The Resource High season, Jon Loomis

High season, Jon Loomis

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High season
Title
High season
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Jon Loomis
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eng
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Review
  • /*Starred Review*/ Loomis' debut novel, starring Frank Coffin, the only somewhat-willing sheriff of the resort town of Provincetown, Massachusetts, displays the sureness of pace, dead-on atmosphere, and effortless wit of a veteran pro like Robert B. Parker. Coffin fits into the Melville tradition of someone trying and failing to escape the pull of the sea and of fate: the Coffin family jinx goes back through generations of whaling accidents and extends to Coffin's brother, killed on a Swift boat in Vietnam. Inevitably, Coffin, after being landlocked as a Baltimore cop for nine years, is pulled back to the Cape and to an inner circle of hell, a tiny office in the town hall basement, right next to the boiler room. Coffin's dream of coasting by on tiny, tourist-time infractions is burst when a TV evangelist, of virulently antigay persuasion, is found strangled on a gay beach, dressed in drag. Coffin's investigation puts him and his girlfriend in ever-escalating peril. So many things are rendered perfectly in this novel: the depiction of police politics (Coffin was moved from a harbor-view office to the basement when his uncle, former chief of police, was ousted after bribery and extortion charges); the love-hate tensions of a Cape Cod tourist town; the sharp but not artificially bright dialogue; and Coffin's own rueful self-reflections. Very funny and very tense. A great read. -- Fletcher, Connie (Reviewed 08-01-2007) (Booklist, vol 103, number 22, p45)
  • Poet Loomis (Vanitas Motel ) makes an auspicious fiction debut with this mystery starring an aging Baltimore cop who becomes sheriff of his native Provincetown, Mass. Frank Coffin has to deal with a new boss intent on running the tourist town with an iron fist, a younger girlfriend uninterested in marriage but intent on having a child, a car that’s about to fall apart and memories of a multiple murder so horrific it drove him from his old job. Then, the strangled body of a vacationing TV evangelist, clad in an unflattering dress, turns up on the beach. Though the state police take over the case, various town worthies, including his boss, pressure Coffin into tracking developments. When he does, he discovers a powerful group has designs on the community and is willing to do anything to bring its plans to completion. Full of entertaining twists and sly observations, this is a perfect book for late summer reading. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed July 16, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 28, p148)
  • Eight years ago, Frank Coffin, a burned-out Baltimore homicide cop, returned home to the Cape Cod resort of Provincetown, MA. The headaches start with the murder of a vacationing, dress-wearing TV evangelist. The state police claim the case as theirs, but the mayor orders Coffin to conduct a quiet investigation that could get him in serious trouble. Either way, the elusive murderer is still in town. Written with humor and pathos and incorporating small-town philosophy, this is a terrific mystery debut. Fans of Chris Grabenstein's Jersey Shore mysteries (Tilt-a-Whirl; Whack a Mole ) may enjoy. Loomis lives in Wisconsin. --Jo Ann Vicarel (Reviewed August 15, 2007) (Library Journal, vol 132, issue 13, p54)
  • Multiple murders rock peaceful Provincetown. Sheriff Frank Coffin lands a sensitive missing person's case when Melinda Merkin asks him to investigate the apparent disappearance of her husband, the Reverend Ron Merkin. A charismatic leader in the fight against gay rights, strapping Ron is a hardcore cross-dresser, a fact Melinda would like to keep under wraps. Before long, his body is found, clad in a floral muumuu and strangled by his raspberry-colored scarf. Facing Provincetown's first murder in six years, Coffin questions his decision to relocate from the Baltimore Police Department to this gay mecca and tourist magnet. Much of this series kickoff is devoted to fleshing out Coffin's supporting cast: longtime girlfriend Jamie, who issues a sudden ultimatum for a baby; reliable deputy Lola, a lovelorn lesbian who's Coffin's closest confidante; Coffin's mother, suffering from Alzheimer's in a nursing home; and a volatile old painter named Kotowski. Undercover efforts by Coffin's deputies in drag yield humor but few leads. The identity of a second victim, a local high roller named Sonny Duarte up to his neck in shady deals, shifts suspicion away from the grieving widow but onto Kotowski, whose house has been seized by local developers. The death toll grows before Coffin deduces the identity of the ruthless killer.Loomis (The Pleasure Principle, 2001, etc.) writes with warmth and wisdom, auguring well for further Coffin adventures. (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2007)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
191594
Cataloging source
sa
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Loomis, Jon
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3562.O593
Literary form
novels
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True
Series statement
Frank Coffin mysteries
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sheriffs
  • Murder
  • Television in religion
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Cape Cod (Mass.)
Target audience
adult
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High season, Jon Loomis
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"A mystery"--Cover
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
286 pages
Isbn
9780312367695
Lccn
2007018141
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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9780312367695
Label
High season, Jon Loomis
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A mystery"--Cover
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
286 pages
Isbn
9780312367695
Lccn
2007018141
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780312367695

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