CRANG Plays the Ace
Mayhem, Murder and Mystery…Crang is on the case. Mystery and comedy mix in this entertaining novel, written with the in-depth knowledge of the legal scene and the easygoing style that have made bestsellers of Batten’s previous books.
Straight No Chaser
Classic Batten – on the rocks. Jazz. Cocaine. Vietnamese triads. Dope-dealing yuppie lawyers. Jack Batten’s got them all in his second mystery novel starring Crang, the unconventional criminal lawyer with a taste for straight vodka and a nose for trouble.
In Blood Count, a man who has lost his lover to AIDS enlists Crang to help him find the man who infected him.
Criminal lawyer Crang agrees to do a favour for a family member while vacationing in the French Riviera, but his attempts find him stuck in a series of tight spots. Lurking in the background is a fraud set-up tangled up in a murder, forcing Crang to solve the riddles if he wants to unravel the case.
It’s the long-awaited return of the jazz-loving, vodka-swilling, criminal lawyer and detective Crang!
Keeper of the Flame
When his popular hip-hop artist client is blackmailed, Crang stumbles on a porn operation and an unexpected case of murder.
Mystery-solving criminal lawyer Crang returns to investigate the disappearance of two rare books.
The smart-talking, wise-cracking, jazz-loving criminal lawyer has got a taste for straight vodka and a nose for trouble. No one could ever accuse Crang of being a superhero, but with his usual mixture of innate cool and naive enthusiasm he brings the villains to justice.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jack Batten, after a brief and unhappy career as a lawyer, has been a very happy writer for many years. The author of forty books, Batten has also reviewed jazz for the Globe and Mail and, for twenty-five years, movies on CBC Radio. He currently writes the bi-weekly "Whodunit" column in the Toronto Star. He lives in Toronto.
Keeper of the Flame is hot off the press.
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