By Don Winslow
Sometime pupil and ever-reluctant detective Neal Carey could otherwise be completing a lifeless doctoral thesis than staring down the nostril of a loaded gun-- yet his new project does not sound harmful. All he is acquired to do is pull off the last word makeover: flip Polly Paget-- a gum-chewing, foul-mouthed, big-haried broad-- right into a excellent woman in time to testify in a rape case opposed to Jack Landis, head of the kinfolk Cable community and America's so much cherished family members guy. yet Polly is not cooperating, and everyone-- together with a former FBI agent, and an obsessive-compulsive hitman, the Mafia, a porn prince, and a slew of tabloid reporters-- is on her path turning Neal's "simple" project right into a lethal video game of duck-duck-goose.
In a hellish and hilarious escapade that takes him from the deserts of Nevada to the brilliant lighting fixtures of Las Vegas, and eventually to a hair-raising climax in a shoddily equipped amusment park, Neal attempts to flee the mob's large weapons whereas taking a slippery stroll up the world's greatest water slide.
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The Family Cable Network will go on. Candyland will be built! Wild applause … audience members wept unashamedly. It was beautiful. Then Polly’s idiot lawyer held a press conference. Polly made a statement. She looked awful on camera and sounded worse. The good gentlemen and ladies of the press shredded her during the Q and A. She came across as a hard, cold, calculating … bimbo. It was awful. That, Graham told Neal, was when the minority owner called Ethan Kitteredge at the bank. Kitteredge paid off Polly’s lawyer, brought in a new firm, and arranged for Polly Paget to drop out of sight.
Perhaps not for long, dear,” Candy said calmly. “If these numbers don’t turn around, Peter Hathaway might be chairman of the board soon. ” Jack yelled. “What are you, Miss Percentage today? ” “Maybe you want to bring her on the show,” Jack said. ” Jack Landis stared down at the Alamo. Christ, he thought, I know how those poor bastards must have felt. And what if it ain’t Hathaway who has Polly? What if it’s the Justice Department? ” Goddamn, that ancient capon Mike Wallace would just love to spend a few of those sixty minutes with Polly Paget.
Sammy sighed. ” “Unhand me, sir,” Withers said. Chick let go of his arm. Withers took a hit of the Jameson’s, then reached down and picked up the briefcase. He turned on the stool so his back was to the bookie and his goon and dialed the combination. Then he opened the briefcase and set it on the bar. Sammy Black’s eyes got big the way they always did when he saw a lot of cash. Then he got mad. ” he asked with the righteous indignation of a wronged spouse. “Walter, you munt, I carry you all this time and you get well with someone else?
A Long Walk Up the Waterslide: A Neal Carey Mystery by Don Winslow