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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: iPicturebooks (October 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1876963336
  • ISBN-13: 978-1876963330
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,538,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"COMPELLING...HARD-BOILED... the style is out of Dashiell Hammett by Rolling Stone...with dialogue as realistic as any heard on a bugged telephone".LosAngeles Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on June 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
I should start by saying that am a huge fan of Private Investigator fiction and that this was my first Moses Wine novel. Apparently, author Roger L. Simon was trying to update the classic Phillp Marlowe type P.I. story to the hip and strange place that Southern California (especially the criminal underworld) had become by the early 1970s. "The Big Fix" has a very strong sense of place and time, and today reads like a snapshot of that very confused era. However, as a mystery, the plot is fairly pedestrian. Set on the backdrop of a political campaign (though we never meet the candidate himself), one of Wine's ex-girlfriends is murdered shortly after bringing him a case. However, Wine doesn't seem particularly outraged and pursues the case with a curious detachment. Along the way he encounters a cornucopia of early 70s revolutionaries and hippies. Ultimately though, the climax is a disappointment not worthy of the story's buildup.
Simon has all the moves of a classic P.I. writer. Wine is appropriately cynical, hardedged and wise-cracking. What he needs is a truly Marlowe-esque plot to sink his teeth into.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Tetreault on February 8, 2011
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I bought this book because I saw it among a list of the 100 best detective stories. I knew nothing about the author or the subject. I read this book straight through in just a few hours. The writing flows very easily. His casually tossed off descriptions of place and setting are terrific. I'm not entirely in the camp of the perspective of the main character, he's a liberal while I'm a libertarian but there's a lot of overlap. The story could be enjoyed by anyone other than a diehard opposite of Moses Wine, though, because the perspective isn't put across obnoxiously. I'd really like to have given this book four and a half stars. My only reservation was that some aspects of the plot didn't quite work for me. It was still a very entertaining read and one I'd recommend to anyone.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Gay on February 21, 2005
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Roger Simon has a terrific sense of how our political identities are rooted in so much more (or less) than the depth or purity of our ideas. We identify with those who are the models for the kind of person we think we are, or the group to which we want to belong, and in the process we lose sight of our real political objectives, if we ever knew what they were in the first place. This book explores this dilemma for Moses Wine as he grapples with his own personal history of the sixties in investigating the murder of the woman who symbolizes both his love and politics at that time. Now he must ask again, what really motivates our search for truth? I won't impose my solution to this fascinating mystery.
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