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This is an auction for MURDER BOOK by Richard Rayner.

"An ambitious and dauntingly convoluted noir-derived thriller from the author of THE ELEPHANT and the penitential memoir THE BLUE SUIT. Its protagonist and narrator, Billy McGrath, is a former philosophy student and now head of the LAPD's homicide division. Turned 40, divorced from the woman he still loves (herself a former cop, paralyzed in a shooting incident) and fumbling to be a decent father to his beloved preadolescent daughter, Billy takes very personally his latest case, the brutal torture murder of a local drug dealer's apparently innocent mother ("I thought,'' Billy muses, "that if I could stop something like this from happening even once . . . then being a police officer would be worthwhile''). Not a chance. While compiling documentary evidence for the "murder book'' the department keeps on (aforementioned victim) Mae Richards, Billy uncovers a snake's nest of erotic, political, and more generally criminal intrigue (not excluding his own corruptibility) that acquaints him with an O.J. Simpsonlike celebrity acquitted for his wife's murder, an obstetrician burdened by dubious medical (and other) ethics, and a wonderfully cold- blooded goon named Tookie Cross - and mushrooms into several more ingeniously nauseating killings. It's all highly readable, and quite capably plotted. Furthermore, Billy McGrath is immensely likable in his innate decency and credibly human fallibility."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Very favourable reviews on

Paperback 1997.

357 pages.

Very good condition.

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