BLOODY TEN by William Love


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The third case for brainy, wheelchair-bound Bishop Francis X. Regan and his Archie Goodwinish factotum/narrator Davey Goldman (The Chartreuse Clue, The Fundamentals of Murder). Here, Davey's new acquaintance Jim Kearney is put on the hot seat for killing small-time promoter Nick Carney, who's just had time to announce that he's Jim's unacknowledged half-brother and squeezed their hard-nosed Minnesota father Mike for a fat payoff to cover the years of cheating on child support--before getting shot dead with a gun registered to Mike and Jim. After mandating two trips to St. Cloud to figure out which of the drywallers, painters, and plumbers who are renovating the Kearney house pinched the gun, the Bish will finger an obvious killer--but not before Davey's usual entertaining run-ins with New York's finest and the unfolding of an ingenious, implausible, winningly old-fashioned mystery. Though they still haven't escaped Nero Wolfe's portly shadow, Love's homages have now gotten to be quite a treat in their own right.

Pub Date: April 30th, 1992
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Donald Fine