Death on the Rocks

The Jacob Lomax Mysteries

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Open Road Media
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Hired to investigate a seemingly accidental death, a PI discovers a perverse secret
Denver oilman Phillip Townsend is alone in his Jaguar when he drives off the cliff. The police call it an accident, but his widow, half mad with grief, insists it was murder. Her husband was quiet, cautious, boring—so what was he doing on the outskirts of Denver, driving drunk down a lonely mountain road?
The Townsends’ lawyer hires Jacob Lomax to look into the matter, letting him know that it would be best if the official version of the story were quietly confirmed. An ex-cop who became a detective in the wake of his wife’s murder, Lomax is too dedicated to his work to simply parrot a police report. Digging through the dead man’s office, he finds a tape that shows Townsend and an accomplice binding, gagging, and raping a teenage girl. The most boring millionaire in Denver, it seems, had a secret that was worth killing for.
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About the author

Michael Allegretto (b. 1944) is an American author of thrillers and mystery fiction best known for creating Colorado private detective Jacob Lomax. Raised in Colorado, Allegretto spent his youth listening to the stories of his father, a Denver police officer whose experiences he later used as the basis for his first books. He made his debut in 1987 with Death on the Rocks, a story of murder, blackmail, and pornography that introduced Allegretto’s only series character: Jacob Lomax, an ex-cop who becomes a private detective after the brutal murder of his wife.
Lomax would star in four more novels, including Blood Stone (1988), The Dead of Winter (1989), and Grave Doubt (1995). In the early 1990s, Allegretto began writing standalone novels, including the Christmas suspense story Night of Reunion (1990) and the fast-paced family thriller The Watchmen (1991).
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Open Road Media
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Published on
Dec 31, 2013
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Pages
232
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ISBN
9781480462748
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English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
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An explosive corporate dossier is in the wind


The company will stop at nothing to get it back



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All the pieces are there, but Rafferty can’t complete the puzzle. So … continue with the case and the screwballs involved or tell Winchester to shove it?


Either way, she’ll still be dead, and Rafferty might not stop the looming environmental catastrophe, but at least he might be able to find out who really killed Cricket Dawes.



And make them pay.


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He may quote Latin occasionally, smoke too much, and be a cynical sonofabitch, but when the shit hits the fan and you need someone you can trust, you’ll be glad you called Rafferty.


If you take your mysteries hardboiled, drizzled with pulp, and an extra helping of wise-cracking tough talk, you’ll love Rafferty: P.I.


Buy POOR DEAD CRICKET today and continue the series readers are saying is “… on my list of great private eye writers along with Kinky Friedman, Elmore Leonard, and Lawrence Sanders.”


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All Rafferty wanted was some small-town quiet time


Hadn’t counted on being arrested for murder


Now, he’ll blow this town wide open to find the real killer of a sweet young girl



Rafferty may not have killed Cynthia Lawson but he was one of the last people to see her alive so, like it or not, he’s involved.


Hallston ain’t your typical small town either, and faster than you can say, “Five hundred on The Longhorns,” Rafferty is up to his ass in shady bookies, violent boyfriends, crooked doctors,  and religious fundamentalists who just won’t leave him alone.


Not to mention a vicious killer with Rafferty square in his sights.


Can Rafferty find Cynthia’s killer before he’s taken off the case … permanently.


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In the tradition of the best pulp thrillers, LAST SEEN ALIVE is the second book in the Rafferty: P.I. mystery series.


Rafferty’s a Dallas P.I. and an ex-cop who spent enough time on the streets to understand how things work. 


He may quote Latin occasionally, smoke too much, and be a cynical sonofabitch, but when the shit hits the fan and you need someone you can trust, you’ll be glad you called Rafferty.


If you take your mysteries hardboiled, drizzled with pulp, and an extra helping of wise-cracking tough talk, you’ll love Rafferty: P.I.


Buy LAST SEEN ALIVE today and continue the series readers are saying is “… on my list of great private eye writers along with Kinky Friedman, Elmore Leonard, and Lawrence Sanders.”


——————————————————————————


Praise for W. Glenn Duncan:


“Sometimes it seemed W. Glenn Duncan's Texas P.I. Rafferty had a rule for everything, but the fact remains that most of them were a hoot. And, of course, a further irony is that "Rafferty's Rules" is, in fact, an Australian football term for "no rules at all.” - Thrilling Detective Website


“I have all of the Rafferty titles in my collection. I've gotten rid of a lot of stuff over the years, but the Rafferty books are a mainstay. I think they're terrific!” - Paul Bishop


“Duncan truly captured the pure essence of the definitive smart-ass private eye in his character Rafferty. Take part Sam Spade with a little Mike Hammer, mix in some Spenser and you have an awesome character.” - Cliff Fausset


“At first sniff, it may smell like Spenser with a cowboy hat, but take a good whiff: W. Glenn Duncan's Dallas, Texas private eye RAFFERTY was actually a blast of fresh air in what was rapidly becoming a glut of sensitive, soul-searching, overly politically-correct cookie cutter P.I.s in the late eighties. Of course, it helps that Dallas ain't Boston.” - Kevin Burton Smith

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