The Ace of Spades

The Ace of Spades The Ace of Spades continues the case histories of Mendoza the Mexican detective of the Los Angeles Police Department Lt Mendoza specializes in homicides he has brains uncanny flair wealth a passio

  • Title: The Ace of Spades
  • Author: Dell Shannon
  • ISBN: 9780575046191
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Ace of Spades continues the case histories of Mendoza, the Mexican detective of the Los Angeles Police Department Lt Mendoza specializes in homicides he has brains, uncanny flair, wealth, a passion for justice and Abyssinian cats He has a weakness for poker and Alison Weir, the central female character in his life.Mendoza s new case enters Homicide through the bacThe Ace of Spades continues the case histories of Mendoza, the Mexican detective of the Los Angeles Police Department Lt Mendoza specializes in homicides he has brains, uncanny flair, wealth, a passion for justice and Abyssinian cats He has a weakness for poker and Alison Weir, the central female character in his life.Mendoza s new case enters Homicide through the back door of Stolen Property in this instance the old fashioned jalopy, belonging to the redhead Alison Weir.The story fast becomes entrangled with importers, museums, and a mysterious Madam K.A chance scrap of paper begins as exciting, detective chain of events, quickly leading to high tension as Mendoza realizes that the life of the woman he loves is in danger.

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    1. Pseudonym of Elizabeth Linington.Barbara Elizabeth Linington March 11, 1921 April 5, 1988 was a prolific American novelist She was awarded runner up scrolls for best first mystery novel from the Mystery Writers of America for her 1960 novel, Case Pending, which introduced her most popular series character, LAPD Homicide Lieutenant Luis Mendoza Her 1961 tome, Nightmare, and her 1962 novel, Knave of Hearts, another entry in the Mendoza series, were both nominated for Edgars in the Best Novel category Regarded as the Queen of the Procedurals, she was one of the first women to write police procedurals a male dominated genre of police story writing.She was born in Aurora, Kane County, Illinois and died on April 5, 1988 in Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo County, California During much of her career she was represented by literary agent Barthold Fles.Besides crime, Linington also took interest in archaeology, the occult, gemstones, antique weapons and languages.

    2. In the second book of the Luis Mendoza story, a body is found in the streets and the apparent cause is a drug overdose. As the homicide unit begins to look into the case, Luis is not sure. Alison's car is stolen and the events around the car begin to blend into the death of the young man. Before long Luis is involved with stolen jewelry and insurance fraud. Will Luis solve the case before Alison is hurt? I highly recommend this book and series.

    3. "Ace" is the second Luis Mendoza book. Alison's car is stolen. The body of a blameless young immigrant shows up. Alison discovers an odd coin in her car. Do any of these clues connect?

    4. #2 in the Luis Mendoza series. This 1961 police procedural is mild by today's standards but it was groundbreaking for a Latino Homicide Lt. and a female writer in a male dominated field. The homicide crew decides that a drug overdose is not an accident or suicide and now must find the murderer. Mendoza's girl has her car stolen (we'll find that it's because the car is an old standard shift) and recovered a few days later with a clue vital to bringing the two cases together.A fun read and nostalg [...]

    5. Though young I lived in Los Angeles in 1961, when this book was published. The toponomy is correct -- Pico, Wiltshire Blvd and Exposition Park being judiciously scattered through the prose. But the 'feel', the sense of place, is not that of Los Angeles. The style is also a turgid reminder of a clotted stream of consciousness, even as the characters are not very credible other than as figures of straw. In short, I can't recommend this.

    6. I imagine that even when this police procedural was written in 1961 it was already dated--the Los Angeles described here sounds like one from a decade earlier. The portrayal of crime syndicates are dated as well, and don't get me started on the simplistic female characters. Yet the Luiz Mendoza character is interesting to observe.

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