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Kiss Her Goodbye (Hard Case Crime)by Allan Guthrie
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When people in Edinburgh want to borrow money, they go to Cooper. When they don't pay it back, they get a visit from Joe Hope. But now Joe's got problems of his own. His teenage daughter is found dead, an apparent suicide. Then the police arrest him for murder. But for once in his life, Joe's innocent — and with help from Scotland's hardest men (and one of Scotland's hardest women), he sets out to find the person who framed him and deliver his own brutal brand of justice.
"Scottish author Guthrie's second novel (after Two-Way Split) lives up to Hard Case's reputation for gritty noir thrillers that pull no punches; as with other books in the series, it can be difficult to find a single likable character. Joe Hope supplies strong-arm for the thuggish Cooper, an Edinburgh loan shark. The two have just come in from a night of breaking bones with baseball bats when Joe learns that his beloved daughter, Gemma, has committed suicide. His anger immediately turns to wife Ruth's cousin Adam, who runs a writer's retreat, to which Gemma moved years earlier. Joe resented seeing his daughter leave home and charged Adam with protecting her. But when Joe goes to exact vengeance on Adam, he finds himself arrested for murder — Ruth's murder. Joe and Adam become unlikely allies as an ugly frameup begins to emerge. Dark, possibly incestuous, secrets haunt the family's past; Adam's revelation of Gemma's diary sheds some light on them, but other secrets remain to be told before the inevitable, brutal showdown. This violent tale contains the sort of coarse language and emotional roughness that fans of this mystery line have come to expect. Forecasts: Praise from Ken Bruen, Ian Rankin, Ed Gorman and Jason Starr for Two-Way Split (shortlisted for a CWA Debut Dagger) plus a major ad and promo campaign bode well for sales." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Stupendous...Kiss Her Goodbye delivers beautifully...pure hardboiled heaven." Crime Scene
"A page-turning countdown to [a] violent explosion...a throwback to pulp fiction's heyday." Giant Magazine
"Kiss Her Goodbye is very well done. Allan Guthrie has a bright — or should I say dark? — future in crime fiction." Bill Pronzini, author of Blue Lonesome
Joe Hope is a loan shark's enforcer in Edinburgh, Scotland. When his teenage daughter dies in what appears to be an apparent suicide, Joe is arrested for her murder. Now with the help from Scotland's hardest men (and one hard woman), Joe sets out to find out who's framed him. Original.
Joe Hope is a loan shark's enforcer. When his wife and young daughter die, he'll stop at nothing to bring down the man responsible.
About the Author
Allan Guthrie's first novel, Two-Way Split, was shortlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger Award and his short stories have appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies. He is also the creator of the Noir Originals website and commissioning editor for both Point Blank Press and the Pulp Originals line of e-books. Guthrie lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, on whose mean streets his books are set.
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