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The Perplexing Problem of the Porcelain Bandits

by Dan Johnson

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Mix the questionable death of a mysterious young entrepreneur, his unemployed housemate with an open agenda, and an illicit toilet-making business all together and you’ve got a mystery book (self-published, at that!) bursting with San Francisco flavor and modern charm. Alex Baker, the amateur detective, carries the story with his irresistable panache. Sharp dialogue, relevant humor, and a quirky cast of characters make it difficult to put the book down. What struck me most often was the rich sense of place woven into each chapter. Almost every page offers a glimpse of the San Francisco scenery: the people, streets, neighborhoods, pubs, cafés, and conversation. I felt like pouring my own pitcher of Anchor Steam to complement the reading experience. In the end, the book’s conclusion leaves you wanting more of Alex Baker’s wit and good humor. I just hope the author has more mysteries in store for the young sleuth to solve. ( )
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Alex Baker is underemployed and undermotivated, until a cop shows up at his door with strange news about his former housemate, Brent. This is a story of baseball cards, the Chinese Mafia, and many conversations over drinks. If John D. Macdonald and Chuck Klosterman had ever met in San Francisco and shared a few too many glasses of Plymouth, this is the novel they would have written together.

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