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Even Dead Men Play Chess (A Ray Gordon Mystery) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 29, 2015
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"Mystery lovers will really enjoy this story. I loved the plot, became highly attached to the characters and enjoyed learning a bit about chess all at the same time. Highly recommended." -Long and Short Reviews
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Making house calls or meeting people in public places is how Ray Gordon makes his living. Hes not a doctor. Hes not a prostitute. Ray Gordon is a chess teacher. When one of Rays students, Walter Kelly, is found dead in his shop, the police and his family let it go as an accident. Ray, however, doesnt buy it. As a former cop with a lingering curiosity, Ray snoops around and stumbles into the murky world of methamphetamine, the worst drug epidemic of our time. The problem? Walter Kelly was 65 years old and his only addictions were woodworking and chess. How does a 65 year old man become involved with illegal drugs? Why is a neighbor glad Walters dead? And just how do dead men play chess? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The plot revolves around Ray Gordon, a one-time cop and chess teacher who develops a friendship with a fellow chess player named Walt who knew Ray's mother who died when Ray was 11 years old. When Walt dies in an apparent accident, Ray determines that it appears suspicious and has a score of suspects to choose from.
If you enjoy reading this book, I suggest reading Weitz's "sequel" book The Grandmaster's King for a further murder mystery involving Ray Gordon.