Faint Praise: A Jane Lawless Mystery

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Seal Press, 1995 - Fiction - 264 pages
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"INTELLIGENT AND ENGROSSING . . . A VERY COMPLEX PUZZLE."

--Publishers Weekly

Everyone knows Arno Heywood. He's been a Minneapolis TV personality for years. So when he jumps to his death from a downtown high-rise, it's a shocker--especially since he dies wearing women's clothes, a suicide in drag.

In chic Linden Lofts, where Arno lived, the other tenants are spooked, and smart investigator Jane Lawless soon finds out why. They, like Arno, have secrets to conceal, and the shadowy someone with a full set of keys who's scouting out their apartments may soon make that impossible. Can one of Linden Loft's upscale professionals really be an aspiring blackmailer? Before Jane and her pal Cordelia can make sure, a brutal murder ups the ante. . . .

"The plot resonates with fascinating details, a good bit of action, several keen twists, and a soupÁ on of romance for the protagonist."

--Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

"The characters are diverse and well rounded, the plot is intriguing, and the style lively and literate."

--The Armchair Detective

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About the author (1995)

Mystery author Ellen Hart was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in August 1949. She received a B. A. in Theology from the Ambassador College in Pasadena, California. She writes the Jane Lawless and the Sophie Greenway series. Five of the Jane Lawless books have won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Mystery. She has also won the Minnesota Book Award for Best Crime Fiction twice. She currently lives in Minneapolis with her life partner.

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