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Fat Tuesday by Earl Emerson
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Feb 04, 12

bookshelves: crime-fiction-mystery-thriller, reviewed
Recommended for: Crime Fiction fans
Read in October, 2011

Not the best that Emerson is capable of. The Seattle-based story jumps around and there are more sub-plots than necessary for an interesting book. Maybe he decided to unload a bunch of ideas he's been carrying in his head and do it all in one book.

That said, I still enjoyed the novel and plan to continue to read his other offerings.

Thomas Black, the main protagonist and his long-time good friend Kathy Birchfield, a lawyer, are asked to investigate a situation in which Fred Pugsley, a bike enthusiast, is sent a dead rattlesnake. When they get to Pugsley's house, they find him dead in a pool of his own blood and his wife in shock. He was murdered with a sprocket tightener, which has his wife's fingerprints on it. She prtests that she's innocent and as the investigation unfolds, Black and Birchfield uncover many possible suspects.

Turns out Pugsley was pretty much a hound dog and loved to chase and seduce women, especially those who were married or otherwise attached. He also had gotten rid of his business partner, Eric Castle, who was accused of child molesting. Black, in particular, gets into multiple dangerous situations with a heavy duty motorcycle Mama, a wild 3000 lb. bull and an unknown assailant on the Space Needle.

All of this is happening as Seattle celebrates it's version of Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, which makes for an interesting ambiance for the story. I forgot to mention that this book has more humor than his others and I did get some out loud laughs from the book.
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