THE HANGED MAN by Walter Satterthwait


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 Thirteen people attended the meeting of New Age healers at which reputed Satanist Quentin Bouvier was killed--hanged from the rafters- -after outbidding dealer Leonard Quarry for astrologer Eliza Remington's antique Tarot card. And by the time the fat lady (not Eliza) sings, Santa Fe shamus Joshua Croft (Wall of Glass, A Flower in the Desert) has interviewed each of the 12 survivors--including Leonard Quarry, who survives the interview only by a couple of minutes. Hired to vindicate Tarot reader Giacomo Bernardi, laid-back, skeptical Joshua finds lots of quirky kooks and crooks--a spiritual alchemist, a Saku master (don't ask), a muscle-bound New Age Sioux-- but there's precious little interaction between the suspects (despite the best efforts of Bouvier's predatory widow Justine, who's been sleeping around with more vigor than discrimination): except for a couple of violent interludes, this is basically a series of sedate Golden Age interviews. Interesting people, humdrum detection--nothing to raise your blood pressure to unhealthy levels.

Pub Date: Sept. 10th, 1993
ISBN: 0-312-09827-8
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1993


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