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Identity in Detective Fiction
L
yons
, A
rthur
.
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The Dead are Discreet.
New York: Mason and Lipscomb, 1974.
-A l l God’s Children.
New York: Mason/Charter, 1975.
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Hard Trade.
New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1981.
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Three With A Bullet.
New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1985.
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Fast Trade.
New York: Mysterious Press, 1987.
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Other People’sMoney.
New York: Mysterious Press, 1989.
When his first book was published, The New York Times said
“Move over, Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, and Lew Archer.”The series
stars an ex-newspaperman turned Private Investigator (Jacob Asch).
Through him, we meet all sorts of bizarre Southern California charac­
ters and businesses. Traveling with Asch is definitely worth the bumpy
and often bloody ride.
P
arrish
, R
ichard
.
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The Dividing Line.
New York: Dutton, 1993.
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Versions ofthe Truth.
New York: Onyx, 1994.
A wounded World War II veteran (Joshua Rabb) moves from
Brooklyn to Tucson, AZ to practice law. Widowed and with two chil­
dren, he decides to work for the Bureau of Indian Affairs to supplement
his private practice. Caught up in complicated plots, he fluctuates be­
tween passionate affairs with beautiful women and pondering the
meaning of existence. His Yiddishkeit is in short supply, but his out-
of-character struggle with God (recalling Rabbi Yitzchak of Ber-
dichev) suggests that there might be more Jewishness in the future.
PlESMAN, MARISSA.
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Unorthodox Practices.
New York: Pocket Books, 1989.
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Personal Effects.
New York: Pocket Books, 1991.
-Heading Uptown.
New York: Delacorte, 1993.
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Close Quarters.
New York: Delacorte, 1994
-Alternate Sides.
New York: Delacorte, 1995
I enjoy following housing lawyer (Nina Fischman) all over the West
Side o f Manhattan, then out to Long Island and eventually to a sum­
mer share on Fire Island. What you will learn about her, her mother,
good Chinese take-out and other essentials for today’s urban life style
will certainly entertain you. The mystery plotting leaves a bit more to
be desired. In the latest she debates whether to move into her new boy­
friends’ upper East-Side apartment, and therein lies an amazing tale.
R
esnicow
, H
erbert
.
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The Gold Solution.
New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1983.
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The Gold Deadline.
New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1984.