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The Brass Go-Between by Ross Thomas
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The Brass Go-Between (1969)

by Ross Thomas

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Written in the late 60s, the first in a series of novels - the 3rd of which was made into a feature film starring Charles Bronson. Reminiscent of John D MacDonald in the way the author quickly encapsulates time place and character so that the novel seems bigger than it actually is. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
An African artifact has been stolen by thieve specializing in art heists. They have offered the museum $250,000 to buy it back and want Philip St. Ives to facilitate the exchange, shield for money. Philip is a character so real-to-life with hangups just like the rest of us. What is not so alike is his occupation. He is a self professed go-between; the broken between kidnapper and ransom, blackmailer and reward, and in this case, art and buy back "fee." Philip always takes a piece of the reward as a charge for his services but he considers himself a professional mediator and refuses to take sides. He will not help the police catch the criminals and he will not commit a crime to carry out the deal (or try not to at any rate). Having said all that, it wouldn't be a thriller if something didn't go wrong with the exchange of money for the African shield. Despite its short length Bleeck packs a ton of adventure into The Brass Go-Between. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Feb 22, 2013 |
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Asked to deliver a quarter of a million dollars to whomever has stolen a prized African shield from a Washington museum, Philip St. Ives soon finds himself involved in a dangerous game. Reprint. PW.

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To recover an African artifact, St. Ives will trade $250,000, or his life. Philip St. Ives is the kind of man who can convince a vice cop and a paroled mobster to sit down to a hand of poker. Once he was a reporter with a daily column, a fat Rolodex, and a reputation for indifference to criminal behavior. Now he is a go-between, a professional mediator between thieves and the people they rip off. For arranging the recovery of a stolen necklace, painting, or child, St. Ives takes ten percent of the ransom. His work takes him across the globe, but more importantly, it pays his alimony. An African warrior's shield has come to Washington, where a gang of art-minded burglars pluck it from the museum. They demand $250,000 for the return of the priceless artifact, and request that St. Ives make the hand-off. But when he goes to deliver the cash, he finds himself playing a more deadly game than five-card draw.… (more)

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