1. Dead Heat

    The Michael Spraggue Mysteries

    Linda Barnes

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    To protect a senator at the Boston Marathon, private investigator turned actor Michael Spraggue must run faster than he ever has before

    Michael Spraggue receives an anonymous note requesting a meeting on the running path in the Chestnut Hill Reservoir—a favorite spot for runners training for the Boston Marathon. His muscles aching, Michael is about to throw in the towel when he sees a familiar grin. Brian Donagher is the charismatic junior senator who took Washington by storm and is now running for re-election. With him is bodyguard Pete Collatos, an ex-cop who knows Michael from his PI days. Brian has been getting death threats, and Pete wants help tracking down whoever is sending them. Michael isn’t convinced that the threats are serious—until gunfire erupts from the hill above them.

    Miraculously, no one is hurt, but Michael knows they won’t be so lucky next time because politics can get dirty in Boston. As the marathon approaches, Michael will have to sprint to keep a popular politician—and himself—alive.

    Dead Heat is the 3rd book in the Michael Spraggue Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

  2. Pub Date
    Open Road Integrated Media

Editorial Reviews

  • “A smart, lively read.” —The Detroit News

  • “The pace here is quick and the action flows smoothly. . . . . In Bitter Finish Barnes distinguished herself as a writer of entertaining and interesting mysteries. Dead Heat should add to that reputation.” —Houston Chronicle

  • “Like its predecessors, Dead Heat is worth reading. It has a civilized aura (Spraggue is, after all, a Brahmin) combined with tough police routine. Characterizations are well worked out, and when evil gets its comeuppance, the reader may start cheering.” —The Washington Post

  • “A complex murder plot, a startling final revelation . . . and fast-moving, lightly humorous entertainment throughout, featuring an uncommonly well-developed assortment of minor characters.” —Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Linda Barnes

Linda Barnes is the award-winning author of the Carlotta Carlyle mystery series. Her witty, private investigator heroine has been hailed as "a true original" by Sue Grafton. Barnes has also written the Michael Spraggue mystery series and a stand-alone novel, The Perfect Ghost. A winner of the Anthony Award and an Edgar and Shamus Award finalist, she lives in the Boston area with her husband and son. You can visit her at www.LindaBarnes.com.