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Clutching At Straws

(2003)
(The second book in the Jake Diamond, Private Investigator series)
A novel by

 
 
The follow-up to the award-winning Catching Water in a Net...

Lefty Wright had it all figured. In fact he was doing the math as he crawled into the deserted house through the kitchen window. Get to the bedroom, crack open the wall safe, grab the envelope, fifteen minutes. One thousand dollars a minute. Nice score.

What Lefty neglected to factor in were the unknowns. And when the police nab him red-handed and discover the dead body of a prominent Criminal Courts Judge stuffed beneath the bed, Lefty finds himself charged with first degree murder with no shoes, no one believing in his innocence, and one phone call. He calls Jake Diamond.

In his second outing, Diamond attempts to prove Lefty's innocence while investigating a recent kidnapping and a fifteen year old homicide which may or may not be related to Lefty's dilemma. From San Francisco to the avocado fields of central California to the sound stages of a film shoot in Denver, Diamond's suspects seem to have one thing in common; they are in no condition to talk by the time Jake gets to them.

Praise for CLUTCHING AT STRAWS:

"A worthy successor to Catching Water in a Net, Abramo's second in the San Francisco based Jake Diamond series is a clever and well-crafted detective novel, gritty enough to satisfy hard-boiled readers but not so dark that it will put off more traditional mystery fans." - Publisher's Weekly

"This workmanlike second entry in the Jake Diamond series finds the San Francisco PI searching for the real killer of an unpopular local judge after one of Diamond's clients, an accomplished burglar having a very bad night, is fingered for the murder. Although the story is light on action and suspense, it's comfort food for PI fans." - Booklist

    

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Used availability for J L Abramo's Clutching At Straws

Hardback Editions

November 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Clutching at Straws
Author(s): J L Abramo
ISBN: 0-7862-5824-1 / 978-0-7862-5824-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


March 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Clutching at Straws
Author(s): J L Abramo
ISBN: 0-312-30849-3 / 978-0-312-30849-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

June 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Clutching at Straws (Jake Diamond Mystery) (Volume 2)
Author(s): J L Abramo
ISBN: 1-946502-11-1 / 978-1-946502-11-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Down & Out Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

September 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Clutching at Straws (Jake Diamond Mystery Book 2)
Author(s): J L Abramo
Publisher: Down & Out Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA