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Author: Michael Craft
ISBN: 0312342705
Language: English
Pages: 256 pages
Category: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Minotaur Books (July 1, 2005)
Rating: 4.8
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My seventh Mark Manning mystery, "Bitch Slap," marks the end of a series that has seen our hero grapple not only with unexplained death, but with a sequence of life-altering events - coming out as a gay may, committing to his partner, flirting with infidelity, "inheriting" a child, then adjusting again to the empty nest.

Book in the Mark Manning Mystery Series). Journalist Mark Manning has been successfully running his family's newspaper, The Dumont Daily Register, for several years now, and he sits on the board of two local companies, Quatro Press and Ashton Mills. So when the respective CEOs of these companies discuss a merger, it is only natural that Manning be interested in the proceedings.

My seventh Mark Manning mystery, "Bitch Slap," marks the end of a series that has seen our hero grapple not only with unexplained death, but with a sequence of life-altering events - coming out as a gay may, committing to hi. .

My seventh Mark Manning mystery, "Bitch Slap," marks the end of a series that has seen our hero grapple not only with unexplained death, but with a sequence of life-altering events - coming out as a gay may, committing to his partner, flirting with infidelity, "inheriting" a child, then adjusting again to the empty nest. By the end of the novel, Manning learns the most important lesson of his life, and in doing so, he becomes more human - if a bit less heroic. Seasoned mystery readers will discover that "Bitch Slap" is a most unconventional whodunit, with a plot that takes a neck-snapping turn at an unexpected moment. So fasten your seat belts, and enjoy the ride.

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Journalist Mark Manning has been successfully running his family's newspaper, The Dumont Daily Register, for several years now, and he sits on the board of two local companies, Quatro Press and Ashton Mills

Journalist Mark Manning has been successfully running his family's newspaper, The Dumont Daily Register, for several years now, and he sits on the board of two local companies, Quatro Press and Ashton Mills. What's more, Manning's lover Neil, an architect, is designing a new house for Ashton's CEO, Gillian Reece

Mark Manning Mysteries (Volume 7). Michael Craft.

Mark Manning Mysteries (Volume 7). What's more, Manning's lover Neil, an architect, is designing a new house for Ashton's CEO, Gillian Reece. Reece is a business friend of Manning but not a friend to many else; she is generally considered overly aggressive and fastidious.

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Hey, Mark! said Todd, stepping into the kitchen from the dining room with a towel tucked through one of his belt loops.

You can read book Bitch Slap by Michael Craft in our library for absolutely free. Hey, Mark! said Todd, stepping into the kitchen from the dining room with a towel tucked through one of his belt loops. Neil said he might be late, so I thought I’d get dinner started. Sure enough, grocery bags lined one of the counters, and a heap of fresh produce peeped out from the sink. Todd, you’re a guest, I protested. You shouldn’t bother with that.

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Journalist Mark Manning has been successfully running his family's newspaper, The Dumont Daily Register, for several years now, and he sits on the board of two local companies, Quatro Press and Ashton Mills. So when the respective CEOs of these companies discuss a merger, it is only natural that Manning be interested in the proceedings. What's more, Manning's lover Neil, an architect, is designing a new house for Ashton's CEO, Gillian Reece.

Reece is a business friend of Manning but not a friend to many else; she is generally considered overly aggressive and fastidious. When Manning assigns Glee Savage, the newspaper's society reporter, to cover Reece's new home, the subsequent meeting between the two does not end well: Savage huffs off in a fury but not beforae ferociously bitch slapping Reece in front of everyone. With Reece's cheek still smarting, more bad news comes as the accountant performing due diligence for the merger reports some very questionable items regarding Ashton's books.

It seems as though things couldn't go much worse for the unpleasant Reece. That is, until she is murdered. The discovery of her body is greeted with great surprise, but perhaps not much regret on the part of most who knew her. Still, with Manning's friend and employee Glee Savage as the obvious and primary suspect, he cannot resist wading in to this most unsound of business dealings.

Comments (7)
Zololmaran
I could have wished for a different ending, and I also tend to think in right and wrong. Makes it hard t decide right now if their is a moral to take to Hart.

But I loved the richness of the plots and characters of the Mark Manning series every last one is worth reading, he has a knack of creating small inconsequential bits of character developments in each story that allows you to feel that Mark Manning at least is a real person that can be flawed.

I like also that it provides some guidance, call it morality to gay individuals and healthier relationships both friends and deeper relationships.

I do hope we haven't heard the last of the characters, But if it had to end it's good it ended on such a personal emotional and ethical question.

The only other book that comes close I'd Agatha Christies "who murdered Roger Acyrod".

Plots are different but both times my reaction at first cheated and tricked but after some thought had to admit it was informative.

Definitely one of the better gay mystery novels out their with. Adult plot lines and real emotions and difficult plots
Best West
Many residents of tiny Dumont WI are excited that two of its largest employers, Ashton Mills and Quatro Press, are in the process of merging, a move designed to ensure the financial and commercial future of both. On the Board of Directors of both is Mark Manning, publisher of The Dumont Daily Register, the local paper, and he gave the merger his blessing. Now he is becoming aware of some possible financial irregularities having been disclosed in the pre-merger "due dilligence" audit, which Aston's CEO, Gillian Reese, discounts as irrelevant to the merger. While Reese is a business associate with whom he is on generally good terms, Mark knows that he is generally disliked for her confrontational lack of people skills, so it isn't too much of a shock when Reese turns up dead at the her new home being designed by Mark's lifepartner, Neil, who is one of the few individuals who seems to get along with her. Mark considers that the death may or may not be an accident, as the coroner initially rules it to be. After all, off the top of his head, Mark can think of several people who may have wished Ms. Reese dead, including his own society editor, Glee Savage, and Todd Draper, a curtain designer who actually was slapped by Gillian in an argument over how the curtains should look.

Author Craft includes a preface to the novel that warns that this, his seventh and final "Mark Manning Mystery" in the series, includes a few twists and turns designed to make it less predictable and more enjoyable. I can't go much into that without divulging important points of the story, but suffice it to say that the changes will make the reader realize he may not have known Mark Manning as well as he thought. It's a life-altering adventure, and not just for Mark and Neil.

The epilogue to the novel, which goes on to update you on some of the characters in the years after the action, make it apparent that Craft indeed plans to retire his Mark Manning character, at least as the star of his series of books (He may appear in the "Claire Gray" series, which include Manning's nephew as one of her students). I may be reading more into the final paragraphs than he meant, but it sounds like a hint that the decision isn't carved in stone, and, given the right circumstances, we may hear from this interesting character again. I hope so.
Kulafyn
that there will no longer be another Mark Manning mystery. Especially so, since the author never did say what happened to the house that Neil Waite designed. I mean, the house became almost like a character in the novel and I was hoping I would find out its final fate.

Oh, yes, enjoyed the jacket photograph of the hunk although what connection it has to do with the story itself is a puzzlement. Maybe to boost sales?
Darksinger
I won't rehash the plot here; it always seems redundant to do so. Suffice to say that Michael Craft has deftly [albeit too soon] written the final installment in the Mark Manning series. As always with Mr. Craft's work, there are memorable characters and intriguing plot twists, some highly unexpected ones at that. Despite being fiction, the main characters are like real people to me. They seem more like friends that I haven't seen in a while but occasionally catch up with. That's the mark of good writing.

Without divulging plot twists, I was pleasantly surprised to see Mark struggling with some personal issues. He's always been a "tight ass" in the best sense of the term, but here he had to grapple with uncomfortable issues. It made him less perfect and more human. Kudos to Mr. Craft for that touch.

Thanks, also, for giving us a glimpse into the future of these friends with the epilogue. Too often a series will end, whether by accident or design, and we'll be left with a sense of "what next?" for the characters. Knowing that things continue helps with also knowing that we've paid our last visit to Dumont to spend time with old and very dear friends.

If you've never read any of the series, this book does stand alone..... but I HIGHLY recommend that you go back to the beginning of this series with Flight Dreams and read them in sequence. You'll be very glad you did.
Datrim
This, the 7th Mark Manning novel, is the best. If you've been reading these books, you'll find the character doing some self-reflection that is different than the previous books. If you haven't read the other books, you will enjoy this twisty mystery.

Mark Manning, a journalist, sits on the board of a local company whose CEO, Gillian Reece, is definitely not the winner of the Miss Congeniality award. That's only one of the reasons she gets a bitch slap from character Glee Savage. Later, though, Reece is found murdered. Further complicating the stew is the fact that Mark's lover, Neil, is designing a house for Reece.

Didn't Glee kill Reece? You won't have a clue--and you won't guess how this turns out till you read it. The outcome is definitely a shocker, and will have you pondering the meaning of justice. Definitely a captivating, exciting mystery.