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Charles Kelly, Author . Point Blank $16.95 (168p) ISBN 978-0-8095-7244-1

At the start of Kelly's poetic first novel, Phoenix Scribe reporter Michael Callan stands at the grave of Rhea Montero, a woman he once loved who he suspects ran a crime syndicate he's investigating. A friend from Rhea's childhood, the naïve Daly Marcus, can't believe Rhea could have been a crook. Together Callan and Marcus seek the truth as murder erupts around them and they're drawn into a web of human trafficking and darker crimes. Kelly, a longtime reporter for the Arizona Republic , excels in capturing the local scene, the high desert and Phoenix itself, with such intriguing neighborhoods as “the gangbanger purlieus of the West Valley, where I once heard a driver chastised because his booming car radio was drowning out a gunfight.” His alter ego Callan, a legalized Irish national with a dicey past, shows potential as a series hero, but the revelations he unearths will be overly familiar to most mystery readers. (Nov.)

Reviewed on: 09/24/2007
Release date: 05/01/2007
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 168 pages - 978-0-8095-7241-0
Open Ebook - 152 pages - 978-1-4794-2418-4
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