Thriller Imagines a Killing at Tenjune, $2 Beers at Plug Uglies

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Well, it was only a matter of time. Prosecutor turned thriller writer Alafair Burke’s latest novel, Angel’s Tip, is based on the club killings of Jennifer Moore and Imette St. Guillen. The novel begins with the murder of Chelsea Hart, an Indiana college student last seen throwing back martinis at club “Pulse,” and quickly delves into the grisly horrors of bottle-service markups, VIP-room lotharios, and coked-up models. Although defunct midtown club Runway (the inspiration for club Pulse) isn’t mentioned by name, other bars and restaurants sure are!

Mesa Grill, for instance, is full of “drunken, overgrown frat boys knocking back tequila shots.” Plug Uglies gets a shout-out for its $2 happy hour (actually, happy-hour beers are up to $3) . Dos Caminos is described as being “a bit of a scene” but having “tasty margaritas.” Even tiny lil’ Johnny’s Bar is endorsed as a “kick ass watering hole” (true), but our favorite scene takes place inside of Tenjune, where the killer claims one of his five party-girl victims. Apparently you have to “be somebody or know somebody” to get into the club, after which “a pit stop to the ladies room could be a fifteen minute wait, depending on the length of the line and the number of girls using the stalls to get high.” Heh. This writer really did her research.

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