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Bitch Slap

Bitch Slap

A Mark Manning Mystery

Mark Manning Mysteries (Volume 7)

Michael Craft

Minotaur Books

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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 ONE
Vertical Integration
DONE DEAL
Friendly merger of two local firms signals start of new business era




by CHARLES OAKLAND
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"[A] consistently well-crafted cozy series. ... Expect some unconventional plot twists in this tale of a newspaper merger that goes fatally awry. - Publishers Weekly

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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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