Disheveled City

Gaylord Dold
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 One cold winter a woman is found dead on her kitchen floor.
Unfortunately, detective Mitch Roberts had once had a brief affair with
the woman and becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation.



Gaylord Dold is the author of fifteen works of fiction including the
highly acclaimed private detective series featuring Mitch Roberts, a
well as numerous contemporary crime thrillers. Many of his novels have
been singled out for awards and praise by a number of critics and
writer’s organizations.
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About the author

Gaylord Dold is the author of fifteen works of fiction including the highly acclaimed private detective series featuring Mitch Roberts, a well as numerous contemporary crime thrillers. Many of his novels have been singled out for awards and praise by a number of critics and writer’s organizations. As one of the founders of Watermark Press, Dold edited and published a number of distinguished literary works, including the novel Leaving Las Vegas by John O’Brien, which was made into a movie starring Nicholas Cage and Elizabeth Shue. Dold lives on the prairie of southern Kansas.

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Gaylord Dold
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Published on
Jun 10, 2014
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Pages
165
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ISBN
9781938582783
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled
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 "Already he had counted sixteen soldiers, ten beige-clad paratroopers
sleeping under a big umbrella tree where there was some shade.  On the
taxi ride away from Brazzaville, along the dusty road where the plateau
broke down to brown grassless hills, he had see maybe six soldiers
marching wearily, looking sad-eyed and stoned on bungi, crazy from the
canopy of unrelieved sun.  Mostly he felt amazed and a little lucky to
be in Africa, but just then he felt afraid, as

if a little bubble of balance in the middle of his head had suddenly been tilted to one side, and the soldiers knew it."



Set in Zaire and the Republic of Congo, The World Beat evokes modern
Africa with a realism that few writers achieve.  At loose ends, series
hero Roberts takes an assignment from Lloyds of London to deliver ransom
for Elyse Revelle, a Belgian mining company doctor who has been
kidnapped, presumably be separatists or terrorists.  Together with a
Zairian employee of the company, Roberts undertakes an arduous river
journey to make contact with the kidnappers at the doctor’s clinic in
the jungle. This journey, with its sights, sounds, and smells of Africa,
is both metaphor and actuality.  Roberts falls seriously ill and the
trip becomes a struggle to head off forces that are opposed to the
mission, to find and pay off the kidnappers, and to elude death from
disease or assassination.



Like the novels of Graham Greene, The World Beat combines gripping
action themes of political commitment, moral responsibility and human
violence.
The hypnotic and gritty ninth Mitch Roberts Crime Novel.



"Roberts lay in the dark, his mind running clocklike in nearly perfect
and meaningless circles.  On the floor beside his single bed was a
leather suitcase bound by three leather straps, secured with a beautiful
brass lock.  He had packed the night before, five pairs of jeans, some
hiking and fishing shorts, a pair of moccasins, one suit and a single
dress shirt, assorted socks and underwear, two ties, now slightly
soiled, his shaving kit and utilities, several paper novels, including
most of Beckett in Pan editions, a Glock 9mm pistol stripped into six
sections, each section well oiled and wrapped in heavy newspaper, each
wrapped part then twined inside black plastic.  He had broken down his
rod and reel and had stored them in an olive-green carrying case, all of
it ready for the long flight to Miami."



After a long stay abroad and a love affair that fell apart, Mitch
Roberts is headed home. Back to his ranch, his horses and maybe, to
being a private eye again. But if Roberts is looking forward to an
uneventful life, he has farther to go than a return to southern
Colorado. His problems start when a beautiful flight attendant suggests
he meet her for a drink at her favorite bar in a stopover in Miami. The
bar’s parking lot, however, comes equipped with two thugs who knock
Mitch out, take his passport, credit cards, and every cent in his
pocket, and drive off in his rental car.



Desperate, Mitch calls the only person he knows in Miami, a former
college acquaintance named Bobby Hilliard, a rather sleazy character who
has made a lot of money in questionable ways, and is now an art dealer.
When Mitch finds the seductive flight attendant at the man’s mansion,
he is quick to realize he has been set up.  But an offer of a sorely
needed big fee tempts him, and he accepts a job offer from Hilliard. 
Hilliard’s agent, sent to Haiti with money to buy a large number of
Haitian paintings has disappeared. Mitch’s job is to find the agent and
buy paintings to replace those that were lost. But Haiti is dismaying. 
Police officials openly scoff at Mitch. He is sickened by the tropical
heat and by the atmosphere of poverty, fear and paranoia. When Mitch
finds that the agent has been murdered he does what he must, aided only
by a Haitian guide, poor but educated, and a loyal man with whom Mitch
travels the country.
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