(From back cover)
"Fall down funny ... a plot that never stops for gas ... for originality, ingenuity, and moxie, the inimitable Mr. Gores takes the Caddy." - NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
In Stubenville, Iowa, an old man attempts to get on a department store escalator but takes a death-defining freestyle tumble instead. A few hours later, in the San Francisco Bay area, brand-new Cadillacs begin disappearing. In come the street-smart private eyes of Daniel Kearny Associates, only to find out it won't be so easy to bring in the herd. It seems tag-teaming Gypsies want the Caddies for a funeral that would make both Motown and Elvis proud, not to mention their not-so-surefooted aging King. Countering the Gypsies scam for scam, the DKA's repomen and -women plunge into a dangerous, fuel-exhaustive duel of wits that takes them from Hawaii to Chicago to New York - and leads to the ultimate scam of them all...
"Fast, furious, and funny, Gores' thriller is packed with pure enjoyment from start to finish." - San Diego Union-Tribune
Like Dashiell Hammett, Joe Gores actually worked as a private eye before he became a mystery writer. He is the winner of three Edgar Awards and broad critical acclaim for his Daniel Kearny Associates series and his other novels, teleplays, and screenplays.
An old man tries to get on a department store escalator only to take a freestyle tumble, instead. A few hours later, brand new Cadillacs egin disappearing. Daniel Kearny Associates, street smart private eyes, enter the picture.
Fast, furious and funny.
Interesting premise, ending just a little too neat, but still a good read!
From the dust jacket: "It begins in the small Iowa town of Steubenville, where a seemingly respectable citizen takes a head-over-heels tumble on a department store escalator. As if on cue, Cadillacs-31 in all-start disappearing from lots in the San Francisco Bay area, as a team of scam artists use phone fraud, bank fraud, and pure criminal genius to do one California bank out of $1.3 million worth of Detroit's finest.
The bank wants those cars back, and turns to Daniel Kearny Associates to get it done. Rock-jawed, relentless Dan Kearny puts his best agents, as well as two new ones, on the case. It doesn't take long for Kearny's team to find out what they're up against: Gyppos. Con artists, scammers, liars, thieves and dangerous charmers, Gypsies are one nation united in street crime. And since the escalator fall has mortally wounded their beloved King, they've decided to get to his funeral in Cadillac style. But there's one more Cadillac to contend with: the shocking pink 1958 Calillac ragtop convertible the dying leader insists on being buried in. The Gypsy who can get his hands on one is sure to be the next King...or Queen."