Jitter Joint: A Novel of Suspense

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St. Martin's Press, Jan 15, 1999 - Fiction - 256 pages
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In Jitter Joint, award-winning journalist Howard Swindle delivers Jeb Quinlin, a Dallas homicide detective combating crime-and his own personal demons.

"The weak and pitiful shall perish..."

Jeb Quinlin has been issued an ultimatum by his boss and his wife: dry out or get out. So he hits his favorite bar for a last fifth of Wild Turkey and reluctantly enters detox. Once inside, Jeb is forced to confront his years of alcoholism with the help of Librium, hard-core therapy, and AA meetings. But someone is taking the words of the Big Book too far, as rehab patients begin to die mysteriously, each tagged with one of AA's Twelve Steps. Now Jeb is on a sobering hunt for the Twelve-Step killer, a twisted psychopath who's taking the battle with the bottle to horrifying new heights...

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I found this a compelling read. Prohibition is often regarded as something of a joke, but this book makes me wish it had succeeded. An alcoholic detective is forced into treatment, or he loses his job ... Read full review

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That line separating fact from fiction has always been a fine one in Texas, so it would seem natural for Swindle to try an Edna Buchanan career move. A three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editor for the ... Read full review

About the author (1999)

Howard Swindle is a Pulitzer Prize-winning news editor for the Dallas Morning News and the author of three true-crime books, including Edgar-nominated Trespasses: Portrait of a Serial Rapist. Jitter Joint is his first novel. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

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