Limited Partner

Mike Lupica, Author Villard Books $18.95 (245p) ISBN 978-0-394-57433-2
Sportswriter Lupica ( Dead Air ) again demonstrates his gifts for terse, hip dialogue and for name-dropping Manhattan's hot spots and trendy topics in Steve Finley's busy return. A journalist on cable TV, Finley is upset to hear that his fast-lane friend Bobby Wyman, one of several limited partners in a club called Tim Tiernan's, has died of a heroin overdose. Finley knows that Bobby had been seriously sober for some time, so he believes Bobby's girlfriend when she says the ostensible OD was a murder. But the ``coke whore'' is herself bumped off; the club's major partner, former Mets pitching ace Tom Tiernan, is too pathetically drunk to be useful; and interviews with other partners, their associates and other slimeballs turn up more smoke than heat. Eventually, a clever ruse to track down a current Mets ace in a rehab clinic pays off. Finley and his team of yuppie Jimmy Olsons are led to a secret and marvelously illegal after-hours joint, link the murder to the Mafia and, with the last-second help of a gift tip, the killer. Unfortunately, repeated musings about the Boston Red Sox, along with shallow characters, weaken the already minimal suspense. The Manhattan nightclub scene, moreover, is pared to a disappointing series of glib asides. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1990
Release date: 10/01/1990
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-345-37237-6
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