By Phillip Depoy
A lacking girl. A killer at the free. And an Atlanta deepest eye who meditates his approach to the truth....
Check out the Majestic Diner At three a.m. search for a guy named Flap and a girl named Dalliance...
Flap Tucker isn't like different deepest eyes. He's a mystic, a finder of misplaced issues, a veteran of a overseas battle who lives at the fallacious facet of city and we could his brain cross freely to nirvana. Now, within the urban that Sherman burned yet didn't bury, the place solid ol' boys and transvestite hookers go within the downtown Atlanta evening, Flap Tucker is starting the strangest case of his already unusual career.
Flap's ally, the attractive nightclub proprietor Dalliance Oglethorpe, wishes Flap to discover the vanished spouse of a millionaire scion--a half-wit who can have made the lady up within the first position. actual or now not, Flap starts off searching for one Augusta Donne, and reveals, in its place, the brutal murders of 2 topless dancers and a transvestite who used to be ritually slain. each one step of ways, the case grows extra sinister, till Flap all of sudden reaches that position simply he can pass: the place all of the universe is interconnected, the place a Zenlike fact illuminates the trail, and the place Flap Tucker, the guy with the entire solutions, is status in a killer's way....
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