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Hot and Sweaty Rex

(2004)
(The third book in the Dinosaur Mafia series)
A novel by

 
 
Library Journal
As a velociraptor himself, PI Vincent Rubio jumps when asked to do a job for the raptor Mafia. He "tails" a rival hadrosaur first to Las Vegas, then to the racetracks of Miami, where he learns how raptors disguised as racehorses have been fixing races for the Mafia. The scheme involves the usual pain, violence, and retribution, which Vincent does his best to avoid. Series fans (Anonymous Rex; Casual Rex) will know that these dinosaur characters impersonate humans using cleverly made costumes. Ohers may find the suspension of disbelief a bit much to take. A striking fantasy nonetheless-but for fans. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Forget the Hatfields and the McCoys, the Gambinos, the Colombos, the Genoveses. The Velociraptors are battling the Hadrosaurs for control of Miami. Anyone who thinks dinosaurs died out has been fooled by their human-emulating latex disguises. Deep down, Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts are just like p.i. Vincent Rubio, a walking, talking descendant of ages past. Vincent, a raptor suffering herb-addiction withdrawal, has been paid twenty large by Frank Tallarico, head of the LA Raptor Mafia, to tail Nelly Hagstrom, a Miami Hadrosaurs fighting Frank's younger, meaner, dumber brother Eddie for supremacy in South Florida. Vincent's long-time pal Glenda comes along to help, but she can't do much when Jack Dugan, Nelly's boss and Vincent's boyhood friend sidelined to a wheelchair by degenerative muscle disease, is gunned down; when a batch of pretty Ornithos lose their tails; when dissolving powder attacks a dino/horse who throws a race; when Nelly is left to drown as a hurricane looms; when Noreen, Jack's sister Vincent mistakenly jilted back in his herb-orgy days, has to decide whether Vincent should live or die. The streets (not to mention the Everglades) are littered with bodies of rival dinosaurs as Vincent plays all sides against each other, has a minor herb relapse, and finally ends a friendship to end the strife. Garcia (Casual Rex, 2001, etc.) is brutally funny, paying wacky homage to noir conventions while spoofing mafiosi loyalties, AA principles, race relations, and double-agent double-dealings. Agent: Barbara J. Zitwer/Barbara J. Zitwer Agency

Genre: Mystery

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March 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Hot and Sweaty Rex: A Dinosaur Mafia Mystery (Dinosaur Mafia Mysteries)
Author(s): Eric Garcia
ISBN: 0-375-50523-7 / 978-0-375-50523-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Villard
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Title: Hot and Sweaty Rex (Dinosaur Mafia Mysteries (Paperback))
Author(s): Eric Garcia
ISBN: 0-441-01273-6 / 978-0-441-01273-2 (USA edition)
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Title: Hot and Sweaty Rex (Lib)(CD)
Author(s): Eric Garcia
ISBN: 0-7366-9920-1 / 978-0-7366-9920-4 (USA edition)
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Title: Hot and Sweaty Rex: A Dinosaur Mafia Mystery (The Dinosaur Mafia Mysteries Book 3)
Author(s): Eric Garcia
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