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A bracing and ingeniously cast L.A. crime novel from Edgar Award--winner Thomas Perry


An aging but formidable strip club owner, Claudiu "Manco" Kapak, is robbed by a masked gunman as he places his cash receipts in a bank's night-deposit box. Enraged, he sends out half a dozen security men to find the witless culprit. Their search leads them to Joe Carver, an innocent but hardly defenseless newcomer who evades capture and sets out to make Kapak wish he'd targeted someone else. Meanwhile, the real burglar, Jefferson Davis Falkins, and his new girlfriend Carrie seem to believe they've found a whole new profession: robbing Manco Kapak. Lieutenant Nick Slosser, the police detective in charge of the puzzling and increasingly violent case, has his own troubles, including worries about how he's going to afford to send the oldest child of each of his two bigamous marriages to college without making their mothers suspicious. As this strange series of events explodes into a triple killing, Carver finds himself in the middle of a brewing gang war over Kapak's little empire, while Falkins and Carrie journey into territory more dangerous than they could have ever imagined.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, c2010.
ISBN: 9780151015221
Characteristics: 344 p. ;,24 cm.


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Mar 09, 2019

He could write a cook book and I would read it. LA in all it strange glory. The land of fruits and nuts with guns and opportunity and everyone hunting for a piece of the action.

ChristchurchLib Sep 09, 2013

"Someone has robbed aging strip-club owner and low-level gangster Manco Kapak. His thugs think the culprit is L.A. newcomer Joe Carver (it's not) and attempt to get rid of him. But Carver's not defenseless, and when his innocence continues to be disputed, he counterattacks with a vengeance, putting Kapak in hot water with higher-ups in the drug world, while the actual thief and his sociopathic new love step up their crime spree. Meanwhile, the detective in charge of solving the crimes is distracted by the financial pressures of his two secret families. There's a lot going on here, but author Thomas Perry handles the multiple plot strands and one-of-a-kind characters with ease, making Strip "pure, unadulterated fun" (Library Journal)." September 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter

Jun 26, 2013

I first read this when I had the flu, which must have clouded my judgment terribly - - it is really a grand book, superb throughout.
Equal parts Shakespeare, Atom Egoyan and extreme noir!
Easily one of Perry's Top Ten, possibly Top Five [I put Metzger's Dog, the Big Fish and Island in the Top Three]!
It often irks me that in Thomas Perry's books, everybody or almost everybody, is crooked, but given my experience in the workplace [private sector] over the past five decades, I must agree with him!

Feb 06, 2013

Very interesting story about the seedy side of police, bars, thieves, murders, strip clubs and bigamists. 9 of 10 stars

hermlou Nov 07, 2011

The plot is solid, and the action is non-stop. "Strip" is a book for readers who don't mind seedy characters, beatings, and shootings. I enjoyed reading it but had an uncomfortable feeling that it was written in hopes of a movie contract. It is a harsher version of Donald Westlake's Dortmunder gang.

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