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A safe place for dying
Jack Fredrickson
Adult Fiction FREDRIC

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In an impressive debut, Fredrickson introduces Vlodek "Dek" Elstrom, an intrepid investigator of Norwegian extraction who has neared bottom with his failed marriage and battered reputation. When a $3-million home explodes at Crystal Waters, the gated Chicago community where Elstrom's ex-wife still lives and from which he was expelled, powerful Anton "the Bohemian" Chernek, an attorney who fixes problems "too thorny or embarrassing to entrust to ordinary retainers," hires Elstrom as window dressing to cover possible liability. Publicly, the explanation's a gas leak, but an extortion note suggests another cause. But the homeowners' board, fearing a drop in property values, wants the police kept out and the threat to disappear. Another threat and another explosion bring the Feds and the police anyway, and Elstrom finds himself a prime suspect while he tries to trace the roots of the case back to the construction of Crystal Waters. Smartly plotted, briskly paced and laced with humor, this accomplished first marks Fredrickson as a mystery writer to watch. (Nov. 30) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Dek Elstrom is renovating the unusual tower in downtown Chicago where he lives when an expensive mansion in the city's most exclusive enclave, Crystal Waters, explodes. The management hires Elstrom to investigate; it seems a blackmailer is trying to extort money from the gated community. In this taut mystery, Fredrickson takes readers into the world of Chicago's wealthiest citizens, pokes into the city's quirky zoning structure, and explains Elstrom's strange existence. (Elstrom had lived in Crystal Waters until his ex-wife kicked him out.) Written in a humorous style similar to that of Florida writer Lawrence Shames and featuring an Elmore Leonard-like eye for detail, this is a promising new series. Fredrickson lives in Chicago. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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