By Joseph Valentinetti
KIRKUS REVIEWS: The object that drops Denver car salesman Quitman Oâ€™Neil into a world of trouble is a 1964-D Peace dollar. Never heard of it? Right, thatâ€™s the point: The whole issue was destroyed except for a single survivor that Quitman findsâ€“and casually pocketsâ€“ in the apartment of current lover Helen Costello. Word gets out in a couple of spare, breezy scenes, and suddenly Quitmanâ€™s partner Marty Martinez is dead; Helen is dead, horribly; and the killer, Lester VanDyk, strong right arm of monomaniacal coin- collector Henry Lyman, is ready to get really nasty. The only obstacles between the bad guys and their $1 grail are Quitman, his remaining lover, Maria Stevensonâ€“who just happens to be the homicide chiefâ€™s jailbait daughterâ€“and, of course, the double- crossing numismatists themselves. And Quitman, by now, has the advantage of not even wanting the $2 million the coin could bring: â€œHe didnâ€™t care about the money, he just wanted to have it. A way to count who was winning.â€ â€¦Valentinettiâ€™s sparsely peopled payoff is something of a letdown. But he shapes scenes with a sizzling terseness thatâ€™ll make you tingle. Like Hemingway, this guy knows just what to leave out.
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