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Saddles,” he wrote these two hilarious and poignant Los Angeles mys­
teries (starring Jack Levine).
C
luster
, D
ick
.
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Return to Sender.
New York: Penguin, 1988.
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RepulseMonkey.
New York: Dutton, 1989.
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Obligations ofthe Bone.
New York: St. Martin’s, 1992.
Here is a forty-ish college drop-out, trying to survive cancer and
working in Boston as a car mechanic (Alex Glauberman). He inadvert­
ently becomes involved in a mystery that takes him to London and
Berlin and back to London. It is well worth the read. The second novel
stays much closer to home and leaves Boston only to visit the winter
resort area in New Hampshire. The third visits the issues o f a cancer
patient in Boston. They both keep the promise the first book began.
Alex is seriously involved with a minister’s daughter and his Jewish soul
is anguished (some of the time).
D
obyns
, S
tephen
.
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Saratoga Backtalk.
New York: Penguin, 1994
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Saratoga Fleshpot.
New York: W .W . Norton, 1995.
Those of us who have relished Charlie Bradshaw, the Saratoga,
N.Y. detective can now spend time with his widowed Jewish side-kick
and sometime partner (Victor Plotz). I laughed and cried with the
amusing and poignant self-deprecating humor that he uses. A good
mystery besides. The second book is not quite as original (in its intro­
duction o f the Jewish humor that Victor uses) but it is still worth the
effort.
F
liegel
, R
ichard
.
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The Next to Die.
New York: Bantam, 1986.
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TheA rt ofDeath.
New York: Pocket, 1988.
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Time to Kill.
New York: Pocket, 1990.
-A Semi-Private Doom.
New York: Pocket, 1991.
-A Minyanfor the Dead.
New York: Pocket, 1993.
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TheMan Who MurderedHimself.
New York: Pocket, 1994.
Meet a New York City policeman (Shelly Lowenkopf) who finds his
way all over the Big Apple, with a particular interest in the Bronx. By
the later books, he has retired and become a Private Investigator and is
involved first with a rabbi accused o f murder and then a psychologist
at his own clinic. A particularly fast-paced and interesting set o f mys­
teries.