Jersey Tomatoes

J. W. Rider, Author Arbor House Publishing $15.95 (273p) ISBN 978-0-87795-793-5
Ryder's hardboiled love letter to Jersey City centers on tough PI and troubled ex-Catholic Malone, who is hired by a loathsome real estate developer named Jarrett to look into threats on his life, then by an attractive anti-religious activist called Charisma Kelly to prove that her Catholic mother did not commit suicide. At first the two cases seem unconnected; but the appearance of numerous murdered and mutilated bodies, as well as revelations from other sources, begins to link them, and Malone finds himself in a web of danger and deceit that brings him to a shootout on the beach. While the plot is confusing and overcomplicated, the choice of Jersey City is charmingly eccentric, and Ryder's first-person narrative is stylish, original and fun. (May 29)
Reviewed on: 05/01/1986
Release date: 05/01/1986
Paperback - 256 pages - 978-0-671-64018-7
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