The Devil and the Detective by John Goldbach

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I think of that Tom Waits lyric: “You know the story/Here it comes again…” Familiarity can be a launch pad for invention, or at least for the exhilaration of shaking the familiar back to life. The Devil and the Detective mostly just feels very, very familiar, even when it’s being irreverent.
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Robert James, a private detective more interested in chronicling his cases than solving them, gets a midnight call from a young woman whose older husband has been found with a knife in his chest. Murder, corruption, and betrayal ensue, but hapless Robert and his sidekick can't stop drinking and philosophizing long enough to keep up.
 

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John Goldbach: John Goldbach is the author of Selected Blackouts, a collection of stories. He lives in Montreal.
 
Published April 19, 2013 by Coach House Books. 160 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jose Teodoro on May 03 2013

It’s apparent from page one of The Devil and the Detective that we’ve entered the theatre of crime fiction kabuki.

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Reviewed by Jose Teodoro on May 03 2013

I think of that Tom Waits lyric: “You know the story/Here it comes again…” Familiarity can be a launch pad for invention, or at least for the exhilaration of shaking the familiar back to life. The Devil and the Detective mostly just feels very, very familiar, even when it’s being irreverent.

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