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Goodbye Sister Disco    by James Patrick Hunt order for
Goodbye Sister Disco
by James Patrick Hunt
Order:  USA  Can
Minotaur, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Tim Davis

Lieutenant George Hastings of the Saint Louis Police Department is back in action in Goodbye Sister Disco; he had been previously seen in The Betrayers.

Joining up with his good friend and colleague Sergeant Joe Klosterman, Hastings faces an unusually challenging case when a young lawyer is murdered and his companion is kidnapped. The poor little rich girl Cordelia Penmark - as Hastings will discover - has been grabbed by a ragtag crew of mismatched personalities whose disparate motivations go far beyond a simple ransom demand (which the abducted college senior's multi-billionaire father, Gene Penmark, can easily afford); the kidnappers have an agenda, and Cordelia - despite her attempts to ingratiate herself with her captors - seems increasingly powerless as a caught-in-the-middle victim.

Dealing with the difficult Penmark family - including the father, divorced mother, and current stepmother - Hastings, as he pursues the murderers and kidnappers, has other obstacles and distractions: the FBI is involved in the case (and that usually spells t-r-o-u-b-l-e for Hastings; his ex-wife and daughter are complicating his personal life; he is facing dwindling hopes of actually moving on with his personal life by pursuing new romantic relationships; and supervisors at the police department - as if in league with the FBI - continue to frustrate his professional focus.

Succeeding as an enthusiastically recommended first-class police-procedural with plenty of suspense and compelling characterizations, Goodbye Sister Disco further cements the author's growing reputation for writing top-notch crime thrillers dominated by lots of action, great characters, and loads of twists-and-turns in carefully crafted plots.

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