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Extenuating Circumstances

(1989)
(The eighth book in the Harry Stoner series)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Shamus Awards Best Novel
Publisher's Weekly
Fully realized characters, complex plots and excellent writing are the qualities that attract readers to Valin's series about Harry Stoner, private eye. In his eighth appearance, Stoner describes his assignment to find missing Ira Lessing, a businessman from Cincinnati, Ohio, beloved for his generous help to troubled teens. The detective is with Lessing's childlike wife Janey, and his partner, Len Trumaine, when they learn that Lessing's body has been discovered, brutally beaten. A punk teenager, Terry Carnova, not only confesses but boasts of killing Lessing, but Stoner isn't convinced. Terry's pathetic lover Kitty insists the murderer is ''Tommy T,'' a male hustler who caters to masochists. With this information, the detective gropes his way through the fog that shrouds the facts about the victim and several suspects in the case. The story stands as a ''mainstream'' novel as well as a fine mystery. Mystery Book Club alternate.

Genre: Mystery

Used availability for Jonathan Valin's Extenuating Circumstances

Hardback Editions

March 1989 : USA Hardback
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Title: Extenuating Circumstances
Author(s): Jonathan Valin
ISBN: 0-440-50110-5 / 978-0-440-50110-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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February 1989 : USA Hardback
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Title: Extenuating Circumstances
Author(s): Jonathan Valin
ISBN: 0-385-29683-5 / 978-0-385-29683-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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Paperback Editions

July 1990 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Extenuating Circumstances
Author(s): Jonathan Valin
ISBN: 0-440-20630-8 / 978-0-440-20630-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dell
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Audio Editions

August 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Extenuating Circumstances (The Harry Stoner Series)
Author(s): Jonathan Valin
ISBN: 1-72132-148-9 / 978-1-72132-148-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone on Brilliance Audio
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April 2013 : USA Audio CD

Title: Extenuating Circumstances (Harry Stoner)
Author(s): Jonathan Valin
ISBN: 0-7927-9355-2 / 978-0-7927-9355-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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February 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Extenuating Circumstances: A Harry Stoner Mystery, Book 8
Author(s): Jonathan Valin
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK