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HUNTING SWEETIE ROSE

by Jack Fredrickson

Shamus Award nominee for
Best Hardcover Crime of 2012


"Jack Fredrickson is one hell of a writer. This is a book that satisfies on every level ." - William Kent Krueger



Hardcover:
336 pages
Publisher: Minotaur books
(February 28, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312605269
ISBN-13:
978-0312605261

 

Sweetie Fairbairn. Doyenne of Chicago society, known for big-hearted philanthropy and magnificent soirees in a penthouse high atop one of the city's premier boutique hotels.

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A clown. Not known for much beyond blue polka-dots and a big red nose. And going off another roof, in the city's factory district. A suicide. Or a victim.

And Dek Elstrom. Known to hate not knowing, hired by a big man with a fat wallet and a long limousine, to investigate the death of the clown, and to ask any question except one:

Did Sweetie Fairbairn ever exist at all?

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EXCITING NEWS:

Hunting Sweetie Rose is now available in mass market paperback direct from Worldwide Mystery / Harlequin.

 


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More reviews for Hunting Sweetie Rose:

"Fast, funny and wonderfully plotted, Jack Fredrickson's latest, Hunting Sweetie Rose, is a great read and one that shouldn't be missed. "  
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Michael Harvey, author of The Third Rail

 
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HONESTLY DEAREST,
YOU'RE DEAD

by Jack Fredrickson

A Mystery Guild selection

Honestly Dearest, You're Dead is another clear winner for Fredrickson - Nancy Pearl, National Public Radio - A March 2009 Pearl's Pick

 

"...quirky, affecting...his eccentric first-person slant on things makes Elstrom good company, and his exploration of his client's and his own bittersweet histories makes this poignant thriller something quite out of the ordinary." - Tom Nolan, February 7, 2009



A private eye is expected to be whip-smart and tough as nails, but if the guy isn't likable, he's D.O.A. as a genre hero. So it's nice to note that Vlodek Elstrom (known as Dek), a shamus from a tumbledown town in northern Illinois who was introduced by Jack Fredrickson in “A Safe Place for Dying,” has lost none of his initial appeal in its sequel, HONESTLY DEAREST, YOU'RE DEAD (Thomas Dunne / St. Martin's Minotaur, $24.95). With his rich back story as a disgraced and discredited (and subsequently divorced) investigator, Dek has plenty of baggage to haul around. Not to mention endearing quirks like setting up shop in a stone turret (the only part of his grandfather's mansion that was ever completed) or a misanthropic loathing of the chain stores that are devouring the American landscape. (“Someday, they'll move all the Starbucks inside the Wal-Marts,” he predicts, “and that will mark the last time mankind will see the sun.”) But none of this drollery interferes with his investigation into the mystery of why an unknown woman named him executor of her estate, or why she died in such a brutal manner. Although Dek can be a cutup, his explanation for his obsessive search for the truth — “It was about respect” — reveals the bedrock of decency that makes him a seriously good guy. - Marilyn Stasio, January 25, 2009

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: A Thomas Dunne book for
St. Martin's Minotaur
(January 20, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN: 0312380925





A lawyer calls Dek with a fast, seven-hundred dollar proposition. A dead client named Dek to execute her will. No matter that Dek didn't know the woman. No matter, too, that the woman's estate was only worth a few hundred. Happens all the time, the lawyer said.

To Dek Elstrom, broke and huddling in a cold stone turret in the middle of February, the sound of seven hundred falling down his chimney is louder than his voice of reason. He agrees, heads up to a hamlet ten miles north of nowhere. But instead of finding an easy-to-close estate, he finds blood and the markers of a shattered life. And something worse: links to the darkest part of his own past. He races to chase down leads to the killer, and his own ghost…before the dead woman is killed again.

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EXCITING NEWS:

Honestly Dearest, You're Dead is coming to mass market paperback direct from Worldwide Mystery / Harlequin.

 

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More reviews for Honestly Dearest, You're Dead:

"Fredrickson delivers on the promise of A Safe Place for Dying (2006), a Shamus Award finalist, with this fine follow-up. . . Fredrickson's light touch, nicely drawn secondary characters and clever plotting make this a promising series with enough substance to make a meal, not just a snack." - Publishers Weekly

"The prose is polished, the plotting deft and dotted with sneaky surprises. And Dek, likable in his debut ( A Safe Place for Dying, 2006), is even more engaging here."  - Kirkus Review

"Fredrickson's wonderfully convoluted plot is populated with a cast of believable characters, but he finds his greatest achievement in his sleuth, who makes mistakes and admits them, gets caught in a trap he sets himself, but in the end triumphs. For all mystery collections. " - Library Journal - (Starred Review)

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A SAFE PLACE FOR DYING

by Jack Fredrickson

SHAMUS AWARD NOMINEE for

BEST FIRST NOVEL!


"Smartly plotted, briskly paced and laced with humor, this accomplished first marks Fredrickson as a mystery writer to watch."
- Publishers Weekly - (Starred Review)

"In this taut mystery, Fredrickson takes readers into the world of Chicago's wealthiest citizens . . . Written in a humorous style similar to that of Florida writer Lawrence Shames and featuring an Elmore Leonard-like eye for detail, this is a promising new series." - Library Journal

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: A Thomas Dunne book for
St. Martin's Minotaur
(November 14, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN: 0312351682

A strange letter arrives at Crystal Waters, one of Chicago's wealthiest gated communities. It reads likes extortion, but threatens nothing specific, gives no instructions, demands only that $50,000 be gotten ready -- chump change for an enclave where the cheapest house is worth three million. It's easy to see it as the sort of rant that sometimes shows up in the mail of rich people -- harmless, a note from a nut.

A Safe Place for Dying

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But then a mansion explodes.

The homeowners panic, want it hushed. If word gets out that a bomb-planting extortionist is targeting Crystal Waters, their homes will become worthless overnight, sure catastrophe to people who've borrowed too heavily to live the good life. Publicly, they pass the explosions off as a gas leak. Privately, they instruct the Bohemian, their shadowy retainer, to hire Dek Elstrom to investigate.
Dek Elstrom used to soar high, lived with his multi-millionaire wife at Crystal Waters. That was before his reputation got trashed and his business got ruined. And before his wife threw him out. Now bankrupt of everything but attitude and a lingering love for his ex-wife, he's living in a gamy tank town just west of the city, trying to rehab a stone turret. And his life.He takes the case, quickly learns that the letter is old, written decades before. Learns that the explosives were old, too, last manufactured for use in Vietnam. He probes deeper, discovers something else that's old: Secrets, long buried by the homeowners at Crystal Waters.Another bomb goes off. As Dek races to stop the explosions, the profile of the bomber becomes clear: An angry man. A ruined man, with nothing to lose. A man who intimately knows Crystal Waters. Motive, means, opportunity.

Dek Elstrom is his own best suspect.

 

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"Very cleverly written, intelligent and funny, Mr. Fredrickson's novel is filled with smart dialogue and appealingly skewed characters
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"With a first-rate plot, snappy dialogue, a keen sense of humor and a wealth of Chicago color, Fredrickson fashions a fun novel and establishes himself as an author to watch." - Richmond Times-Dispatch

" . . . expressive prose and an ingratiating protagonist with wit, style and courage. First of a series that could become quite good." - Kirkus Reviews

"Fredrickson has created an engaging new detective in this funny, hard-boiled story that will appeal to readers who enjoy Robert B. Parker's Spenser." - Booklist

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