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Stephen R. Donaldson is one of America's acclaimed storytellers. But in the 1980s, he published three novels about private investigators Mick Axbrewder and Ginny Fistoulari, as paperback originals under the pseudonym "Reed Stephens." In 2001, Tor published a fourth novel about these characters, The Man Who Fought Alone, this time in hardcover under Donaldson's own name. Now Donaldson has returned to the first three novels in the sequence, rewriting and expanding them. The Man Who Killed His Brother was the first, and The Man Who Risked His Partner is the second of the three.

Mick "Brew" Axbrewder is a P.I. who's seen better days. Deeply into alcoholism, some time back, he accidentally shot and killed a cop. Worse, the cop turned out to be his brother. Even worse, in a case not long after that, his partner Ginny Fistoulari blew off her own left hand, protecting him and others.

Now Mick works mostly as hired muscle for Ginny. They don't talk much. But their latest client's story doesn't add up. They're going to have to start working better together. And Brew's going to have to face some of his own worst fears.

Published: Macmillan Publishers on Nov 25, 2004
ISBN: 9781429973052
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The second of the Mick Axbrewder PI stories. Somewhat less velivable than the first alough I'm not too sure why.Mick has now been sober for 6 months caring for Ginny who's arm has physically recovered after the bomb explosion at the end of the last book. This is immidiately suspect - both for the alcoholic and the rate of Ginney's recovery. At least however Ginny's mental state is still somwhat fragile, and she hasn't got over the loss of her hand. Although not bitter about it, she hasn't recieved any acclaim about her heroism and having to rely on Mick makes her doubt her former tough status. Mick is desperate to see her return to her former abilities and agrees to take on a bodyguarding case without knowing all the details. It turns out that the accountant who hired him needs protection from 'el senior' the local gangster baron - hardly the weakest of opponents for the duo to guard him from. Their job is made that much harder when they realise their client has been (and continues to) lie to them.Same noir vein as before but, somehow none of the characters quite work as well as previously. A readable continuation though.read more
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The second of the Mick Axbrewder PI stories. Somewhat less velivable than the first alough I'm not too sure why.Mick has now been sober for 6 months caring for Ginny who's arm has physically recovered after the bomb explosion at the end of the last book. This is immidiately suspect - both for the alcoholic and the rate of Ginney's recovery. At least however Ginny's mental state is still somwhat fragile, and she hasn't got over the loss of her hand. Although not bitter about it, she hasn't recieved any acclaim about her heroism and having to rely on Mick makes her doubt her former tough status. Mick is desperate to see her return to her former abilities and agrees to take on a bodyguarding case without knowing all the details. It turns out that the accountant who hired him needs protection from 'el senior' the local gangster baron - hardly the weakest of opponents for the duo to guard him from. Their job is made that much harder when they realise their client has been (and continues to) lie to them.Same noir vein as before but, somehow none of the characters quite work as well as previously. A readable continuation though.
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