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Always a Body to Trade

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Country  USA
Publisher  David R. Godine
Media type  Print (Hardback)
Originally published  1983
Followed by  Upon Some Midnights Clear
Genre  Novel
3.9/5 Goodreads

Language  English
Publication date  1983
Pages  248
Author  K. C. Constantine
Page count  248
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Preceded by  The Man Who Liked Slow Tomatoes
Rocksburg, Pennsylvania mystery books  Saving Room for Dessert, Good Sons, Cranks and Shadows, Family Values, Bottom Liner Blues

Always a Body To Trade is a crime novel by the American writer K.C. Constantine set in 1980s Rocksburg, a fictional, blue-collar, Rustbelt town in Western Pennsylvania (modeled on the author's hometown of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, adjacent to Pittsburgh).

Mario Balzic is the protagonist, an atypical detective for the genre, a Serbo-Italian American cop, middle-aged, unpretentious, a family man who asks questions and uses more sense than force.

The novel tells the story of a double robbery in two identical apartments, rented but hardly ever used by a Pittsburgh drug dealer who's clean with the law. Then young woman is found shot dead on the street. She can't be identified, but her murder has all the appearances of a professional hit. The new mayor of Rocksburg is near hysteria, and he smears the case all over Balzic, who not only has to solve the murder but teach his nosy new boss the not-so-plain facts of police work.

It is the sixth book in the 17-volume Rocksburg series.

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