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Identity in Detective Fiction
- Sudden Death.
Garden City: Doubleday, 1972.
He Who Digs a Grave.
Garden City: Doubleday 1985.
A Jewish New York City Lieutenant (Jacob Horowitz) goes to Long
Island and eventually finds his way out West, all in the pursuit of mur­
derers. These are nice, relaxing reads filled with “chicken-soup and
matzah balls”.
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Love Kills.
New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1978.
A none-too-bright New York Private Investigator (Max Segal) tries
to catch a madman. Greenburg’s peculiar humor is evident in this title
as well as the many non-mysteries that he has written.
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-A fte r A ll These Years.
New York: Harper Collins, 1993.
As in many of Isaacs’s novels, we are back on Long Island with one-
liners, and this time a comic murder mystery. The high-school teach­
er, a divorcee (Rose Meyers), is thrown into solving the murder of her
ex. Everyone is a good guy or a bad guy and much is quite predictable,
but the laughs keep coming and of course Rose solves the murder.
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Grave Designs.
New York: Signet, 1992.
Death Benefits.
New York: Dutton, 1992.
- Firm Ambitions.
New York: Onyx, 1995.
It is time to meet a Chicago attorney (Rachel Gold) who finds out
that not all is what it seems in her staid law firm. Murder comes as a
surprise in her law work, but she handles it and other challenges quite
well. The subsequent mysteries take place in Rachel’s home town of St.
Louis, and she is victorious against great odds, even when everyone
else counts her out. Rachel’s pal Benny provides the ethnic humor and
hilarity to move the plot along. Kahn tries to capture a woman’s voice
and point-of-view, but comes up short.
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Murder on the Glass.
New York: Walker, 1987.
Last Dance in Redondo Beach.
New York: Pocket Books, 1989.
The Big Freeze.
New York: Putnam, 1991.
A sportscaster (Andy Sussman) runs into all sorts of problems. In the
first book, his announcing partner is murdered, which sets back his
own career. Then, when he is about to make it big, he finds himself in
the middle of a drowning at a pro-wrestling championship. The first
novel takes place in Chicago, while the Southern California atmo­