By Robert Littell
Former CIA agent Lemuel Gunn left the battlefield of Afghanistan for early retirement within the wilderness of latest Mexico, the place he works as a personal investigator from the creature comforts, comparable to they're, of a cellular home.
Into his lifestyles comes Ornella Neppi, a thirty-something girl creating a hash out of her uncle's bail bonds company. The resource of her problems, Emilio Gava, used to be arrested for getting cocaine. Ornella has cause to think he's making plans to leap bail. until she will locate him, her uncle goes to be $125,000 out of pocket.
For $95-a-day plus charges (not to say the excitement of her company), Gunn is of the same opinion to aid Ornella song the wayward suspect down. apparently, no photos of Gava appear to exist. as soon as Gunn starts off his manhunt, he starts off to wonder if Gava himself existed within the first place.
Robert Littell has been commonly praised as the best espionage writers of our time. Now, he is grew to become his ambitious talents towards crime fiction in A Nasty Piece of Work, a unique that Le Monde has already praised as "one of these page-turning detective stories that sounds like an fast classic.… A Chandleresque noir novel, as pleasant because it is suspenseful."
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