Five Stars, Oct 2004, 25.95, 236 pp.
Lizzie dumps Nash Hansen by phone. Upset, the Chicago Daily reporter agrees with his fellow unattached peer Jerry Povaric that women stink. When he shoots up Lizzie's gifts and other paraphernalia Nash accidentally injures a squirrel. Feeling guilty, he takes the injured animal to a vet where he meets Dr. Sam and asks her out on a date. Reluctantly Samantha Parker agrees.
Nash is reporting on the National Electronics Exhibition when the corpse of a homeless person is found. As he reports and investigates the homicide over the objection of business manager Gil Francis, Jerry makes inquires into a dead person allegedly murdered by a homeless person at O'Hare. As their cases converge, the two intrepid journalists must overcome their book editor, the Feds looking into a KGB link, and killers who want Nash to star in the headlines as a corpse.
The second Nash journalistic investigative tale (see NASH, RAMBLER) is a fun who-done-it as Nash and Jerry alienate everyone they run into including his newest girlfriend. The fast-paced story line brings Chicago to life. Nash remains a solid protagonist while Jerry adds depth to the inquiries.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner
The second Nash Hansen mystery finds the investigative reporter fresh out of college and a not-so-rising star for a Chicago daily newspaper. But the discovery of a murdered homeless man leads Nash into what could be the story of his career, a mystery involving a brutal ex-KGB official with a taste for the good life and a corrupt defense contractor who just might have a taste for killing. Can Nash evade the crosshairs long enough to meet his deadline? 190 pages, $2. This MightyWords.com recommended novel was the subject of features in Fiction Writer and newspapers in California, Illinois and Missouri. (The first Nash Hansen mystery--Nash, Rambler--is also available at MightyWords.)
This report prepared by Frank Sennett