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Deep pockets, Linda Barnes

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Deep pockets
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Deep pockets
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Linda Barnes
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  • Carlotta Carlyle brings a lot of heft to her Boston private-eye business. Formerly a police detective, on both major-crime and homicide beats, Carlyle applies hard-won street smarts to the job. What makes Carlyle convincing as she narrates her adventures is the lightness with which she carries her background and the wit she applies to her observations of clients and her own situation. (She has a lot in common with Robert B. Parker’s Spenser, in both locale and personality.) In the tenth Carlyle case, a Harvard prof seeks Carlotta’s help when he is blackmailed over an affair he had with a student who subsequently died in a boathouse fire. Carlyle becomes much more interested in the student’s death than the professor’s plight and moves into an examination of Harvard cover-ups of student tragedies. Although the plotting here sometimes seems forced and the narrative rambling, Carlyle remains an intriguing protagonist, and her latest will be of interest to fans of the series and of female private eyes in general. -- Connie Fletcher (BookList, 02-01-2004, p952)
  • In her 10th robust Carlotta Carlyle mystery (after 2002's The Big Dig ), Barnes weaves an intricate web with a pleasingly poisonous spider at its center. African-American Harvard professor Wilson Chaney asks Boston PI Carlotta for help because someone is blackmailing him over his affair with Delani Brinkman, a seductive Harvard rowing star. When Delani turns up dead in a boathouse on the Charles, incinerated on a gasoline-soaked futon, a note left by the victim suggests suicide. But Brinkman herself remains quite the puzzle—a loner who slept with her kayak in her room, then abandoned her dorm to camp in the university boathouse: "Her mother was an American Indian.... Her father was Swiss, but she didn't learn that until much later. She had no brothers and sisters. She never went hungry, but there wasn't much kindness in her life." When Delani's ex-con boyfriend is killed by a hit-run driver on a dark city street, suspicion points back to the urbane Professor Chaney—or does it? Almost every character carries a secret, including Carlotta, who's gingerly resuming her romance with a charming Mafioso. If a couple of red herrings aren't fully explained, Barnes makes superb use of town-gown tensions and the contrasting worlds of Harvard bureaucrats, blue-collar cons, the Brattle Street swells and more. The twists and turns in this nail-biter are at once startling without ever becoming absurd. 3-city author tour. (Mar. 8) --Staff (Reviewed February 23, 2004) (Publishers Weekly, vol 251, issue 8, p54)
  • A black Harvard professor having an affair with a white student hires Carlotta to find his blackmailer, but her investigation uncovers a suspicious death as well. Barnes's tenth Carlotta Carlyle adventure features slick, winning prose and a nifty plot. --Rex E. Klett (Reviewed March 1, 2004) (Library Journal, vol 129, issue 4, p112)
  • /* Starred Review */ A blackmailed Harvard professor calls on shamus Carlotta Carlyle (The Big Dig, 2002, etc.) because he thinks his world is falling apart. If only he knew.Medical/educational researcher Wilson Chaney does know there aren't many academic jobs that would carry anything like his present funding or his present clout, and he's not eager to get fired over the torrid letters he wrote Denali Brinkman, a white freshman, during an affair he insists ended even before her suicide in the Harvard boathouse. How to get the blackmailer peddling those letters off his back? Carlotta soon identifies Denali's boyfriend, ex-con Benjy Dowling, as the perp during an unauthorized visit to his apartment that nets all the letters. Mission accomplished—except it's all so easy that nobody but Carlotta and Chaney will be surprised when the absent Benjy's killed by a hit-and-run driver behind the wheel of Chaney's own car. It's only then that the case starts to assume its true proportions, as Carlotta gradually teases out the tangle of drug trials, fraud, civil suits, and murder that links Chaney, his wealthy and imperious wife, a porous security firm, and the venerable university. But it's not until the last act, just when other cases would be winding down, that this one sends out a shower of fresh sparks that make it bold, powerful, and shattering.No question: Carlotta's tenth case is her best to date. Edgar nominators, take note. (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2004)
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Barnes, Linda
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Series statement
Carlotta Carlyle mysteries
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0010
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  • Carlyle, Carlotta (Fictitious character)
  • Women private investigators
  • College teachers
  • African American college teachers
  • Extortion
  • Cambridge (Mass.)
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Deep pockets, Linda Barnes
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http://www.loc.gov/catdir/description/hol041/2003061006.html
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25 cm
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First edition.
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310 pages
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9780312282714
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2003061006
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Deep pockets, Linda Barnes
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http://www.loc.gov/catdir/description/hol041/2003061006.html
Publication
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
470788
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
310 pages
Isbn
9780312282714
Lccn
2003061006
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780312282714

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