Poverty Bay

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Random House Publishing Group, 1997 - Fiction - 320 pages
6 Reviews
"Emerson is at the top of his game, and very few are better."
--Mostly Murder

As sole heir to his beloved granddaddy's fortune, noble and naive Lance Tyner wants to use the money for the good of mankind. But some not-so-good specimens of the species--including Lance's conniving father, sleazy brother, and spoiled sister--have much more selfish plans in mind.

Now Lance has vanished. And P.I. Thomas Black must follow his trail into the sad and scary places where the dregs of humanity struggle to stay alive--and where men like Lance and Black too often end up dead. . . .

"Emerson is carving his own special niche among a new generation of private eye writers."
--The Washington Post Book World

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Review: Poverty Bay (Thomas Black #2)

User Review  - Wanda - Goodreads

Definitely shows how greed can warp some people. I love the books based in the northwest as I know the areas described. Lots of stereotyping and prejudice but the book was written in the 80s and it is easy to forget how those feelings were present at that time. Read full review

Review: Poverty Bay (Thomas Black #2)

User Review  - Jeff Dickison - Goodreads

A very good Thomas Black novel. Young homeless, idealistic hippy inherits $15,000,000 and then is murdered. Black investigates hobos and racists to determine what happened. Recommended to fans of good mysteries. Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Earl Emerson is a lieutenant in the Seattle Fire Department. He is the Shamus Award-winning author of the Thomas Black detective series, which includes The Rainy City, Poverty Bay, Nervous Laughter, Fat Tuesday, Deviant Behavior, Yellow Dog Party, The Portland Laugher, The Vanishing Smile, and The Million-Dollar Tattoo. He has also written four books featuring ex-fire chief and acting sheriff Mac Fontana: Black Hearts and Slow Dancing, Help Wanted: Orphans Preferred, Morons and Madmen, and Going Crazy in Public.

Earl Emerson lives in North Bend, Washington.

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