Books by Dean Fuller

DEATH OF A CRITIC by Dean Fuller
Released: March 11, 1996

Moments after his late arrival for the premiere of Eurydice, theatrical critic Virgile de la Pagerie (``Delap'' to his enemies, who are legion) collapses and dies of cyanide poisoning. Which of his foes preempted his final review, and how did they manage to poison him when he was surrounded by hundreds of people—including his companion for the evening, Chef-Inspecteur Alex Grismolet's former ward, Philippa Watten? The ensuing investigation is notable for its leisurely pace, its unblushing Francophilia, and its shoal of red herrings—including the international terrorists who phone to claim responsibility for executing ``Virgile Philadelphie, the mulatto mongrel of Martinique''; the wartime collaborator who signed the deportation order sending the father of Delap's stepfather to his death; the accomplished actress who can't be a suspect in her ex-fiancÇ's murder only because she died first; the Blessed Virgin's apparition to a little girl; and enough romantic triangles for a sequel to Euclid. Fans of Grismolet and his entourage (A Death in Paris, 1992) will be happy to know that his partner, Inspecteur Alphonsas Varnas, finds true love, and that Philippa's debut with London's Royal Ballet is a smashing success. Delap's murder gets solved, too. Read full book review >
A DEATH IN PARIS by Dean Fuller
Released: June 3, 1992

The author of the sedate suspenser Passage (1983) introduces genteel Chief Inspector Alex Grismolet of the SñretÇ to solve the riddle of who shot aging free-lance diplomat Andrew Wilson. But though Fuller provides an unusually elaborate tour of possible suspects- -Wilson's iron-willed, alcoholic photojournalist wife; his adoring concierge; his ancient war-buddy; a Libyan boy who admits robbing the corpse—the interest swiftly focuses on Wilson's obsession with avenging the death of his brother, shot down by a German flying ace in WW I. Alex's dilemma of what to do with his budding unofficial ward, Phillipa, adds some charm, but the leisurely storytelling—though it includes a contemporary dogfight and a great scene in an airport women's room—reveals all too few twists and surprises. Mostly for Red Baron nostalgia buffs, who'll appreciate the genuine, if minor, stiff-upper-lip virtues of Fuller's civilized prose. Read full book review >