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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (58 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Wiley Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Joseph Kozmarski Series Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781470802639
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In his impressive and confident debut, Michael Wiley delivers a thrilling tale about how greed and revenge play out on the streets of Chicago.

Private eye Joe Kozmarski has just been asked to clear his childhood friend Bob Piedras of murder. Bob’s latest girlfriend, a young Vietnamese American beauty, has turned up dead in an airport hotel. No one is very surprised; she had a taste for hard liquor, drugs, and stripping in front of a camera. And Bob has a history of violence. But Bob’s boss, retired judge Peter Rifkin, is convinced Bob is innocent and thinks Joe is the one to find the real killer.

But Joe’s life is complicated. He hasn’t spoken to Rifkin for fifteen years—ever since his father, now dead, found out that the judge had double-crossed him. The dead woman’s brothers, a pair of tough guys, are bent on being the first to find and punish her murderer. On top of that, Joe and his wife have separated, and his mother has dropped his eleven-year-old nephew on him. But the more obstacles Joe encounters, the more determined he becomes to see this case through.

With its vividly realized characters and page-turning storyline, The Last Striptease won the 2006 St. Martin’s Press / Private Eye Writers of America contest, which has accomplished its mission of finding amazing new talent in what has become a long tradition of excellent crime fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A stylish and savvy page-turner of a noir-nuanced thriller…A riveting debut.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “This delightful debut is a hoot from beginning to end. Wiley is another writer to watch.”

    Toronto Globe and Mail

  • “Wiley’s first novel is loaded with action, starting with a murder in the opening scene. The body count is impressive, yet there’s more to Striptease than wall-to-wall plot.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “If Michael Wiley’s goal was to write a murder mystery that would keep readers up past their bedtime, he has succeeded. Wiley has turned out a first novel that has an absorbing plot and believable characters. The writing…is strong and seamless.”

    Florida Times-Union

  • “[A] fast-paced debut…A wonderfully flawed everyman, Joe is unable to learn from past mistakes and constantly making new ones. Readers will applaud his efforts and hard-won small victories as he plods bravely forward in this entertaining read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A 2008 Shamus Award Nominee for Best First Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 3/22/2013

    " Decent debut of another series featuring a former cop turned PI in Chicago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karyl | 2/27/2013

    " I am just starting this book, but i think I'll be glad to write a greater review later. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 12/7/2012

    " Set in modern times, but reminiscent of some of the noir mysteries, this was a pretty good first mystery novel with plenty of twists and some interesting characters. I'll be interested to see if Mr. Wiley continues these characters in his new book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordan McPeek | 11/17/2012

    " Kinda tired of PI novels, yet this one worked for me. Tricky enough plot to keep me interested without guessing the outcome, and I wasn't bored by the bits of our hero's personal life. Lean straightforward prose helped, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russeller | 12/13/2011

    " An okay read. Some super cheesy parts and too predictable. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Wiley

Michael Wiley is the author of The Last Striptease, which won the St. Martin’s Press / Private Eye Writers of America contest for best first unpublished private eye novel in 2006 and was nominated for a Shamus Award in 2008. He grew up in Chicago and has lived and worked in the neighborhoods and streets where he sets his Kozmarski mysteries. As part of this other life, Wiley has published books on Romantic geography and Romantic migrations. He lives with his family in Florida, where he teaches literature at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

About the Narrator

Johnny Heller, winner of dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards, is a two-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration and was named a top voice of 2008 and 2009 and selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the Twentieth Century by AudioFile magazine. He has been a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award winner from 2008 through 2013.