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Steal the Show: A Willis Gidney Mystery (Willis Gidney #2)

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George Pelecanos calls Thomas Kaufman “a welcome new voice in Washington, D.C., crime fiction.”

Willis Gidney needs money because he’s found a girl.

No, no, not that kind of girl. This is an abandoned baby girl. Gidney found her on a case. So he hands the girl to the cops, right?

Wrong, because Gidney started life the same way---abandoned. He knows all about D.C.’s juvenile-j
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Minotaur Books
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Michael
Feb 02, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-fiction
Willis Gidney can't stay out of trouble. If there is one thing that is appearent after two novels, Gidney attracts trouble like honey. His supporting cast is back too. Sarah, the baby he rescued last book and his girlfriend Lilly. Life is going good. He has a small office for his PI business. He is finishing up his classes for adapoting Sarah. To top it all off, he's still with Lilly. To bad the good times can't keep going perfect.

First he gets the worst case worker in DC for adopting. He gets r
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Debbi Mack
Mar 07, 2016 Debbi Mack rated it really liked it
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Willis Gidney isn't your average private eye. For one thing, he was raised in the tender loving care of the Washington, D.C. juvenile justice system. Which is to say, he grew up hard and fast.

Incidentally, Gidney is a white man. For good or ill, race plays a significant role. D.C. has a large black population. And it's juvenile justice system is no exception. So Gidney grew up a minority within that system, as well as one within his own hometown.

He's also unmarried and looking to adopt a daughte
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David Marshall
Mar 23, 2012 David Marshall rated it really liked it
This is a nice balance between a character study of a PI who emerged from the foster home system of Washington with the life skills of a criminal but now makes his living more or less legitimately, and an up-and-at-em crime novel. Very entertaining!

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Louis
Dec 28, 2015 Louis rated it really liked it
Willis Gidney's second outing brings him close to a special girl. Not the grown-up kind; this is an abandoned baby girl. Having grown up an orphan, he cannot bring himself to hand her to the authorities. He needs to hire a lawyer and hires on for a computer hacker. This client blackmails him into committing small crimes that leads to murder. The presence of the hacker's father (the head of the movie industry's lobbying arm), a crazy actress and third-world gangs threaten not only Gidney's hoped- ...more
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Feb 08, 2012 Homerun2 rated it liked it
3.5
Interesting, quirky characters. Complex, somewhat disjointed plot; nice, spare style.
Carol
Sep 11, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it
Excellent book. I got this book as a gift and the ladies did good. Book two in the Willis Gidney series. Hope Kaufman will continue with more. Gidney a PI from Washington D.C. is hired and fired and hired again by the head of a motion picture lobby in D.C. He gets himself in trouble with a few local gangs while trying to find those responsible for pirated movies. Gidney is also trying his best to adopt an abandoned child he found while on a case. A snowballs chance, but he gives it his best shot ...more
Diane
This book is probably better than two stars but I lost interest after 7 or 8 chapters and couldn't get it back.
Jeff
Jul 02, 2013 Jeff rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I really enjoy this character and the supporting cast. Well written book, easy going private investigator that doesn't take himself too seriously. I love the pace of the book and that it doesn't have to be intense to be fun.
Virginia S
Jun 10, 2013 Virginia S rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, dc-based
Engaging mystery in which the main character realizes that his hopes and prejudices had been coloring his view of evidence. I thought it very realistic and have liked Willis Gidney since meeting him in Drink the Tea.
Harvey
Sep 15, 2011 Harvey rated it it was ok
2.5

Gidney, a lowbrow PI, takes on a case that became overcomplicated and I lost interest.

The character and premise of the series has appeal but the execution of this was disappointing/unsatisfying.
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