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Bitch Slap (Mark Manning Mystery #7)

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Journalist Mark Manning has been successfully running his family's newspaper, The Dumont Daily Register, for several years now, and he sits on the board of two local companies, Quatro Press and Ashton Mills. So when the respective CEOs of these companies discuss a merger, it is only natural that Manning be interested in the proceedings. What's more, Manning's lover Neil, a ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Minotaur Books (first published August 1st 2004)
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Charles
Oct 21, 2014 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this is, hands-down, the best novel of the entire series! A page-turner from the first chapter, this most intriguing murder mystery ends the Manning series on a wonderfully high note....and is the best-written of the seven novels.

I have to admit that, at 78%, I was reading as fast as I could, and didn't stop until I finished.....with some disappointment. What I had initially found to be a wonderful twist seemed to be drrraagged-out over too many pages, while hammering a character trait of
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Tom
Feb 16, 2016 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually read these kinds of books but I liked the atmosphere. The mystery was kind of silly, actually not even existent.
Tal
Nov 10, 2015 Tal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purchased, mm-mystery
So relieved Mark & Neil's relationship survived. It was nice to see Mark finally get that stick out of his ass too. All and all a decent ending although I did miss some of the supporting characters the other books introduced. I guess it was fitting that the series ended as it began, with the focus on Mark and Neil.
Ulysses Dietz
Nov 21, 2014 Ulysses Dietz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last of the Mark Manning books places our fastidious journalist/detective between a rock and a hard place. No stranger to having people he cares about suspected of murder, Mark's humanity is pitted against his sometimes inflexible sense of propriety.

As with the entire series of memorable murder mysteries by Michael Craft, the story is as much about Mark and his relationship with Neil as it is about the murder at hand. There is no grand finale to the Manning books at the end of "Bitch Slap,"
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Eric L Aust
Jun 05, 2016 Eric L Aust rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bittersweet

I could have wished for a different ending, and I also tend to think in right and wrong. Makes it hard t decide right now if their is a moral to take to Hart.

But I loved the richness of the plots and characters of the Mark Manning series every last one is worth reading, he has a knack of creating small inconsequential bits of character developments in each story that allows you to feel that Mark Manning at least is a real person that can be flawed.

I like also that it provides some gui
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William Freeman
It was okay nothing nothing special
Elliott
May 04, 2013 Elliott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was a good fast read
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Michael Craft is the author of more than a dozen novels and three stage plays. He is best known as the author of the popular Mark Manning series, set in the Midwest, as well as the Claire Gray series, which takes place in Palm Springs, California. Three of Craft’s novels have been honored as national finalists for Lambda Literary Awards. His latest latest novel, Inside Dumont, is a collection of l ...more
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