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Boca Knights Hardcover – February 3, 2009
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Formans debut, an offbeat crime novel, introduces Eddie Perlmutter, a tough Jewish Boston cop, who has had conversations since age 11 with his penis (Hey, check me out. I can stand, I heard one night in bed). In his late 50s, retired from the Boston force and suffering from arthritis, Perlmutter begins a new life in Boca Raton, Fla., where he soon steps on the toes of the local Russian mafia, falls for a nurse who happens to resemble actress Halle Berry and looks into the murder of golfer Robert Goldenblatt. Found in his garage with a four-iron embedded in his forehead, Goldenblatt was apparently the victim of a dispute over country-club politics. While the books overall silliness and lack of credible characters, not to mention the absurd solution to Goldenblatts demise, will put off some readers, those with a cockeyed sense of humor will find much to like in this parody of a cop caper. (Feb.)
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Ever wonder what would happen if you crossed Philp Roth with Elmore Leonard? This impressive crime debut may provide a hint. Long on backstory, the saga of cop Eddie Perlmutter begins in a nineteenth-century shtetl in Russia, where Eddie’s grandfather and the other villagers are prey to Cossaks and marauding bears. After demonstrating his courage by killing a bear with a sword, Grandpa heads off to Boston, where Eddie eventually becomes a cop, and though he doesn’t slay any bears, he demonstrates plenty of inherited courage. Retired to Boca Raton, the widowed, bunged-up Eddie busts a ring of Russian counterfeiters in a bare (albeit arthritic) knuckle encounter that earns the respect of the local police chief. With a wink and nod, the top cop urges Eddie to take on the city’s toughest criminals in near-vigilante fashion. What results is an entertaining mix of comedy and drama as Eddie squares off with an an anti-Semitic hate group. Fortunately, Forman steers his geriatric hero clear of the buffoonery and sentimentality that often comes with the territory in this subgenre. --Steve Glassman
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