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Easy Come, Easy Go

by David Champion

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Attorney and Korean War veteran Bomber Hanson and his investigator son Tod are an unlikely duo. Tod is so intimidated/by his father that he develops a stutter only in his presence. It is anyone's guess what family dynamics brought Tod, a musical composer, to work for his monstrously egotistical papa. Tod himself IS pretty much a sap, as evidenced about his constant references to his "beloved" Joan throughout his narration of Easy Come, Easy Go. Thank goodness Joan, a touring violinist, doesn't put in an appearance until the very end and plays just a small part in the story.

You might think from the above paragraph that I dldn't like this mystery, the eighth in the Bomber Hanson series. Wrong! I couldn't put it down. A sap he may be, but Tod is a very likeable sap and a terrific narrator. The investigation is text-book P.I. fare, and Bomber's courtroom shenanigans are just plain fun to read.

In Easy Come, Easy Go, Bomber reluctantly takes on the case of Dr. Melissa McHagarty, accused of murdering her bigamist husband Fred "Easy" Noggle. Easy was a reprehensible and possibly murderous (but apparently charming) character who bilked hundreds of investors in a Ponzi scheme. Tod believes the good doctor is innocent, but Bomber has his doubts. At Tod's insistence, however, he takes on her case. The method of murder (an injection of poison) has all the hallmarks of murder by someone who knows how to use a syringe. The doctor fills the bill. The prosecuting attorney, Webster A. Grainger III, says she has "MOM": Motive, Opportunity and Means.

Easy Come, Easy Go is the first Bomber Hanson mystery I've read, but it stood on its own. With an engaging plot, very well-named characters (e.g., Ossip Quigley and Billy Bop Xeres), a sly sense of humor, lack of violence and strong language, Easy Come, Easy Go is easy to recommend.

By Diana. First published in Mystery News, February-March 2004 edition. ( )
  NewsieQ | Dec 27, 2006 |
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