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Loot the Moon (Billy Povich #2)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  29 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
From the Shamus Award nominee of Spiked comes this much-anticipated sequel to the highly acclaimed Gravewriter

In this next electifying thriller from up-and-coming author Mark Arsenault, former journalist and beaten-down gambler Billy Povich returns to aid Martin Smothers, the Patron Lawyer of Hopeless Causes.

Martin’s old law partner, the well-respected superior court judge
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published 2009)
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Sep 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
In LOOT THE MOON, Billy Povich is approached by his friend Martin Sommers, a lawyer he used to do some investigative work for. Martin's mentor and a Superior Court Judge has been murdered and though the police have wrapped the case up, Martin feels there is more to the story and asks Povich to see what he can dig up. The man police say killed the judge, a low level thief, was also killed during the murder and it all seems just a little too convenient to Martin. There are facts that come to light ...more
First Sentence: Tobacco smoke and moonlight filled the car.

Billy Povich lives with his ill, aging father and 6-year-old son above a funeral home in Providence, Rhode Island. Billy, a former investigative reporter, has a gambling problem and has been demoted to writing obituaries, but writes them with caring and respect. Defense attorney, Martin Smothers, asks Billy to dust off his investigative skills. Martin’s friend, Judge Gilbert Harmony, has been shot by a supposed intruder, but Martin belie
Oct 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Attorney Martin Smothers requires Billy Povich’s assistance. Billy is a former journalist and gambler. Martin’s mentor, Superior Court Judge Gilbert Harmony was shot and killed. Judge Harmony’s death at first glance looks like a break in gone wrong. It seems though that Judge Harmony’s killer got it in the end. The killer died in a car crash.

Martin believes better that the killing was personal and someone paid to knock Judge Harmony off permanently. Billy starts doing some digging. He uncovers
Mar 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
A very satisfying read. This is the fourth in the Billy Povich mystery series by Arsenault. Billy is currently an obituary writer. He had been a journalist but gambling, getting in with the wrong crowd and being hounded by people he owed money to got in the way of that. Now, after the death of his wife (from whom he was separated), he has his young son Bo to look after and his father has shown back up in his life after having abandoned the family when Billy was young. Billy is asked by his frien ...more
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed book 1 of the Povich series and decided to read this one. I enjoyed this one as much, if not more than book 1. I love how the author introduces characters and tells the stories of the characters but doesn't tell you how they interconnect till the story starts to unfold. I love all the unexpected twists and turns because it keeps the reading interesting. I had a lot of theories on who had ordered the judge to be murdered but I didn't see what was coming to the very end.
Dec 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Of course, as it is set in RI, I was bound to like it.
A great followup to GRAVEWRITER. I did not see the final outcome coming. Liked the way he wrote it from the "bad guy" angle but you didnt know what character WAS the bad guy! Very nice tale with great local area descriptions.. even Waterfire has a guest spot!!
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Feb 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
Interesting story at times. Kinda difficult to read for long periods of time. Found I had to put it down after a chapter... not too terribly engaging. There is an event that happens and nothing is explained... don't know what the heck happened there.
Apr 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Great plot, interesting mystery.
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MARK ARSENAULT has been a reporter since 1989 and presently covers state politics for The Providence Journal in Rhode Island. His previous novels include the Shamus finalist Spiked and Speak Ill of the Living. He lives in Rhode Island.
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