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Identity in Detective Fiction
his own. In the first novel Jack is a star detective who gets tricked for
most of the book. By the second he has decided to come out o f a pre­
mature retirement to hunt down another killer. In the third he is a bit
down on his luck and finds himself involved with a reporter, who ap­
parently committed suicide, and a beautiful federal prosecutor. Oster
writes well-done Police Procedurals.
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Caught Dead in Philadelphia.
New York: Ballantine, 1987.
Philly Stakes.
New York: Scribner’s, 1989.
Vd Rather Be in Philadelphia.
New York: Ballantine, 1992.
With Friends Like These.
New York: Ballantine, 1993.
How I Spent My Summer Vacation.
New York: Ballantine, 1994.
How about a Philadelphia private-school teacher (Amanda Pepper)
who lives alone with her cat and comes home to find a colleague mur­
dered in her home. The murder leads us to discover many things about
Amanda, as the police detective investigates the murder, and Amanda’s
suburban family. In the second novel, she is still involved with the de­
tective while the plot unfolds, discovering the murderer o f an abusive
husband of someone she befriends. The subsequesnt novels play upon
her relationhsip with the police detective and Amanda’s determination
to be a volunteer investigator on her own. Other than very casual ref­
erences to her Jewishness, often connected to her contact with her in­
trusive mother (who, of course, lives in Florida), her story is one of
complete assimilation. This is a series written by the novelist Judith
Greber, who publishes her mysteries under the name of Roberts.
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Strike Three You're Dead.
New York: Walker, 1984.
New York: Harper, 1986.
Saturday Night Dead.
New York: Viking, 1988
World ofHun.
New York: Walker and Co., 1994
W e meet one interesting character (Harvey Blissberg) when he is
still the center- fielder for the Providence Red Sox. The murder o f a
starting pitcher gives him the first opportunity to try his hand at de­
tecting and the rest moves on from there. By the fourth novel, Rosen
has apparently tired of Blissberg, and I for one miss him very much.
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New York: St. Martin’s, 1983.
-Ace ofDiamonds.
New York: St. Martin’s, 1984.
Diamond Rock.
New York: St. Martin’s, 1985.
An unusual protagonist (Red Diamond), a former New York City