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(09/23/2008) Blue Eyes by Jerome Charyn. New York. 1974. Simon & Schuster. keywords: Literature America Cops. 234 pages. Jacket design by Paul Bacon. 0671218565.

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   Manfred 'Shotgun' Coen, detective first grade, New York City Police Department, master of flick shots, phony spins and the penholder, is a ping-pong freak, as fast with his serve as he is in a shoot-out. He is a special kind of cop, a loner, who wears magenta socks, eats at Cuban restaurants and refuses to live on Long Island with his fellow policemen. Coen is also the boyhood friend of Cesar Guzmann, a gambler and whorehouse entrepreneur, whose family migrated to the Bronx via Peru many years, ago, and who prays to Moses, John the Baptist and Saint Jerome Because of his special knowledge of the Peruvian underworld, Coen is assigned to investigate the disappearance of Caroline Child, niece of a prominent theatrical producer, who may have run away from school with her friend Odile. Odile is New York's porno queen, mistress of The Dwarf, a notorious Village lesbian bar, and an employee of the Guzmann family. Coen's search takes him to Mexico and back to New York for a final ping-pong match with a 'downtown' shark hired at $100 an hour to defeat Coen at his own game.

 

 

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