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An Alessandra Martillo Mystery

The Last Gig

A Novel

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Norman Green, critically acclaimed author of four crime novels, debuts a fresh, edgy character in the streetwise Alessandra Martillo, a female take on the P.I.s of yesteryear. Tough as nails and sometimes heartless, smart and altogether too brave for her own good, Al is one of the most interesting lead characters to hit crime fiction in years.

A teenage runaway from the Brownsville projects, Alessandra Martillo lived with an indifferent aunt who had taken her in when her mother killed herself, and later, after more than a year on the streets, a caring uncle found her, took her in, and showed her she had a chance. That was many years ago, and now Alessandra’s all grown up, working for a sleazy P.I., repossessing cars, and trolling for waitstaff on the take. The cases aren’t glamorous, or interesting, but the work pays the bills. And she’s good at it—if there’s one thing she’s learned since leaving the streets, it’s how to take care of herself around life’s shadier elements.

When an Irish mobster named Daniel “Mickey” Caughlan thinks someone on the inside of his shipping operation is trying to set him up for a fall, it’s Al he wants on the job. She’s to find the traitor and report back. But just a little digging shows it’s more complicated than a simple turncoat inside the family; Al’s barely started on the case when she runs into a few tough guys trying to warn her away. Fools. As if a little confrontation wouldn’t make her even more determined.

Gritty and unputdownable, this is perfect for fans of James Lee Burke and Robert Crais.

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Critical Praise

“Hard-driving action…Al’s various run-ins with hired thugs intent on discouraging her investigation keep the harrowing edge sharp.… The Last Gig is a gut-tensing read.” —Houston Chronicle on The Last Gig

“She fights like a Valkyrie, loves hard, runs scared at times, stands tall when it matters, is sexy, endearing and just about the freshest heroine to enhance genre fiction in forever. Don’t miss her.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on The Last Gig

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062672742
  • ISBN 10: 0062672746
  • Imprint: Witness Impulse
  • On Sale: 07/11/2017
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price: 14.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
  • BISAC2: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled

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