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Minneapolis PI Marta Hjelm failed to prevent a preventable murder. Her guilt has brought her right to the edge of burnout and dropout. But a prize specimen from her ancient past—her cheating ex-husband—appears out of nowhere with a gig too good to turn down. One last job, Marta figures, can’t hurt.

But hurt it does, as Marta tries to make sense of a terrorist plot at a majo
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Conger Road Press (first published February 14th 2012)
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Cathy DuPont
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hooray! Want to introduce you to my new BFF, Marty Hjelm, St. Paul, Minnesota. To those of you who are not friends (or family) of Marty, it’s Marta Hjelm, P.I., thank you very much.

I was thinking about some reasons Marty and I are friends and came up with a few of the things we have in common and it occurred to me that you would want to hear them.

• A Daddy’s girl
• Photography
• Newspaper and advertising background
• A bit snarky at times
• Lovers of rock, jazz and blues (not rap so much)
• Opinion
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Sophia
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ever since I was a kid picking up an old detective novel for the first time, I've enjoyed that particular tone that some murder mysteries or romantic suspenses get of the world-weary mixed with the wry humor in that first person perspective as the detective pushes on even when he/she doesn't seem to stand a chance at beating the bad guy(s). This particularly story has that feel to it and I enjoyed tagging along while Marta Hjelm, the Private Investigator, followed the clues through all their twi ...more
Harry
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Smoking Ruin is the type of confounding little mystery book that you know could have been great but wasn't. I mean, it's a decent story, it's got a heroine, some other characters, seems to include the right amount of verisimilitude, there's a mystery we can follow...but, truthfully, I was smoking too many cigarettes, annoyed that I couldn't get to The Blonde because I was reading this. So, I tried to finish it quickly...and thankfully.

Truth is: I picked the book up for free and read it as filler
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D.R. has worked as a journalist and editor, a copywriter and photographer, a book and music reviewer, a TV scriptwriter, and, not least, a novelist. He is the author of the kids' ghost adventures Johnny Graphic and the Etheric Bomb and Johnny Graphic and the Attack of the Zombies. His canine cozy mystery series, written under the pen name Richard Audry, includes The Karma of King Harald and King H ...more
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