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The Last Dance Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Apr 2001

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd; Large Print edition edition (1 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708943756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708943755
  • Package Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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ByChanticleer Book Reviewson December 29, 2014 Format: Kindle Edition Lonna Enox's "The Last Dance" is a twisty mystery set in small town Saddle Gap, New Mexico. When Sorrel Janes inherits an aunt's house and art gallery in Saddle Gap, she decides to flee her big city secrets and start fresh. But this doesn't turn out to be as simple as it sounds-when a young woman is murdered just outside the town bar, Sorrel becomes an important witness after her first night in town. Even as Sorrel works to renovate the gallery in time for a Memorial Day opening, complications begin to pile up. Originally intending to work as a local interest photographer, she starts her new career by getting called to yet another crime scene. It seems that murders are thick on the ground in this supposedly placid community. As the reader gradually discovers the secrets of Sorrel's past, her skittish nature begins to seem more reasonable. An up-and-coming television crime reporter in Houston, Sorrel dealt with the less savory elements of society without fear. One day, however, she came home to discover her husband had been murdered. Out of fear that his death may be related to her career, she goes into hiding, assuming a new identity and a new life. With help from a friendly local woman who seems to be related to half the town, Sorrel begins to rebuild a life. Her attempts at normalcy are hampered by local sheriff, Chris Reed, who is both dangerously attractive and persistent in pursuing Sorrel as a suspect in the first murder. Even as their relationship progresses, Sorrel cannot trust that his intentions are genuine. A series of petty crimes on Sorrel's property as well as her job at the newspaper draw Sorrel deeper into the developing mystery. Has her past followed her to Saddle Gap? Determined not to run from a life she is beginning to discover she wanted all along, Sorrel resolves to stand her ground even in the face of turmoil. She is aided by guidance from her former photography professor John, her only remaining connection to her former life. Charming secondary characters and the antics of Sorrel's cat Flash add color and depth to the narrative, enhancing the small town feel. While the quick ending may disappoint some readers looking for a more complex mystery, Enox has a deft hand with atmosphere and characterization. This is the first in a new series of mysteries featuring Saddle Gap, and readers will find it a comfortable place to revisit. "The Last Dance" by Lonna Enox was awarded Best Debut Novel in the CLUE Awards for Mystery/Suspense/Thriller Fiction 2013, a division of Chanticleer Blue Ribbon Writing Competitions. J Thomas; If you are tired of books where the female protagonist falls into bed immediately with the good-looking man who acts like a jerk, this is the book for you. Sorrel is a positive role-model, who does not cuss or get drunk. She is tough, but tender; the kind of woman you would want for a friend. No graphic violence or gratuitous sex makes this a book you can read and feel refreshed. The mystery is well thought out and develops in an interesting way. The background line is realistic in a way that you can picture it in your head. You might even find yourself wanting to move into this tight-knit community and you will surely want to try out the red enchilada recipe at the end of the book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The fiftieth novel in the 87th Precinct series is a gritty, witty tour-de force combining violence, fear and treachery with Ed McBain's inimitable leavening of laughter and selfless heroism. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By John Austin HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Dec. 2002
Format: Paperback
The premise on which this crime novel is based is stated by one of the investigating officers. "When a stage musical is likely to make millions, there's always somebody who makes a claim of plagiarism." So Carella and his 87th Precinct fellow officers investigate several crimes here, and work their way through a large list of suspects whose motivation might be linked to the forthcoming production of a stage musical.
You'll find the usual McBain mix here: vivid description, tight dialogue, frequent changes of location. You'll never find a dull sentence, or a lifeless piece of dialogue. It was published in the year 2000. If the drama sags slightly and the imaginative force is not as strong as the punch that hits you in some of the earlier McBain crime novels, bear in mind that this is the fiftieth time McBain has worked with this highly successful formula.
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This is Ed McBain at his 87th Precinct best. It reads with the freshness of his early novels, but by allowing the core characters to age gracefully you can be forgiven for forgetting that this series was started nearly 50 years ago. The plot has the usual twists and turns, and the sub-story of the lives of Carella, Meyer, Brown et al, brings a realism often missing from long-running series. Whether you are a confirmed McBain fan (like me) or reading this as your first foray into the 87th Precinct, you won't be disappointed.
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