Tuesday, February 20, 2007

New Fiction

Shooting Gallery by Hailey Lind. "San Francisco's art world is exhibiting murderous tendencies." Artist Annie Kincaid learned art fraud from her forger grandfather. The opening of a major S.F. exhibition has the murdered artist's corpse presented as a sculpture. At the same time, a Chagall painting is stolen across town. When Annie's friend is accused of the theft Annie has to use her sleuthing powers and art crook connections to clear him, and discovers the connection between the two crimes.

The Peddler by Richard S. Prather. This is a reprint of Prather's 1952 organized crime novel set among the brothels of San Francisco. Prather died within the past couple weeks at 85 years of age. Prather sold millions of detective books in the 1950s and 1960s. Check this one out to see how Prather earned his popularity.

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