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erlinski
, D
avid
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Less Than Meets the Eye.
New York, St.Martin’s, 1994.
University life in Northern California is the setting for a private in­
vestigator (Aaron Asherfeld) who is hired to find out who murdered a
professor. The development o f the main charcter leaves something to
be desired, but the setting, the intrigue and the collegiate atmosphere
make the book an enjoyable read.
B
rennan
, C
arol
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Headhunt.
New York: Caroil and Graf, 1991.
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Full Commission.
New York: Caroll and Graf, 1993.
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In the Dark.
New York: Berkley, 1995
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Chill ofthe Summer.
New York: Putnam, 1995.
Brennan has given us a public relations executive (Liz Wareham),
who ends up solving mysteries while working in the middle o fManhat­
tan. Her third book introduces an actress (Emily Silver) who touches
upon her half-Jewish roots and tries to solve the murder of her parents
and then gets caught up in part o f her late grandmother’s country life.
This character continues in the most recent book but the excitement
o f New York city life has been replaced by the more languid country
existence.
C
oben
, H
arlan
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Deal Breaker.
New York: Dell, 1995
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Dropshot.
New York: Dell, 1996
Meet an ex-basketball player, ex-FBI agent, present lawyer (Myron
Bolitar) and sports agent. He lives with his parents in suburban New
Jersey, drinks Yoo-Hoo and is partners with a WASP named W in who
also happens to be a marital arts expert. The characters are a little un­
believable and Myron has no particular interest in exploring any aspect
o f his Jewish identity, but if one likes sports and New York, one might
want to read about Myron.
C
ohen
, S
tephen
P
aul
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Island ofSteel.
New York: Morrow, 1988.
This story takes place amid the ruthless New York real estate world,
including lawyers, contractors and financiers. In all this there is a
fledgling private eye (Eddie Margolis) who is a recovering alcoholic
and trying his best to make sense of everything going on around him.
D
elman
, D
avid
.
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Murder in the Family.
Garden City: Doubleday, 1972.