Monkey on a Chain

Poisoned Pen Press Inc
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High on a mountain above Albuquerque lives a man who's a throwback to the outlaw heroes of the Old West. Rainbow Porter lives on the edge, watches his back, and occasionally drops into the valley below to lend a hand to those in trouble. To his door comes lovely Eurasian April Bow, adopted daughter of one of his Vietnam buddies, to appeal for help: her father has been blasted to bits in his California home by a mine, leaving her orphaned, broke, and scared to death. Responding, Rainbow begins a quest that turns into a journey back into his own past -- where he and a very select few did very well profiteering out of the war -- to find out why accounts, literal and figurative, appear to have been reopened.... This first mystery combines appealing characters with a well-paced adventure staged in New Mexico, Arizona, and Mexco with a sidetrip to the Philippines. Recommended to fans of John D. MacDonald and Randy Wayne White, whose stubborn Travis McGee and Doc Ford would be pleased to figure in Rainbow's story.
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About the author

Harlen Campbell, a writer of mystery/suspense novels, lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Campbell attended New Mexico State University and has BA's in English and Journalism and an MA in English Literature. Except for a brief stint as a journalist with the US Army and an even briefer one teaching college English, he never used his degrees professionally. Before he started writing, most of his work was in construction, real estate and computer programming, but he has also done satellite tracking, tended bar, and turned a dollar in a number of less likely ways. Campbell's interests lie in the nature of the individual's relationships to society and to the world, but he is willing to apologize if they show up in his writing. In fact, he believes that a writer's primary obligation is to entertain, and that he should only be allowed to fool around with ideas if his readers don't notice what he's up to

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Publisher
Poisoned Pen Press Inc
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Published on
Dec 31, 1999
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Pages
313
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ISBN
9781890208127
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical
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