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(04/06/2008) A Firing Offense by George P. Pelecanos. New York. 1992. St Martin's Press. keywords: Mystery Pulp. 216 pages. Jacket painting by Tony LiMuaco. 0312069707. April 1992.

Nick Stefanos, advertising manager of the stereo store, Nutty Nathans, turned private detective, searches for a missing boy as a favor, and uncovers much more than he would have ever expected in this hard-boiled first novel.

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   A rock gets pushed at the top of a hill, and it begins to roll, and then it doesn't matter who did the pushing. What matters is the damage done. So how it started, I suppose, is insignificant. Because what sticks now is how it ended: with the sudden blast of smoke of automatic weapons, and the low moan of those who are about to die. As the advertising director of Nutty Nathan's - 'The Miser Who Saves You Money!' - Nick Stefanos knew all the tricks of the electronics business. Blow-out sales and shady deals were his life. When one of the stockboys disappears, it's not news: just another young metalhead who went off chasing some dream of big money and easy living. But the kid reminded Nick of himself twelve years ago: an angry punk hooked on speed, metal and the fast life. So when the boy's grandfather begs Nick to try to find the kid, Nick says he'll try. And once it begins to roll, it doesn't matter who did the pushing. What matters is the damage done. A FIRING OFFENSE is a debut novel packed with exceptional veracity and tenacious emotion, a tough and tender view of both the Washington, D. C. , that lies behind the politician's lies and of the truths that lie within our hearts.

 

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