While Drowning in the Desert

While Drowning in the Desert

A Neal Carey Mystery

Book - 1996 | 1st ed.
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In response to a plea from his friend and mentor, Neal Carey agrees to escort the seemingly harmless Nathan Silverstein home to Palm Springs, a journey hampered by the aged vaudevillian's lack of cooperation and the interference of some careless arsonists who are eager to gain custody of the old man

Blackwell North Amer
Neal Carey is just a few months shy of his long-delayed master's degree, as well as his marriage to longtime love Karen Hawley, when the phone rings. It can only be "Dad," a.k.a. Joe Graham, Neal's erstwhile father figure and boss, with an errand: Neal just has to pop down to Las Vegas, pick up a confused old man, and take him home to Palm Springs.
But nothing in Neal's life can be simple. The old man turns out to be Natty Silver, a forgotten star of burlesque, nightclubs, and beach movies, a Hollywood relic who can find eighty-six ways to annoy Neal in a virtually nonstop recitation of ancient jokes.
The only thing Natty fails to tell Neal is that he has witnessed a crime, and now a ruthless pair of con artists are trying to kill him.
Add to this mix a faded lounge singer ("the Great Hope White"), a slightly berserk insurance attorney, and the fact that Karen wants to get pregnant - now - and it's small wonder that Neal feels as if he's drowning in the desert.

& Taylor

Preparing for his master's degree and a wedding to long-time flame Karen Hawley, Neal Carey takes a job escorting a forgotten burlesque star from Las Vegas to Palm Springs, only to be pursued by two murderous arsonists out to stop the old man from revealing his secrets.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1996.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312144463
Characteristics: 198 p. ; 21 cm.


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