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Oh Joe (Five Star First Edition Mystery) Paperback – July 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: Five Star First Edition Mystery
  • Paperback: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (ME) (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594146675
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594146671
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,024,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe Prince drives a truck, loves his girlfriend, Kelly, and their infant son, Little Joe. But that isn’t enough to keep him from straying, and when Kelly catches him in the act, she leaves him. As a form of self-imposed house arrest, he agrees to house-sit shady old pal George Wayne’s permanently anchored houseboat in the middle of a large Indianapolis reservoir. But the loneliness wears on Joe. He jumps ship and swims for shore. A day or so later Joe finds himself under arrest for Wayne’s murder. Steph Steponski, the lead detective assigned to the case, is sure of Joe’s guilt—until she learns that Joe was played for a patsy and may now be at risk himself. Lewin, nominated for three Edgars, may be best known as the creator of quirky Indianapolis private eye Albert Samson. He is as gently humorous and ironic as ever, and readers will find a kindred soul in Joe, as likably flawed as any recent protagonist in mystery fiction. A very enjoyable experience. --Wes Lukowsky

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
In Indianapolis, twenty-seven years old Joe Prince loves his live in girlfriend Kelly and their child "Little Joe", but he cannot sleep alone; when she goes away to attend a family funeral, he finds himself picking up women. Disgusted with Joe, Kelly takes their child and moves back in with her mom who hates Joe as a loser.

At Berringer's, Joe meets his former friend George Wayne who got him some jail time in their previous association; George persuades Joe to baby sit his houseboat for some money while he is away on business. Joe thinks this is easy money and a chance to avoid women while he hopes for Kelly to come home. A few boring days later, George fails to return so Joe swims to shore. The police arrest him for the murder of George whose body was found on his houseboat with an injured dog. Attorney Cayenne Davenport is assigned to represent Joe, who wonders if Kelly will return to his corner.

This combination family drama investigative tale is a fine thriller although Cayenne is better at sleuthing than the two detectives she constantly advises as to what they should do. Joe is a fascinating character who cannot sleep alone or stay in a house by himself; although his phobia vanishes too easily, readers will understand his obsession that is not sexual but loneliness driven. The homicide case is cleverly designed while the audience will wonder whether Kelly will return to Joe, who has proven so far to be a dumb loser; having been burned by George before.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grimwig on September 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
Michael Z Lewin has been writing intelligent, interesting mysteries for over 30 years; this one is up to his high standards, even though it is not exactly a "mystery" and not exactly a "thriller". One of the many good points of a MZL book is that they don't classify easily; you're never quite sure where they're going. Like earlier books, Oh Joe is set in Indianapolis, but Joe is a new character for MZL. Joe isn't real bright and has his weaknesses, but is a good guy at heart. The reader will be pulling for him to overcome his problems. Long time fans of MZL, like me, will not be disappointed. New readers of this excellent writer may wish to read his Lunghi family novels or the earler Albert Sampson series.
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