Zen and The Art of Murder

A Zen Moses Mystery

Zen Moses Mysteries (Volume 1)

Elizabeth M. Cosin

Minotaur Books

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To live and die in L.A.

Zen Moses is either having a bad day or bad karma. Her cat is dead. The IRS wants to talk to her. And she just found her long-lost cousin's body bound to a beer keg at her favorite neighborhood bar. It's enough to drive even a tough private investigator to drink, smoke a good cigar, and find a firm male shoulder to cry on.

But cynical, wise-cracking Zen is both a loner and survivor. At thirty-three she's already beat a bout with cancer-- and soon she's being offered big bucks to find a talk-show celebrity's missing father. It seems like an easy job until Zen finds out she's just one step ahead of a hit man. Now Zen's professional and private lives are converging into a world of murder and gunplay...and the sound of one hand clapping may end up being bang bang.

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ONEIt rained the day I said good-bye to my best friend; the kind of storm that was packaged in a San Francisco-like cold front. December in Santa Monica could blow in from the Pacific like the draft from a meat locker.Perfect funeral weather.Even posh Montana Avenue was dulled. The shops had lost their hard-fought elegance, and darkened and drowned by the weather, they melded into the worn sky like so many strip shopping malls.I kept my gaze downward as I stepped out of my Alfa. I was clutching a dark-red-and-brown vase—K-Mart Dynasty circa 1994—and trying to stay dry.

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"A fine, funny, and suspenseful first novel."-- James W. Hall, author of Gone Wild and Body Language

"Here's the deal with Elizabeth Cosin's Zen and the Art of Murder. It will knock your socks off."-- Robert Crais, author of L.A. Requiem and Indigo Slam

"A lark from top to bottom, the writing juicy and tight all through...Zen has seldom been more fun, more violent, and more irreverent."-- Washington Post Book World

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Elizabeth M. Cosin

Elizabeth M. Cosin is a former journalist who now writes for television in Los Angeles. Zen and the Art of Murder is her first novel.

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Zen and The Art of Murder
A Zen Moses Mystery
Elizabeth M. Cosin

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
September 1998
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ISBN: 9781429972512
ISBN10: 1429972513
288 pages
$7.99
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