Customer Reviews: Pariah (A Kurt Muller Mystery Book 3)
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on August 2, 2013
Not a very memorable read and, ultimately, too predictable to really be granted anything above mediocrity.

However, I will freely admit, this was the third in a series of Kurt Muller books I read - so maybe it was just a matter of the novelty wearing away and my getting a bit too tired of the author's tirades against Big Corp and how they are destroying the environment, or at least Aspen and surroundings.

I don't know, maybe I was just disappointed that, given all the potential the settings and the premise had, the development was rather, well, mediocre.
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on September 8, 1999
Politically ambitious Ben Smerlas heats up his campaign to remove Kurt Muller from being Aspen's sheriff because he knows that this is a perfect stepping stone to a House seat. A desperate Kurt Muller agrees to do almost anything to abort the politically motivated voter recall. Knowing how close the vote is and encouraged by his attorney, Kurt attends a charity benefit in which society's ladies are bidding on a date with him. Wealthy recluse Nicole Bauer bids ten thousand dollars to gain the evening with Kurt.

Nicole informs Kurt that she is the recipient of death threats that she insists comes from former rock star Rocky Rhodes, who died two decades ago. Nicole was the prime suspect in Rocky's death, but she beat the rap. The next day, Nicole is lying dead at the bottom of the nearby cliff eerily as Rocky did twenty years ago.. In spite of the negative publicity associated with Nicole, Kurt begins to investigate her death. He soon finds a link between Rocky,s band and many of the elite of Aspen. However, his new-found knowledge places more than a job in jeopardy as an unknown assailant wants to add the sheriff to the death list.

PARIAH is a very entertaining police procedural that will leave readers feeling a Rocky Mountain high. The story line intermingles Kurt,s personal problems with a well-designed investigation that requires the sheriff to work it. A sprinkling of jocularity makes the characters seem more human even as it eases the growing tension. The myriad of suspects all contains viable motives and means as the plot twists and turns with every new discovery. With novels like this one, Thomas Zigel will gain many zealous fans.

Harriet Klausner
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on January 31, 2001
Tom Zigal has written real joy ride of a mystery novel with Pariah (the third installment in the Kurt Muller series). He has crafted a tightly woven story that includes aging hippies, rock groupies turned yuppies, greedy developers, burned-out rock n' rollers, conniving politicians, ghosts of rock stars past, New Age Buddhists and Aspen social climbers in a plot that has more twists than the mountain roads that he describes. Zigal has a real feel for Aspen and the surrounding country. This book is a lot of fun to read
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on October 19, 2013
There have been few occasions in my reading life where I felt like I was reading a 5 star book only to have an ending that solved little and left his characters, and worse his readers, completely at loose ends. What's the point of writing a book without an ending?

If you as a reader enjoy spending several hours in a well written book that leaves you with more questions than you had before starting this book, then I heartily recommend this book to you. If you insist on an ending that makes sense, read anything else!
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on October 21, 2012
having said that, i wasn't sure i was going to like the muller series. after reading three of the four, i can tell you that i do enjoy the reads. they are light and fluffy mysteries with a bit of a hippie-innocence feel to them. i also appreciate that the story doesn't rely too much on blood and gore for its plot to flow but does have a good amount of suspense, which i like. would they make me pre-order the next book in the series? no, but it would make its way onto my "read" list.
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on March 20, 2015
Interesting clever story. Descriptions of the setting is enjoyable. Formulaic characters and standard murder mystery with an interesting twist. The idea is intriguing-- driven to suicide by a ghost, missing witnesses, crazy people, sheriff's, good hearted misdemeanors. Great setting
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on September 5, 2002
Thomas Zigal's books evoke the wild beauty of the Colorado Rockies while gently mocking the glitz and artifice of Aspen's weathy elite. His characters are well-rounded, the plots are articulate and interesting, and his writing is lively and articulate (high praise from a voracious reader who bemoans the grammar faux pas of so many of today's popular writers).
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on August 11, 2012
Pariah is an extremely well put together story and is the third of Zigal's Kurt Muller stories. All three of the Kurt Muller books are excellent. Unfortunately, there seem to have been no more in this series for some years now, and that's very disappointing.
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on November 13, 2012
Thomas Zigal's series based in Aspen features a convincing character in Kurt Muller, the laid-back sheriff of one of the wealthiest counties in the U.S. Pariah is well-plotted with a nice twist at the finish. Although I enjoy these as a Coloradan, the series has a broad appeal. I recommend it for all mystery fans.
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on July 4, 2012
I encourage anyone who likes a good murder mystery grounded in believable, realistic settings to read this book. This is the 2nd Zigal / Muller book I've read and I look forward to reading more. Kurt Muller is a fully drawn character, with flaws and grace that ring true to life. He has set himself up for a very difficult life choosing to move back to a place where a tragic event brought about by his own actions are well-known to the rest of the community. Although he succeeds in solving the case, it is not enough to banish his demons or the community's ambivalent opinions about him. One wonders why he stays.
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