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Blue Smoke and Murder

St. Kilda Consulting

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Jill Breck was just doing her job as a river guide when she saved the life of Lane Faroe, son of two of St. Kilda Consulting's premier operators. But when a string of ominous events—including a mysterious fire that kills her great-aunt and a furor in the Western art world raised by a dozen Breck family paintings—culminates in a threat to her life, Jill reluctantly calls in a favor.

Zach Balfour works part-time as a consultant for St. Kilda. His expertise is gathering and analyzing information from unlikely and often dangerous sources. Though he's got the skills to be a highly effective bodyguard, being a bullet catcher isn't his preferred way to spend time.

Protecting Jill will take him into familiar territory—among a strange, savagely competitive bunch of collectors who'll do anything to stay at the top. But Jill is in deeper waters than she's ever known; as she soon discovers, the perils of running wild rivers are tame compared with the hidden dangers in the high-stakes game of art collecting.

From the cozy rooms of the Breck homestead cabin to the cold multimillion-dollar galleries of the Western art circuit, Zach and Jill must race against time to unmask a ruthless killer hidden in a blue smoke of money, threats, lies, and death. . . .

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 16, 2012 – Powell (The Interrogative Mood) asks what happens to a novel when it s stripped of exposition, setting, and plot. What remains is dialogue, the sort of ribald dialogue that Barry Hannah s liars might cast out over the water, pining for sex, drink, and some answers. Here, two old nameless weirdly agreeable dudes talk in circles about suicide, childhood, and split-shot fishing weights, and wonder aloud if they might go to the liquor bunker or go down to the creek and stare Despair down in their not upscale neighborhood. They re nearly as funny as Beckett s Vladimir and Estragon an inevitable comparison for a duo who point out the word action is not even a verb. But Beckett s characters are played by real men who move about a stage and fight with other players and wait with purpose. Our dime-store philosophers wait for no one but themselves to engage the world bravely and become men. No one arrives not Pozzo, or Lucky, or even a messenger yet the novel s penetrating, playful words manage to pick impossibly heavy shit up and deliver what one of the characters calls the perfect nonsense a real dream makes.

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Blue Smoke and Murder
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Suspense
  • Published: Jul 08, 2008
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
  • Print Length: 448 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: St. Kilda Consulting
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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