Re: RARA-AVIS: Bloody London, Reggie Nadelson

From: GN (
Date: 29 Jan 2000

> Anyone heard of or read a new novel titled Bloody London by Reggie

Here's my review from Mystery News:

Middlemarch is a very rent-controlled building in New York, and death surfaces there when the head of the co-op, Thomas Pascoe, is found with his head cut off in the building's swimming pool. His wife, Frances, is behaving like a noirish femme fatale, while the Russian princess who might hold a vital clue has had a stroke and cannot talk to the police. Artie Cohen, retired New York cop and now a P. I., is roped into the police case because he can speak Russian, and his old colleagues still value his abilities. It can safely be said that Artie's life is complicated by the people he knows, including the fact that he is brought to the case in a convoluted fashion by Sonny Lippert, a federal prosecutor. In the best noir fashion, Artie falls for Frances despite having a solid relationship with Lily Hanes, only to discover that the case and his actions force Lily to leave the country. The first part of the book ends with a solution to Pascoe's death, but not a resolution. Instead, Artie spends the second half of the book in London, chasing the money and a lost love. The second half of the book is even more convoluted than the first, with treachery and mistrust the motivation for all the characters. Although Artie's voice is powerful and the style is consistent, in the end I found the style overpowering and exhausting. Readers seeking style and noir-like plots will want to try this and make up there own minds.

P. I. E. S. (Private Investigator Entertainment Service) c/o Gary Warren Niebuhr P. O. Box 341218 Milwaukee, WI 53234

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