CALLED BY A PANTHER by Michael Z. Lewin

CALLED BY A PANTHER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Albert Samson, Indianapolis's most likably raffish private eye (Out of Season, etc.), returns after a too-long sabbatical to take on two cases: tailing socialite Charlotte Vivien for her possessive, marital-minded protÇgÇ, tame poet Quentin Quayle (who begins by asking Samson to vet his story about his fictional wife being murdered--a device to clear the way for the nuptials), and--more important-- locating a bomb stolen from the Scum Front, a gang of toothless environmental terrorists, before its new owners depart from Scum Front protocol by blowing it up. The cases merge in a predictable but highly satisfying way, but not before Samson sneezes in the fingerprint powder at Mrs. Vivien's murder party, goes public with a cable TV ad that brings an armed fruitcake to his office, and gets fingered as a terrorist by his old buddy Captain Jerry Miller. Despite an oddly inconclusive ending, a good time is had by all, especially smart-talking, dumb-acting Samson and his readers.

Pub Date: June 17th, 1991
ISBN: 0-89296-439-1
Page count: 208pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1991




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