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Steal the Show

A Willis Gidney Mystery

Willis Gidney Mysteries

Thomas Kaufman

Minotaur Books

George Pelecanos calls Thomas Kaufman “a welcome new voice in Washington, D.C., crime fiction.” 

Willis Gidney needs money because he’s found a girl.
 
No, no, not that kind of girl. This is an abandoned baby girl. Gidney found her on a case. So he hands the girl to the cops, right?
 
Wrong, because Gidney started life the same way---abandoned. He knows all about D.C.’s juvenile-justice system, having barely survived it himself. That makes it hard to give up the girl. Too bad that unmarried private eyes aren’t usually thought of as ideal parents. So now Gidney needs a lawyer, and that means money.
 
Enter Rush Gemelli, a code-writing hacker who pays Gidney to commit a felony. Just a small one. Nothing serious, really, but you know how these things can snowball. Gidney thinks this is a onetime venture, but Gemelli has other ideas. He blackmails Gidney into joining up with his father, Chuck, the head of the motion picture lobby in D.C. And when Chuck’s former partner is murdered, it looks like someone may be playing Gidney.

Add to that the unwanted attentions of a crazed actress, the D.C. case worker from hell, and the Vietnamese and Salvadoran gangs out to kill him, and it’s all Gidney can do to keep from getting his movie ticket punched--permanently.

A unique hero, a quirky cast, and a riveting mystery make Steal the Show a winner.

 


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CHAPTER 1
 

The day Rush Gemelli came into my office, I hadn’t had a job in weeks.
Back then I worked out of the second floor of a two-story building on F Street. The first floor held a wig and corset shop. The rent was cheap because the building would be gone inside a year. Just about every building on the block was making way for more Gap stores and Starbucks. Looking out across Ninth Street toward the Smithsonian American Art Museum, I wondered if they would also have to move. You could fit a pretty big Starbucks there.
The museum had a sculpture out front that was
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Praise for Steal the Show

"Hard-boiled PI fans will find a lot to savor in Kaufman's sequel...the flawed but humane lead and the rock-solid writing."--Publishers Weekly

"Kaufman packs Gidney's second caper (Drink the Tea, 2010) with familiar elements, but keeps the twists and one-liners coming."--Kirkus Reviews

"Steal the Show is both a very typical PI-type crime novel and yet a very atypical one as well. It's an interesting mix, but an immensely satisfying one."--Mysterious Reviews

"Through Willis Gidney, Kaufman offers us one of the most compelling Private Eyes in mysteries today."--Examiner.com

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STEAL THE SHOW by Thomas KaufmanKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of STEAL THE SHOW . A wisecracking D.C. P.I. skirts the law in order to save his would-be daughter.
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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 received an Emmy for his documentary about deaf children, See What I'm Saying. His first novel, Drink the Tea, won the PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Competition. He lives with his wife and two children in Maryland.
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Steal the Show

A Willis Gidney Mystery

Willis Gidney Mysteries

Thomas Kaufman

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