Nick Valentine has problems. He's a drunken ex-cop who lives in his shabby office, hangs out at strip clubs, and has only one real friend—Frank Sinatra. But he's one of the best private investigators in Saint Louis. So when an inept crew robs a credit union, only Valentine can figure out who made off with the millions—because sometimes solving a crime takes a hard guy who's not afraid to work outside the law. Valentine swerves through the underbelly of Saint Louis looking for answers, and with every law he breaks, every drink he takes, and every OxyContin he snorts, he lurches closer to finding the truth—or floating facedown in the Missouri River.
Brutally funny and wild, this no-holds-barred crime novel reads like Elmore Leonard on meth: crazy and addictive—you'll want more.
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“Nick Valentine, the boozing, pill-popping hero of this insanely dark, grotesquely funny noir is himself a relative concept…It doesn’t hurt that he’s in the habit of walking into a bar and ordering a shot of Patrón, a shot of Jim Beam, a Corona, and a Captain ’n’ Coke—all for himself. That’s not a first round for everyone, but for those who can hold their liquor, this is a debut thriller to savor.”
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