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The Manipulated

(The fourth book in the Joe Portugal series)
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Joe Portugal's experienced killing before. He's seen gunmen mow down a friend on little more than a whim. He's known greed and ambition to drive his friends to murder. But now he's face to face with a whole new degree of wickedness. A show business prodigy has been shot dead. Though no one -- except perhaps the man's father -- will mourn him, his demise puts Joe in debt to a shadowy presence whose sway extends deep into Southern California industry, government, and law enforcement. And suddenly Joe begins to suspect that everyone he knows -- his protégé, stunning television star Ronnie Bell; his new wife, Gina; and most disturbing of all, his prison vet father -- is part of that clandestine coterie known as "the manipulated." Nathan Walpow's "snappy Chandleresque dialogue" (Los Angeles Times) adds punch to this intricate, darkly witty whodunit set in the trashier byways of Tinseltown.

Genre: Mystery

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