RARA-AVIS: me again, and a review of LOOSE COINS

Gary Warren Niebuhr (piesbook@execpc.com)
Mon, 04 Jan 1999 18:44:54 -0800 I attached the wrong URL to the last message, so anyone trying to get to my
web site for copies of Hardman books was probably confused. This message
will have the correct URL.

As long as I have your attention, I just finished a hard-boiled P. I. tale
by two veterans of the fan and author mystery community. It is called
LOOSE COINS and it is by Joe L. Hensley and Guy M. Townsend.

Joe is a judge who writes mysteries about a judge name Robak. Guy is the
former editor of THE MYSTERY FANCIER, one of the great but now defunct
mystery zines. I grew up in the mystery fan community reading FANCIER, and
I really like it, including Townsend's book by book breakdown of the Nero
Wolfe saga.

Anyway, this book is about an ex-alcoholic lawyer who is disbarred. He
works part time in a coin shop where he gets a little space to use as his
office. One night, in the middle of a poker game, a hood tries to rob the
store. Later, Al Sears, the P. I., discovers that he was the intended
target, and he spends the rest of the book trying to figure out why. I
liked the fact that this entire story is told in 190 pages and it all hangs
together. Ah for the go old days when books weren't bloated with a lot of
unnecessary jogging, cooking, and cats. Best, GWN.

P.I.E.S. (Private Investigator Entertainment Service)
Catalogs of new and used private eye fiction
Gary Warren Niebuhr, Owner
P. O. Box 341218
Milwaukee, WI 53234
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