A Smile on the Face of the Tiger

By Loren D. Estleman (Electronic Book, 2000)
The blonde wore a red slip and held a broken bottle in her hand. The man wore a trench coat and a fedora, and through the window flames were burning in the night. The paperback novel Amos Walker carried in his pocket was fifty years old and -- from its tawdry cover to its fiery prose -- still red hot.

A fictionalized tale of a real-life Detroit race riot in 1943, "Paradise Valley" was written by a man named Eugene Booth. With a New York publisher dying to reprint Booth's pulp-fiction classic, Booth's disappearance didn't make any sense. At least not yet.

While hunting down Booth, Walker finds this peaceful missing-person case developing into something much more deadly. For a notorious New York mob hit man, one in protective custody and promoting his own bestselling, tell-all book, is also trailing Booth, and a half-century-old murder is coming back to light. Between that killing and the story told in Booth's "Paradise Valley, " Walker is sure Booth has good reasons to want to disappear, and some people have good reasons to see him dead. For Walker, it's a question of separating fiction from fact, and keeping the key players alive long enough to know the truth. And that includes himself.

The blonde wore a red slip and held a broken bottle in her hand. The man wore a trench coat and a fedora, and through the window flames were burning in the night. The paperback novel Amos Walker carried in his pocket was fifty years old and -- from its tawdry cover to its fiery prose -- still red hot.

A fictionalized tale of a real-life Detroit race riot in 1943, "Paradise Valley" was written by a man named Eugene Booth. With a New York publisher dying to reprint Booth's pulp-fiction classic, Booth's disappearance didn't make any sense. At least not yet.

While hunting down Booth, Walker finds this peaceful missing-person case developing into something much more deadly. For a notorious New York mob hit man, one in protective custody and promoting his own bestselling, tell-all book, is also trailing Booth, and a half-century-old murder is coming back to light. Between that killing and the story told in Booth's "Paradise Valley, " Walker is sure Booth has good reasons to want to disappear, and some people have good reasons to see him dead. For Walker, it's a question of separating fiction from fact, and keeping the key players alive long enough to know the truth. And that includes himself.
  • (Publishers Weekly).

Product Details

A Smile on the Face of the Tiger
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Price: $9.99 US/$9.99 CAN
  • ISBN-13: 9780446922500
  • On Sale Date: 09/01/2000
A Smile on the Face of the Tiger