Steal the Show: A Willis Gidney Mystery
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Steal the Show: A Willis Gidney Mystery

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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...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Minotaur Books
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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...more
Debbi Mack
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...more
David Marshall
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!
Interesting, quirky characters. Complex, somewhat disjointed plot; nice, spare style.
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
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.

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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