrink the Tea, a winner of the PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Competion, is his first novel. He lives with his wife and two children in Maryland.

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Drink the Tea
A Mystery
Thomas Kaufman

Hardcover

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
March 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312607302
ISBN10: 031260730X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$35.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books
March 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429938716
ISBN10: 1429938714
304 pages
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