Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Case Of The Purloined Painting-Carl Brookens

The Case Of The Purloined Painting

Carl Brookens

North Star Press of St. Cloud, Sep 1 2013, $14.95

ISBN: 9780878397082

Mr. Gehrz retains private detective Sean “NMI” Sean to locate Tiffany Market; who the client says he has not seen in two weeks. He leaves Sean with cash and a photo. Not long after that Ann/Anne hires Sean to inform the police that in a snowstorm she saw two men push another off a bridge, but fails to explain why she needs a cutout to talk to the cops. Three days later, The Star Tribune reports that the corpse of elderly Manfred Gottlieb was found in the ice covered Mississippi.

Prominent wheelchair bound lawyer Derrol Madison asks the sleuth to take on Manfred’s grand-nephew Aaron Gottlieb as a client, which the PI does. As the investigator makes little progress in spite of help from his girlfriend, his office neighbors and a close police friend, someone targets Sean for elimination; at the same time he theorizes his three cases as one that dates back to the end of WWII and stolen art.

The latest Sean Sean mystery (see The Case of the Deceiving Don and The Case of the Great Train Robbery) is a super investigative tale. The well-written investigations are clever as the hero struggles to put the pieces together for his three clients and the insight into stolen WWII art adds fascinating depth. The relationship between the six foot Catherine and the five foot two Sean enhances the entertaining storyline as each loves and respects the other, but also accept the physical obvious such as he cannot help her with her coat. The Case Of The Purloined Painting is another strong Twin City whodunit.

Harriet Klausner

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