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When recently divorced stage actress Sheila Mackenzie, nee Ryan, meets sometime male stripper and full-time operator Bobby Squared, she discovers inside her reserved self a furiously passionate, sharp-witted, hard-bitten, and very unpredictable Sheila she never knew. Call her Doyle. Hooked on Bobby, Sheila soon finds herself involved with Cuban gangsters, neo-Nazi gun-runners, Rastafarian hitmen, Italian drug dealers, and trigger-happy rednecks. She also picks up some trigger skills of her own. She needs them, too, because unwittingly she and Bobby have become entangled in a deadly net of vice and vengeance that could turn the private army of Cuban political exile Juan Jose Medina against them all. The ruthless Medina may never forget a face, but actress Sheila Mackenzie, nee Ryan, a.k.a. Sheila Doyle, has more than a few of them - and some talents her stage career never tested. Only now she's playing for keeps and playing for real. And it could be curtains.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780752856025
ISBN-10: 0752856022
Format: Hardback
(244mm x 162mm x 35mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Orion
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publish Date: 18-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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US Kirkus Review » Once upon a time, Sheila Ryan was an aspiring actress-all right, her experience was limited to a single adult film-and acting teacher. On the day her friends take her to a Fort Lauderdale strip club to celebrate her divorce from Scott McKenzie, Esq., though, one of the male dancers catches her eye, and vice versa. Next morning she wakes up in bed with Robert Roberts ("Bobby Squared"), and from then on, nothing in her life is routine. When he's not honing his solo skills on the dance floor, Bobby and his partner Solomon Bilstein, a.k.a. Sol Rogers, make a living as freelance couriers of guns and money ("Drugs?" "Not if I can help it")-a profession that guarantees an eventful lifestyle for themselves, Bobby's dog Hoshi, and the newly made-over Sheila, who feels so little like the old gray Sheila that she celebrates by dubbing herself Sheila Doyle. Embroiled as innocent middlemen in a gun-selling deal between exiled Cuban gangster Juan Jose Medina and Reverend Tom Miller, or the Aryan Mountain Kirk, Bobby and Sol manage to get on Medina's bad side. But although the fearsome ganglord dedicates himself to their destruction, memoirist Jordan (A Nice Tuesday, 1999, etc.) provides only a season's worth of glamorous, fast-moving, weightless TV intrigue, TV dialogue, and cable-TV sex, all aimed squarely at the 12-to-18-year-old male demographic that doesn't read all that many novels. Still, you've got to have a warm spot for a thriller in which virtually everybody but the dog has at least one alias. (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - Pat Jordan

Pat Jordan is the author of A FALSE SPRING, A NICE TUESDAY, BLACK COACH and the novel THE CHEAT, among other books, and is a contributor to numerous national magazines, including the New York Times Magazine. He lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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