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Greasing the Pinata
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"Madcap entertainment—fast, funny and fab."
   —NY Times bestseller John Lescroart

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A  former U.S. Senator disappears shortly after his son goes missing. When the son is found dead at the bottom of a water hazard on a golf course in Mexico, it falls to the Senator's estranged daughter to find out what happened.

Private investigator Cape Weathers doesn't want the case. He doesn't know the terrain and he doesn't like politicians. But he suspects the daughter won't survive very long if he turns her away. He doesn't know the half of it.

Cape unravels a conspiracy that leads from boardrooms in New York to places in Mexico never seen on any postcard. When his investigation gets the attention of a Mexican drug cartel, Cape asks his deadly companion Sally to watch his back. Sally confronts a killer even more dangerous than she is, someone determined to bury the past along with anyone trying to dig it up.

Miles away from home and nowhere near finding the answers, Cape manages to steal from the mob, piss off the DEA, alienate the local police, confound a computer genius, and somehow lose the client he's been protecting all along.

Greasing The Piñata is a novel about family, politics, and the devastating effects of tequila on a private detective's investigative abilities.

Greasing The Piñata is the third Cape Weathers Investigation, coming to bookstores December 2008.

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Hardcover (Poisoned Pen Press), December 2008, 978-1590585665



"Maleeny smoothly mixes wry humor and a serious plot without sacrificing either in his third Cape Weathers mystery...an appealing hero, well-crafted villains, snappy dialogue and an energetic plot."
   —Publishers Weekly

"A cracking good mystery definitely not for the faint of heart but just right for readers who like a gritty crime novel with a labyrinth of plot twists."
   —Library Journal

"The Cape Weathers novels are smart, snappily written, energetic mysteries starring an engaging hero."

"Maleeny is a talent to watch and stick with."
   —Bruce Grossman, Bookgasm

"Maleeny is the kind of writer that makes you want to jump in the passenger seat and go for the ride—okay, maybe with eyes jammed shut and your hands gripping the arm rest—but then you want to go again."
   —Don Winslow, bestselling author of The Dawn Patrol

"Tim Maleeny nails it with this new installment from Cape Weathers. It's an intriguing murder mystery crossed with a fast-paced political thriller. The whole thing is tied together with a witty protagonist and a finely tuned sense of humor. In Greasing The Piñata, just as in Mexico, anything can happen, and most of it does."
   —Bill Fitzhugh, bestselling author of Pest Control and Organ Grinders

"Tim Maleeny holds a razor to your throat from page one through the final breathless chapter. Snarling, fast, and relentless, Greasing the Piñata rips open our cultural underbelly, spilling exotic characters around the incomparable Cape Weathers and his lethal sidekick, Sally."
   —Brent Ghelfi, award-winning author of Volk's Game

"A fast-paced tale starring a terrific lead detective supported by a kick butt Asian partner battling against realistic killers."
   —Harriet Klausner