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The Maltese Manuscript (2003)

by Joanne Dobson

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Karen Pelletier is a Professor in the English Department of an American University. The department is organizing a forthcoming conference on 'the murder mystery'. In the process ,Sunnye Hardcastle (a rather unlikely name one feels) a famous writer in this genre arrives to speak at the event.
Shortly after,a large number of rare and semi-rare books are stolen from the Library and the thief is found dead in the book-stacks. Murder or accident?
The missing books however are still missing,so Karen sets off to attempt to trace them,not it has to be said ,with the full approval of her policeman boyfriend Charlie Piotrowski. Sunnye,the crime writer,complicates the police investigations.
What I liked about this was the many mentions of books,libraries and other literary bits and pieces that cropped up in the course of this story.
The downside was that on the whole the characters were rather one-dimensional.
On balance I will give it a 4½,because I loved the overall bookish theme. ( )
  devenish | Jun 22, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 159058290X, Paperback)

In classic noir tradition, English Professor Karen Pelletier gains a client when her office door opens and a famous Private Eye novelist enters. The author is dogged by Trouble (a Rottweiler) and by a problem. And since Sunnye Hardcastle (a Patricia Cornwell lookalike) will be a featured speaker in the English Department's upcoming conference on the murder mystery (from a Feminist Perspective), Karen is intrigued.



The next thing you know, one midnight someone rushes out of the Enfield library with an armload of rare books. In fact, the library is missing a truckload of its treasures. Then a suspect is found dead in the stacks, his neck broken. With a real private eye on the case, the hunt is on—for the manuscript of Hammett's famous novel, The Maltese Falcon, for the missing books, and for potential murder suspects.



A sparkling fifth entry in an award-nominated series by Fordham University professor Joanne Dobson riffs the hardboiled genre and several sacred icons. What is truth? What is fiction? No one seems certain. Perhaps most frustrated is Karen's boyfriend, Massachusetts police lieutenant Charlie Piotrowski, a man having trouble dividing his personal and professional life, let alone translating modern academic-speak. But then, don't we all?



Joanne Dobson is the author of Quieter Than Sleep, The Northbury Papers, The Raven and the Nightingale, and Cold and Pure and Very Dead.

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Karen Pelletier gains a client when her office door opens and a famous Private Eye novelist enters. The next thing, the Enfield library is missing a truckload of treasures. Then a thief is found dead in the stacks. The hunt is on - for the manuscript of 'The Maltese Falcon', for the missing books, and for potential murder suspects.… (more)

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