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The Sweet Ride by Richard S. Prather
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May 27, 11

Read in May, 2011

Small town corruption sends Shell Scott to Newton California, a town north of San Francisco. He'd received a phone call from Mayor Fowler who needed his help in bringing down a hood named Hugh Grimson who was strangling his small city. An eyewitness had emerged to Grimson gunning down a man and it was the perfect opportunity.

Shell had to fly up, early the next morning, and was surprised when he met the Mayor at his home. Te whole thing was a mistake, the witness was an unreliable little man when the Mayor had found out his identity.

"Sorry about the trouble Mr Scott. We'll pay your plane fare and your time of course. You want to check the witness before you leave. Of course Mr, Scott."

The Mayor's assessment was correct of course. Shell met some friends for lunch before leaving, one of which had recommended him to the Mayor. The Mayor was supposed to attend as well, but seemed to have dropped out of sight.

Shell is asked to stay a few days, being paid for his time of course, and the next time he sees the Mayor, he's fondling a naked waitress in a private club.

He points him out to his friend and gets another surprise. That's not the Mayor, that's Hugh Grimson!

There sets off a chain of events as Shell pokes around, gets a few attempts on his life, while looking for the Mayor and the real witness to the murder.

As always, a Shell Scott mystery is a lot of fun with Prather's blend of humor and a bit of violence.
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