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The Chairman's Toys    by Graham Reed order for
Chairman's Toys
by Graham Reed
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Poisoned Pen, 2018 (2018)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Jack Constable has been trying to go straight in Vancouver, British Columbia. That's not easy to do when you've got a dubious past, and friends have talked you into throwing a party in the very house you are being paid to house-sit and keep safe!

To make matters worse, an uninvited guest is found dead in one of the bathrooms in this elegant and very exclusive, high-end home. Also, one of the guests is a violent drug dealer known only as The Norwegian. He wanders through the plot at frightening intervals.

Jack's ex-wife had arranged the gig to help him get back on the right track. Getting on the right track seems like a losing proposition for Jack. Things go from bad to worse when the owner of this house, Mickey Wu, comes home early and finds the dead body. He is against calling in the cops. While Wu manufactures men's thong underwear, his main moneymakers are drugs!

Jack thinks nothing more could go wrong, and he can dig himself out of the hole he has found himself in. Wishing he could revive his dead marriage isn't a help at all. After a lovely night with his ex, she lets him know in certain terms and tone that idea is dead in the water.

Jack survives many meetings with those with whom he would rather not fraternize. As things go from bad to worse, Jack hits on what he feels will be the answer to his woes. Through it all, he never loses his send of humor.

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