By Ed Lynskey
Over the last twenty years, Tommy Mack Zane has faithfully labored as a freelance killer for Watson Ogg, the Washington, D.C. crime boss. Now heart age creeping up unearths Tommy Mack edgy, jaded, and weary of his grisly exchange. As he contemplates retirement, he's framed for the homicide of Mr. Ogg's niece. determined, Tommy Mack enlists the help of his pals, the mercurial D. Noble and burly Esquire to do conflict with Mr. Ogg and his mercenary “dark suits.” a brand new, larger existence jam-packed with his passions for poetry and jazz drives Tommy Mack to the slambang climax the place a couple of darkish secrets and techniques approximately his previous are unearthed. informed in spare, lean prose, Ask the cube is a brisk, literate, and idiosyncratic noir. Mr. Lynskey’s crime novels were praised by way of such luminaries as James Crumley, Ken Bruen, and Megan Abbott. Robert Wade (Wade Miller) wrote within the San Diego Union-Tribune: “A new wave of younger writers is experimenting with the old-style mystery . . . one of the so much promising is Ed Lynskey.”
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Not by the facts, but by his own instincts. Presumed Guilty 55 Logic, evidence, told him that Miranda Wood was the killer. Why did he have such a hard time believing it? The doubts had started a week ago, in that police station hallway. He’d watched the whole interrogation. He’d heard her denials, her lame explanations. He hadn’t been swayed. But when they’d come face-to-face in the hall, and she’d looked him straight in the eye, he’d felt the first stirrings of doubt. Would a murderess meet his gaze so unflinchingly?
His employees, for instance. ” “Yes. ” She let out a deep breath, as though relieved that the most painful part of her confession was finished. ” “I felt more…betrayed. ” “So for a month you walked around mad at Mr. ” “Sometimes. Mostly I felt stupid. And then he wouldn’t 38 Tess Gerritsen leave me alone. ” She looked up sharply. ” “No! ” She was sobbing now, screaming out her denials. The sound of her own voice echoed like some alien cry in that stark box of a room. She dropped her head into her hands and leaned forward on the table.
No more hysterics since that day at the police station. She looked cool and in control, which is how he’d always remembered her from their childhood. Evelyn the ice queen. “There’s the matter of the fingerprints,” said Tibbetts. ” asked Chase. ” “That’s the problem. The knife handle was wiped clean. Now, that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Here’s this crime of passion, see? She uses her own knife. Pure impulse. ” “She must be brighter than you think,” Evelyn said, sniffing. ” asked Chase. “The suspect herself.