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The Barkeep [Kindle Edition]

William Lashner
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Book Description

2015 Edgar Award Nominee

Justin Chase is the perfect barkeep, tending bar as he lives his life, in a state of Zen serenity. At least until Birdie Grackle, a yellow-haired, foul-mouthed alcoholic from Texas, walks into his bar, orders a Mojito, and makes a startling confession.

Six years ago Justin’s life was ripped apart when he discovered his mother’s bludgeoned corpse in the foyer of the family home. Now Justin’s father is serving a life sentence and Justin, after a stint in an asylum, drowns his emotions in a pool of inner peace. But when Birdie Grackle claims to be the hit man who murdered Justin’s mother for the money, Justin is hurled back to the emotions, the past, and, most frightening of all, the father he tried to leave behind.

Who hired Birdie Grackle to kill Justin’s mother? Was it Annie Overmeyer, the sexy young woman with whom Justin’s father had been having an affair? Was it Justin’s brother, who took advantage of his father’s conviction to take control of the family business? Was it someone from his mother’s secret life, the shocking details of which Justin is only learning now? Or was it maybe his imprisoned father, to whom Justin is suddenly growing dangerously close? For all of Justin’s efforts to banish emotion and attachment from his life, this searing journey into his past affects him in ways he could never have anticipated.

As Justin pieces together the truth, a merciless killing machine begins stalking him, leaving a trail of dead in his wake. Someone wants to bury the truth, and maybe Justin, too. As the terror closes in, Justin had better find some answers quick, because the stakes have been raised—his life is on the line and murder is just not Zen.

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About the Author

William Lashner is the New York Times bestselling creator of Victor Carl, a character Booklist called “one of the mystery novel’s most compelling, most morally ambiguous characters.” The eight Victor Carl novels, which include A Killer’s Kiss, Marked Man, Falls the Shadow, Past Due, Fatal Flaw, Bitter Truth, and Hostile Witness, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and are sold all over the world. He is also the author of the bestselling thrillers The Accounting and Blood and Bone, as well as the novel Kockroach, which he published under the pseudonym Tyler Knox. Before leaving his job to write full-time, Lashner was a criminal prosecutor with the Department of Justice in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of NYU’s School of Law and the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives outside Philadelphia with his wife and three children and his dog, Chase Muttley.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2790 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (1 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C4ZW9HG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,585 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The drinks are on Lashner 13 Aug. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The title and cover of this book would not normally attract me, but I'm so glad I stumbled across it. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read and left me wanting more. The story maintains pace throughout and the characters were believable and interesting.

Often towards the end of a book I find I'm reading just to get to the end, but not with this one, I found the opposite to be true.

I also loved the fact that each chapter was named after a drink.

If you don't think this book is for you, think again.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Barkeep 21 Feb. 2014
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Brilliant read. Hope there's a follow-up book. Would recommend this to anyone interested in twists and turns. I did get to the real murderer near the end off the story. It didn't spoil the climax at all, and although I don't drink the cocktail mixes sounded pretty tempting. Well done Mr Slasher hope the hangover wasn't too painful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric Novel 2 Oct. 2014
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This was an unusual, engaging suspenseful read. Very character driven and some fabulous observational (very dry!) humour. Equally dry were some of the cocktails. If you're a crime/thriller reader looking for something a bit different, this is it.
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By runjim
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Second Will Lashner book i've read and i find them easy to read with good plot's and characters. This one really did keep me intrested until the the end. A good read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Did Not Like At All 7 Nov. 2014
By TrishB
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I could not get on with this book at all, and unusual for me after a couple of chapters consigned to my cloud.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 10 Aug. 2014
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A different story line and clever plot, kept me reading to the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE BARKEEP 17 Oct. 2014
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A very good read. Gets more interesting as it goes along.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 Nov. 2014
By alangom
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Good entertaining holiday read.
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