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Just Play Dead

A book by Dan Gordon

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"Ruthless People" moved to Hawaii

  • Feb 10, 1998
Sun and sand seems incompatible with the nightmare vision of noir, but as Dan Gordon shows in "Just Play Dead" that passion, lust and hate retains their full power, even in Hawaii.Running a fast 227 pages, with narrower margins and larger type than is usually seen, "Just Play Dead" speeds along with the pace of a Hawaiian vacation, and Gordon ties up the schemes a little too hurriedly and throws in some resolutions that were not properly founded. We don't know if Dani Kahane is a good cop, but he is a fascinating character, and before the last page, Gordon pulls one last joker from the deck that promises that the scheming will continue in the sequel. This is a fun read, with scheming and double-crossing in the style of "Ruthless People" and "The Grifters."

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Bill Peschel was born in 1960 in Ohio, and grew up there and in North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in journalism. At The Avalon Hill Game Company … more
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Gordon, a successful screenwriter (Murder in the First) has written a novel destined for the big screen. The only Jewish cop in Hawaii, Dani Kahane still has a crush on Nora Wolfe, the straying wife of Jack, an untrustworthy millionaire. Nora threw Dani over and took up with a blond surfer and failed NFL-star named Chad. Jack, badly strapped for cash, enlists Nora and Chad's aid in faking his death?for the insurance, of course. Jack will appear to have been murdered, and he and Nora can split the insurance money, with Chad as the fall guy. But both Jack and Nora are incredibly devious, and when the inevitable happens, Dani has to sort out the pieces. Despite some interesting plot twists, the characters are so uniformly unpleasant that readers may be rooting for all of them to be done in, even though a sequel is planned. Not an essential purchase.?Dean James, Murder by the Book, Houston, Tex.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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ISBN-10: 0312168764
ISBN-13: 978-0312168766
Author: Dan Gordon
Publisher: St. Martin's Press

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