The Black Marble

Then, “Tell me, Valnikov, did you ever feel like you always pick the black marble?” “The black marble?” “Yeah, remember Itchy Mitch?” she said, scratching under her bra strap. “The black marble.” “No, I don't think I ever felt like that ...

The Black Marble

Russian-American Detective A.A. Valnikov is a divorced, burned-out LAPD homicide detective who gets teamed with Natalie Zimmerman, twice-divorced with a grudge against men. These unlikely partners are assigned a strange case of a stolen show dog being held for ransom. In this bittersweet tale that the Los Angeles Times called "terrifying and romantic," the partners will find much more than they ever could have imagined. Cosmopolitan called it "Fast, colorful and gripping ... as touching as it is breathlessly entertaining."

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