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cabbie, takes on a new persona as a means o f dealing with his own mis­
ery. This is a tongue-in-cheek and affectionate parody o f the hard-
boiled characters we often meet in other mysteries, with a great char­
acter in this series.
S
inger
, S
helley
.
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FollowingJane.
New York: Signet, 1993
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Picture ofDavid.
New York: Signet, 1993.
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Searchingfor Sara.
New York: Signet, 1994.
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Interview with Mattie.
New York: Signet, 1995.
Singer presents a Berkeley, California high school teacher (Barrett
Lake) who, as a child, was adopted by her mid-western Jewish parents,
owners of the dry goods store in town. Barrett decides that becoming
a Bay-area Private Investigator is a lot more interesting than trying to
teach high school kids. Having now read the fourth, I am ready for
some more character development from the author.
S
imon
, R
oger
L.
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The Big Fix.
San Francisco: Straight Arrow, 1973.
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Peking Duck.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1979.
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California Roll.
New York: Villard, 1985.
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Raising the Dead.
New York: Villard, 1988.
For almost twenty years we have been traveling around the world
following the footloose and often morose Private Investigator (Moses
Wine). One of the more phlegmatic and opinionated characters on this
list, he takes some getting used to, but by then it is hard to let him go.
S
mith
, J
ulie
.
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Death Turns a Trick.
New York: Walker, 1982.
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The Sourdough Wars.
New York: Walker, 1984.
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Tourist Trap.
New York: Mysterious, 1986.
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Dead in the Water.
New York: Ballantine, 1991.
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Other People's Skeletons.
New York: Ivy Books, 1993.
This is one o f the several series that Ms. Smith has written and her
introduction of San Francisco attorney (Rebecca Schwartz) is captivat­
ing. She is a strong-willed and compassionate investigator who is occa­
sionally able to be comforted by her journalist boy friend and her
Marin County mother.
S
teinberg
, J
anice
.
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Death ofa Postmodernist.
New York: Berkley, 1995.
A San Diego Public Radio reporter (Margo Simon) ends up solving
the murder o f an artist and almost becomes a victim herself. Certainly