Picasso Was a Punk

by Walt Herring



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/7/2003

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 140
ISBN : 9781403382948
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 140
ISBN : 9781403382955
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 140
ISBN : 9781403382962

About the Book

Detective Sgt. JOE SCANLON is a tough Philadelphia cop called to the scene of the crucifixion murder of an African-American boy. Within minutes of that murder, Scanlon is dispatched to the double homicide of a rich, Main Line white couple at the Art Museum. Scanlon and his partner CLAY MATTHEWS try to solve the cases before the city explodes in a race war, and Scanlon finds himself falling in love with the murdered woman’s sister, TRACY WALLS, a Grace Kelly look-a-like.

Scanlon’s former lover Officer NIKKI RUIZ is assigned to help with the investigations, and they find themselves tracking a serial killer named JESUS MARTINEZ. As Scanlon closes in on Martinez, the killer lures Ruiz into a trap. Martinez paralyzes Ruiz and leaves her to die in an abandoned factory in North Philadelphia. As the city erupts in a race riot, the child-killer strikes again; a second boy is found crucified in Fairmount Park. Scanlon believes a priest or a cop is the murderer.

Tracy Walls is targeted by Martinez, and Scanlon races to rescue her as she is stalked through the closed Art Museum. Scanlon saves Tracy, and shoots Martinez, who falls dead into the famous “Rocky” fountain.

About the Author

Walt Herring is an award-winning writer and editor who worked at major newspapers across the United States, including the St. Petersburg Times, the Philadelphia Daily News and the Detroit News.

During his newspaper career Herring won five National Headliner Awards and a Clarion Award for his investigative journalism in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and for coverage of human rights violations in South Africa and El Salvador.

Herring also taught writing at the University of Washington in Seattle. Herring lives on Treasure Island, on Florida’s West Coast, where he is at work on his third novel.