|Seeing the Elephant (1992) [Novel]|
by Les Roberts
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(From the publisher):
Tradition dictates that a bad-news phone call, the kind that hits you just under the heart and turns whatever is flowing in your veins to ice water, is supposed to come in the uncertain dark of the middle of the night.
Such is the wisdom of Saxon, the Los Angeles actor/private investigator. The phone call that sets Seeing the Elephant in motion comes instead on a Friday evening at seven, but offers bad news nonetheless. Saxon's old friend and drinking buddy, Gavin Cassidy, has been found dead, ostensibly of a lethal combination of drugs and alcohol in a rundown Chicago hotel.
Although Saxon hadn't seen Cassidy in ten years, he feels compelled -- by both obligation and curiosity -- to take the red-eye to Chicago for Gavin's funeral. He arrives to find his old crowd -- and the old town -- much changed, and encounters rumors that Gavin's death might not have been accidental. Had Gavin Cassidy, a career cop, finally 'seen the elephant,' police parlance for becoming involved in a life-threatening situation, and been unable to extricate himself before it was too late?
Saxon's unofficial investigation into his friend's death is hindered by the still-strong Chicago political machine bosses -- and by the presence of his long-estranged, ex-con father, Jimmy Saxon.
Original title: Seeing the Elephant
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Noir