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The Mortal Groove

Jane Lawless Mysteries (Volume 15)

Ellen Hart

Minotaur Books

Minneapolis restaurateur and amateur sleuth Jane Lawless is in the middle of ringing in the New Year the best way she knows how—with her family, friends, and some excellent champagne—when the biggest financial backers in Minnesota politics break up the party with a little backroom proposition for her father: How’d he like to be the state’s next governor?

Flattered, Ray Lawless, a retired defense attorney, agrees to run, and the latecomer’s sprint to the state capital is going great until reporters and opponents start digging up the kind of dirt that is more valuable than gold out on the campaign trail. He and his family are fair game, but worse than that, so are the men running his campaign. Their secrets, involving the mysterious death of a young woman, have been buried since the summer they all came home from Vietnam. Unfortunately for Jane and her father, those secrets won’t stay that way for long.

The Mortal Groove, the newest addition to Lambda and Minnesota Book Award--winning author Ellen Hart’s multilayered Jane Lawless series, is a haunting tale of dark secrets that is sure to satisfy.


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Prologue
Three young men in a northern Iowa field. They could be college kids home for the summer or farmhands taking a break on a hot August afternoon, but they aren’t. All three are outwardly good boys. They love their mothers. They don’t swear in front of children. They know how to behave appropriately. But one, though he still has the face of sweet youth, is a time bomb—a bomb that has gone off once already, and threatens to do so again.
Within the last four months, all of these boys, now men, have come home from a tour in Vietnam. One is standing, smoking a joint; the
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“Jane Lawless and her trusty sidekick, Cordelia Thorn, are the most refreshing, entertaining, and cerebrally stimulating duo since Rex Stout’s unbeatable combo of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin.”
--Baltimore Alternative

“Pitting sib against sib in a deadly game, the fourteenth Lawless mystery gets highly dramatic.”
--Booklist on Night Vision

“Hart masterfully whips these intrigues together with her sleuths’ interesting non-mystery lives… to add a fine sauce to a hearty, Minneapolis-flavored mystery dish.”
--Rocky Mountain News on The Iron Girl

“Jane Lawless is back, causing fans of Hart’s long-running series to cheer…. Hart keeps us turning the pages as she cleverly shows past sins contaminating current lives.”
--Booklist on An Intimate Ghost

“Incorporating societal ills torn from the headlines, Hart bares the weaknesses in her well-realized characters as well as their strengths.… [A] spunky page-turner.”
--Publishers Weekly on An Intimate Ghost

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Ellen Hart

  • ELLEN HART, “a top novelist in the cultishly popular gay mystery genre” (Entertainment Weekly), is the author of fourteen previous mysteries featuring Jane Lawless. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

  • Ellen Hart Photo: Amber Procaccini Photography
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Jane Lawless Mysteries

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