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Identity in Detective Fiction
L
evitsky
, R
onald
.
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The Love that Kills.
New York: Scribner, 1991.
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The Wisdom ofSerpents.
New York: Scribner, 1992.
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Stone Boy.
New York: Scribner, 1993.
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The Innocence That Kills.
New York: Scribner, 1994
Here we have Levitsky presenting the First-Amendment lawyer
(Nate Rosen) working all over the country defending some o f the most
obnoxious people you never want to meet while at the same time solv­
ing crimes. His additional struggle is with the traditional Jewish home
he left behind some years before. The author has given us some o f the
most complicated Jewish characters on this list.
R
osenbaum
, D
avid
.
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Zaddik.
New York, Mysterious Press, 1993.
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Sasha’s Trick.
New York, Mysterious Press, 1995.
Ex-New York City Detective Dov Taylor is the star in the first de­
tective novel by this author. We meet Taylor as a recently-divorced,
recovering alcoholic who now is a bank guard. He gets caught up in a
rather unbelievable story involving the Mossad, Hassidic dynasties, a
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-carat diamond, and the daughter o f one o f the Hassidic rabbis. He
finds out, of course, that he is a descendent of 19th century “zaddik”
(holy man), and the story keeps going on and on . . . . In the second
novel, a Russian Jewish emigre (Sasha) travels from the Gulag to
Brighton Beach and back to Moscow, all the time stealing and trying
to stay one step ahead of the police. Rosenbaum’s research into the
Russian mafia is considerable and his character is a beguiling one.
T
elushkin
, J
oseph
.
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The UnorthodoxMurder ofRabbi Wahl.
NY: Bantam, 1987.
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The FinalAnalysis ofDr. Stark.
New York: Bantam, 1988.
-A n Eye ForAn Eye.
New York: Bantam, 1991.
Prolific author Telushkin has now given us a Los Angeles rabbi
(Rabbi Daniel Winter) who realizes that he is pretty good at detection.
Not afraid to use his many talents, including his Jewish knowledge, he
has gotten involved with quite a few murders, each of which is worth
reading.