Nameless Dame: Murder on the Russian River

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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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NAMELESS DAME: Murder on the Russian River

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Minneapolis private eye Augie Boyer (The Man in the Blizzard, 2008, etc.) spends some time in Sonoma County, with equally shaggy results.Augie's friend Bobby Sabbatini has undertaken an even longer ... Read full review

Contents

The Detective Who Found Poetry 1
1
Custard Blossom and Poesy 9
9
Coolican 17
17
The Heart 26
26
For Some 31
31
Spud and Derek in the Rain 46
46
The Wife and the Bloodhound 51
51
Eggs Bacon Grief 66
66
A Little Character 147
147
Detective Sabbatini Returns 156
156
Je Ne Sais Quoi 168
168
Waiting 181
181
Repent 191
191
What Happened to You? 200
200
Talking Murder 215
215
Children Be Nice Now 233
233

Priorities 74
74
Silk 85
85
Mermaid 95
95
The Root Is One 106
106
Manzanita 118
118
Introducing Mr Newborn 126
126
Russian Glory 137
137
Two Funerals 251
251
Mardi Gras on Main Street 263
263
What Gives? 279
279
Waiting for Rumi 289
289
Acknowledgments 293
293
Permissions 295
295
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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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