Briarpatch by Ross Thomas PDF

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By Ross Thomas

ISBN-10: 0312290314

ISBN-13: 9780312290313

A long-distance name from a Texas urban on his birthday supplies Benjamin Dill the scoop that his sister--it's her birthday, too, they have been born precisely ten years apart--has died in a vehicle bomb explosion. It's the executive of police calling--Felicity Dill labored for him; she used to be a murder detective. Dill is there that evening, the start of his dogged look for her killer. What he reveals is not surprising to him, simply because Benjamin Dill is rarely shocked at what lousy issues humans will do--but it's a true shock to the reader. As Newsday acknowledged whilst the unconventional was once first released, "One definite factor approximately Ross Thomas's novels: A reader won't become bored looking ahead to the motion to start."
Ross Thomas is ranked as one of many very best mystery writers by means of his fellow authors, and his readers loudly agree. Edgar Awards, and different prizes, purely supplement the plentiful compliment that Thomas has received.

Thomas died in 1995, and because then all yet one among his twenty-five novels have long gone out of print. this could by no means have occurred to the guy of whom the recent Yorker has acknowledged, "Very few...are as constantly entertaining...even fewer can fit him for type and power." St. Martin's Minotaur is proud to treatment this example through reissuing Thomas's novels. So commence interpreting, and get ready to affix Ross Thomas's legions of admiring enthusiasts.

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He beamed. ‘‘Wide-range circuitry that detects transmitters operating on frequencies from fifty megahertz to three gigahertz. Plus it’s got an internal antenna that picks up the horizontal oscillator frequency radiated by video cameras. I’ve optimized it for the PAL standard, which is what you’re most likely to encounter, but I can change it to NTSC or SECAM if you want. Reception isn’t great because it’s so small, so you won’t be able to tell where the bug or camera is, only that one is there.

But I nodded and slipped it into an inside pocket of the blazer I was wearing. I signaled the bartender that it was time for another Lagavulin. ’’ I asked. ‘‘I did. ’’ ‘‘Just a thank-you. ’’ I wondered if she had bought the story. If she hadn’t thanked Harry for his response, I would have known she hadn’t bought it, because she was classy and it wouldn’t have been like her not to respond. But the thank-you might have been automatic, sent even in the presence of continued suspicions. It could even have been duplicitous, intended to lull Harry into thinking she was satisfied when in fact the opposite was true.

After the events of September eleventh in the United States, the Metropolitan Police Force undertook a major initiative to link up these informal networks of cameras with a central database that runs advanced facial recognition software. The software reads characteristics that are difficult or impossible to obscure—the distance be- H ARD R AIN 33 tween the eyes, for example, or the precise angles of the triangle formed by the corners of the eyes and the center of the mouth. Now, when a camera gets a match for a photograph from the database, an alert is automatically sent to the appropriate authorities.

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