Uncle Edgar's Newsletter 102
Recently Received & Forthcoming Books
Alphabetical by Author
19th-century Prague: Count Arco, a keen fencer and debauched womanizer, makes a lone stand against the destruction of the Jewish Quarter, with its Bohemian nightlife and whorehouses. He buys a house and refuses to move out, battling the corrupt officials at the Town Hall. Then the Quarter is rocked by a murderer - and Arco is distracted by a femme fatale whose heart he must conquer.
Novel, 301 pages, Trade Paperback, 1st UK Edition
Peter Owen UK - 2013 - ISBN: 0720614961 / 9780720614961
Book Condition: New.
van de Wetering, Janwillem
Grijpstra & de Gier #01: Outsider in Amsterdam
When the founder of a new religious society/commune is found hanging from a ceiling beam, Detective-Adjutant Gripstra and Sergeant de Gier of the Amsterdam police are sent to investigate.
Novel, 265 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1975)
Sophia discovers that a tree has appeared overnight in the garden of her Paris house. Intrigued and unnerved, she turns to her neighbours: Vandoosler, an ex-cop, and three historians, Mathias, Marc, and Lucien. They agree to dig around the tree and see if something has been buried there, but find nothing. A few weeks later, Sophia disappears. When her body is found burned to ashes in a car, Vandoosler and the historians set out to learn who killed her.
Awards: ♦ Winner of the 2006 UK Crime Writers' Association International Dagger
Novel, 292 pages, Trade Paperback, Later Printing
Vintage UK - 2006 - ISBN: 0099469553 / 9780099469551
Book Condition: New.
When Manuel Ortega is appointed to replace an assassinated Provincial Resident, he is plunged into a corrupt world. Two extremist factions are at odds, and Ortega is caught in the middle, surrounded by people he's not sure he can trust. As the tension rises, Ortega must take action, but what will he do?
Novel, 243 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1965)
Corporal Velder is on trial, accused of acts against the military, government, and society. As the proceedings unfold, we learn of the island country's descent into tyranny, and the civil war that erupted when a secret armed force brought the current generals to power. The tribunal forces Velder to reconstruct the events, battles, and defeat of the rebellion. As the inevitable verdict is pronounced, Velder's testimony just might produce another revolution.
Novel, 278 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1974)
Willi Mohr - former German soldier, starving artist, drifter - is arrested and subjected to a lengthy interrogation. Unwillingly, he is drawn back to the year he spent in Spain, the deaths of a Norwegian couple he shared a house with there, and his attempts to discover how they died. As the interrogation intensifies, Mohr realizes that his activities have implicated him in a dangerous political situation.
Novel, 276 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1968)
When Trixie agrees to take over her aunt's diner, she pictures Lake Ontario views and delicious comfort food. But her first health inspection turns into a nightmare when the inspector keels over in his Blue Plate Special. Includes recipes.
Novel, 287 pages, Mass Market Paperback, 1st Edition
Dancing Aztecs (alternate title: A New York Dance)
A South American republic plans to capitalize on its national symbol, a gold statue of a dancing Aztec priest, by having a sculptor make copies for sale abroad. The sculptor replaces the original with a fake, and ships the real one to New York City for an illicit sale to a museum. The statues are packed in five crates. Asked to pick up crate 'E' at the airport, Jerry Manelli is confused by his client's Spanish accent and takes crate 'A' instead. The statue disappears into the city, leading him on a baffling chase, which - if he comes up with the wrong Aztec - could cost him his life.
Novel, 303 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint (originally published in 1976)
Hannah Smith makes her living as a Florida fishing guide, but she's also uncommonly resourceful, so folks come to her with their problems, even though her unorthodox methods sometimes make those on the receiving end very unhappy - even violent. And when she's asked to find a missing girl, that's exactly what happens.
Novel, 316 pages, Mass Market Paperback, Reprint of 2012 HC
Berkley - 2013 - ISBN: 0425261298 / 9780425261293
Book Condition: New.
Simon Fonthill #09: Fire Across the Veldt
South Africa, 1900: Simon Fonthill, his wife Alice, 352 Jenkins, and tracker Mzingeli are traveling to Pretoria to meet with General Kitchener. When he learns that the next Boer move will be to attack the Cape Colony, Fonthill must race to locate and defeat the enemy forces in time.
1931: The body found in the gutter in France led the police inspector to the dead man's beautiful daughter - and to her hot-tempered American husband. 1941: A hardboiled private eye, hired to keep a movie studio's leading lady happy, uncovers the truth behind the brutal slaying of a Hollywood starlet. 1951: A desperate man pursuing his last chance at redemption finds himself with blood on his hands and the police on his trail. Three separate novels, each penned in the style of a different giant of the mystery genre; taken together, they tell the story of an author whose life is shattered when violence and tragedy consume the people closest to him.
Awards: ♦ Finalist for the 2013 Shamus Award for Best First PI Novel
Novel, 605 pages, Trade Paperback, Reprint of 2012 HC
Hard Case Crime - 2013 - ISBN: 0857689185 / 9780857689184
Book Condition: New.
Winters, Ben H.
Hank Palace #2: Countdown City
There are just 74 days to go before a deadly asteroid collides with Earth. With the Concord police force operating under the auspices of the US Justice Department, detective Hank Palace's days of solving crimes are over, until a woman from his past begs for help finding her missing husband. With society falling to shambles, Hank pieces together what few clues he can, on a search that leads him from a college campus turned anarchist encampment to a crumbling coastal landscape where anti-immigrant militia fend off impact zone refugees.