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Vanity Fire    by John M. Daniel order for
Vanity Fire
by John M. Daniel
Order:  USA  Can
Poisoned Pen, 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Five foot tall Guy Mallon is a happy man. He's a publisher of books of poetry. His best friend and lover, Carol Murphy, is also his partner. They're making ends meet. What more could a man want?

Enter the villains and Guy's perfect life explodes. A pornographer, his two cocaine-sniffing actresses, and an entrepreneurial retired businessman all walk into his life and refuse to leave. Bad goes to worse very quickly, leaving Guy to solve two murders, an arson, drug trafficking, a car theft and an assault by cartons of books. The police are of some help - minimally in Guy's mind.

Vanity Fire moves quickly through lots of action. Guy is the kind of man you'd take home to meet your mother. The locales shift from Santa Barbara to an island off the coast of Honduras. This is a good, fun read.

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