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Identity in Detective Fiction
F
riedman
, K
inky
.
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Greenwich Killing Time.
New York: Morrow, 1986.
-A Case ofLone Star.
New York: Beach Tree Books, 1987.
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When the Cat’sAway.
New York: Berkley Books, 1988.
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Frequent Flyer.
New York: Morrow, 1989.
-Musical Chairs.
New York: Morrow, 1991.
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Elvis, Jesus <fr Coca-Cola.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993.
Kinky keeps them coming almost every two years and provides us
with the clever, though sometimes tedious (and always self-serving),
stories with himself as the chief protagonist who solves crimes as the
un-licensed Private Investigator.
G
oldstein
, A
rthur
.
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Nobody’s Sorry He Got Killed.
New York: Random House, 1976
The private investigator is a retired garment cutter (Max Guttman)
now living in Southern California. Together with several other members
o f the Golden Valley Senior Citizens they become a small band of “ir­
regulars” and solve a difficult mystery. Max is an intriguing character.
H
aiblum
, I
sidore
.
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Murder in Yiddish.
New York: St. Martin’s, 1988.
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BadNeighbors.
New York: St. Martin’s, 1990.
It all begins with a tenement building on the Upper East-Side of
Manhattan, where a private eye (Jim Shaw) is temporarily installed to
snoop on a rogue cop. The story extends in different ways across two
novels, and along the way you can meet Jim’s brother who teaches Yid­
dish and English Literature at Columbia, his uncle Max who retired
from the investigator business to move to Florida, as well as a taste of
the Lower East Side, the Upper West Side and much more.
K
lein
, Z
achary
.
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Still Among the Living.
New York: Ballantine Books, 1990.
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Two Way Toll.
New York: HarperCollins, 1991.
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No Saving Grace.
New York: Fawcett Columbine, 1993.
Klein has slowly and increasingly drawn the Jewish theme into the
life and story o f a “burnt-out” Social Worker (Matt Jacob). This al-
most-always stoned, amateur Private Investigator struggles with every­
thing so much that it is a very tiring read, but if you like Boston, you
might like Klein and the strange characters that people his books.
K
night
, K
athryn
L
asky
.
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Trace Elements.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1986.
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Mortal Words.
New York: Summit, 1990.