Nameless Dame: Murder on the Russian River (Google eBook)

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Soft Skull Press, Mar 1, 2012 - Fiction - 304 pages
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The Russian River Valley—laid-back, marijuana-steeped, and off-the-grid—is the backdrop for Bart Schneider’s new mystery featuring the tough and dogged detective Augie Boyer.

Augie takes a break from the bite of another Minnesota winter by visiting the California homestead of his longtime friend Bobby Sabbatini, who is celebrating the opening of his poetry-infused tavern, Ginsberg’s Galley. But Augie’s notoriety precedes him, and his arrival is met with a trip to a murder scene. Ruthie Rosenberg, a local who has fallen into a life of drugs and dependence, has been found at The Last Judgment Campground, shot twice in the head.

At the request of the Deputy Jesse Coolican, who’s loved Ruthie for years, Augie promises to investigate the case himself. No sooner than he starts to ask questions, Augie discovers the trail leading to Ruthie’s killer—or killers—is tangled with politics, religion, bold-faced lies, and suspicious double-lives. Even his closest friends are part of the fray.

Is Ruthie’s murder the work of a copycat? An escalated statement by the religious right? Only an outsider can discover the painful truth—and Augie must work quickly before the insular community buries the truth deep among its ever-growing secrets.

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Review: Nameless Dame: Murder on the Russian River

User Review  - Joseph Doherty - Goodreads

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User Review  - Judy - Goodreads

A fun vacation read. I read it because I know the Russian River area so well. If the same story had been set in a different location I probably would not have picked it up. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Bart Schneider is the author of the novels Blue Bossa, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Secret Love, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Beautiful Inez; and The Man in the Blizzard. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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