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No Man Standing (Munch Mancini #5)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  78 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Against the odds, Munch Mancini pulled herself out of a dead-end life of drugs and booze, transforming into a high-class mechanic, the owner of a fledgling limo business, and a good mother to her daughter. But she hasn't forgotten her old friend Ellen Summers. Munch and Ellen were young and foolish together. But where Munch went straight, Ellen went to prison. Now, one day ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Pocket Books (first published April 30th 2002)
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Carl Brookins
Sep 01, 2014 Carl Brookins rated it really liked it
Boy, can this author write. Hard, restless, muscular prose that drives the story relentlessly forward. Barbara Saranella is in full command of her work. Just as her hero, Munch Mancini is in control of her life—pretty much. She should be. Mancini is an unusual anti-hero—almost. She’s defied parental control, been on the street, run away, done drugs and knows an almost incredible array of those who regularly travel the mean streets of any large city, particularly Los Angeles, where this story tak ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Last Man Standing, by Barbara Seranella, a-minus, Narrated by Paul Boehmer, Produced by audible inc. downloaded from

In this, the fifth Munch Mansini book, Munch’s friend Ellen, (best friend in her teenage years, but whom she lost track of after she went straight) while Ellen ended up still on alcohol and drugs and back in prison, is finally being released. The day before she gets out of prison, Ellen’s mother and stepfather are murdered. Ellen believes it has to do with the fact tha
Jun 09, 2013 Georgia rated it really liked it
This book was a nice surprise! I paid a few cents for it and had it on my shelf for quite a while. I picked it up on Saturday morning and by the end of chapter one I was all in. The mystery/crime novel has a main character that is wonderful - munch a woman mechanic.

If you enjoy crime mysteries you will enjoy this one.

Mar 01, 2013 Ann rated it really liked it
A fast paced, easy reading book. Munch Mancini is once again reluctantly involved with some shady events and characters as a friend she has know for years gets out of prison and falls smack into trouble. People start showing up dead and there is some money floating around that many people want to claim.
Kirsty Darbyshire
Jun 16, 2011 Kirsty Darbyshire rated it liked it
Shelves: paperback
I can't say I was as entralled with Munch in this book as I have been before. I certainly enjoyed it though and I'll keep reading the series. I liked how the mysteries in this book tied back to the story in the previous book so that it seemed like a continuation rather than 'Munch finds herself a whole new set of trouble'.
Mar 14, 2012 Terri rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Re-read from several years ago. Still gritty, raw, and a good story.
Nov 10, 2007 colleen rated it it was ok
read 07.23.07
Mar 09, 2011 Trey rated it really liked it
Munch at it again. wish their were more.
Sonja Randall
Feb 04, 2015 Sonja Randall rated it it was ok
Disappointing, I expected more than what the book offers. No surprises, very predictable.
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Barbara Seranella was born in Santa Monica, California and grew up in Pacific Palisades. After a restless childhood that included running away from home at 14, joining a hippie commune in the Haight, and riding with outlaw motorcycle clubs, she decided to settle down and do something normal so she became an auto mechanic.

She worked at an Arco station in Sherman Oaks for five years and then a Texac
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