Publisher: Berkley
Page Count: 244
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Publication Date: May 1997

Print History:
1.) Mass market paperback original.

Welcome to the Saguaro Riptide Motel...

It's a seedy little surf joint in Arizona where the not-so-elite meet - for the biggest disharmonic convergence since the invention of gunpowder. Ex-boxing champ Jack "Battle-Ax" Baddalach will be there. So will Muslim hit man Woodrow Saad Muhammad. Sheriff Wyetta Earp is due as well, she of the black belt and bad manners. And Major Kate Benteen, a bikini-clad war hero who was once an Olympic diver, is in room 23. Between them, they've got lots of fingers in a two-million-dollar mafia pie. Everyone wants the cash. Everyone's got a gun. And not even a guest appearance by a shotgun- toting Elvis impersonator will keep things from getting ugly...

"Great use of desert setting, and written in a deadpan ironic style that recalls writers such as Elmore Leonard and Ross Thomas. Booklist says ‘Partridge writes with a rock beat—disco crossed with hard-slammin’ punk.’ Hmmmm… disco? No way, man… this is ROCK ’N’ ROLL turned up to eleven, man! A real hoot, and a Gonzo treat. Highly recommended."

"The remarkable things here are the energy and the non-stop flow of invention with which the author invests each scene and each character. There is not a scene in this book that sounds as if it might have been written by anyone other than Norman Partridge."
Cemetery Dance

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