Sunday, September 30, 2007

Cries & Whiskers-Clea Simon

Cries & Whiskers
Clea Simon
Poisoned Pen, Nov 2007, $24.95
ISBN 9781590584644

Theda Krakow covers the Cambridge-Boston music scene. The freelance Boston based journalist has noticed at her favorite club, a new designer drug has become popular.

At the same time she begins her inquiry into the latest music drug helix, over the top animal rights activist Gail Womynfriend, who championed wild animals and detested pets, is killed in a hit and run that the cops believe was no accident. An autopsy revealed that the victim had dangerous toxic levels of strychnine in her blood. Theda’s pregnant friend who is careful about taking anything is drugged at the club that they frequent. When her beloved cat Musetta vanishes an upset Theda goes berserk searching for her feline only to receive a threatening call. None of these incidents seem linked except in Theda’s mind although she has not found the connection between any two let alone all of them. On top of all this, her friends are acting strange as if they are involved with one or all of strange happenings and her boyfriend Bill the homicide cop wants her to drop out of the music scene.

The third Theda Krakow investigative tale (see MEW IS FOR MURDER and CATTERY ROW) is an entertaining mystery as the heroine’s seemingly unrelated incidents are for the most part personal in nature. Theda’s mind is full of anxiety over finding Musetta safe and sound, and her concern for her friends especially Tess who are acting strange. Although Bill’s demands seem unreasonable as music reporting is what Theda does, animal lovers will appreciate this fine thriller as Theda looks for the string that ties everything together with the only nebulous link being animal rights extremism.

Harriet Klausner

1 comment:

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勤)今(13)日發布 酒店上班重大訊息,包美及子公司璞建設合 寒假打工計以100億元價格出售集團所擁有亞百貨大樓B1、B2、1~2F及6~1 暑假打工4-1F,共14個樓層、約12826建坪予邦人壽,其中勤處分收益約14.14億元 酒店PT,璞建設處分利益約28.4億元,勤美可依持股比例60.88%認列。

勤表示,集團早在2006年3月起 禮服酒店,由旗下璞真建設開始購買亞百貨的不良債權,後又陸續在2007年底向台產資產管理股份有限公司以21.82億元取得1~2F產權;2008年3月透過法院公開標售,以37.168億元 兼差取得6~14-1F共10個樓層的產權;其後又在2008年5月法院公開標售B1及B2兩個樓 打工層時,以16.69億元承受而取得其所有權,並在2009年4月開出第一張美的發票。

美說,耗時3年多的整合,終讓 台北酒店經紀亞百貨大樓成為一棟沒有不良債權陰影的商業大樓,並以處分的方式實現其整合利益,可以看出美轉型成多 酒店經紀角化的地產開發商的苦心及整合能力。

美指出,環百貨大樓地處 酒店打工辦公室租金最高區域之ㄧ的敦北商圈,又因松山機場及小巨蛋,有著極高的國際能見度;加上施工中的捷運松山線、及即將開幕的台北金融中心及東方文華 酒店兼差酒店,實為台北市內獨一無二的地標性的建築。

勤表示,以100億元的價格處分 酒店兼職給邦人壽,對勤集團來說,除可以獲取不錯的整合利益,更樂見新東家得以繼續享有及整合敦北商圈發展未來的 酒店工作增值空間,可以說是一個雙方都滿意的結果。



勤表示,董事會同時通過美集團、璞真建設將 酒店先捐出1000萬元響應莫拉克颱風台灣災民的急難救助。
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