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Murder on Skid Row Hardcover – January 12, 2010
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About the Author
"I have always used writing as therapy," Wexler said. "Now I have the time and opportunity to pursue it as a career." Her advice for other aspiring writers—even grandmothers like herself—is to "follow your dream. You can do it, and it’s never too late." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Then the killings occur and the secrets are no longer in the dark. The conclusion was shocking but sweet. Generations continue on and everything changes for the good. Highly recommend this story for readers who wish to reminisce about their childhood in the ghettos of the city and who like mysteries and detective stories. A lot of suspense and warm characters.
Melvin Greenberg, a graduate of Illinois Dental School, opens his first office where he receives free rent for a year from the owner of one of the few legitimate businesses left in the area - the Drug Store across the street. The store is owned by Abe Meyer, a short, bald, rumpled sixty-year-old, and Dave Miller, a younger, neat individual with a toupé, and the only request is that he write prescriptions. Mel is from a family who rose from immigrant status to respectability and a home on the south side. His girlfriend is from a family of somewhat higher status and lives on the north side of Chicago.
The story evolves from, and revolves around, the characters inhabiting this `skid row' section and their interaction. Besides Mel, there is Darlene, a local girl who he hires to clerk in his office. She provides an additional advantage because her boyfriend, a huge gang member, will function as his protector. Dr Panzer, a dentist he hires to provide assistance, likes nitrous oxide better than the patients. Spider is a dangerous associate of Tyrone's. Clancy and his partner Keith are the local cops, and deadbeats. Phil is the resident physician "who writes prescriptions for anything and at 300 pounds, eats everything". There also are Max Roy, a second, and unfriendly, dentist, Charlie, who runs the local flop house Tony Chang, owner of a Chinese restaurant rumored to have "the best stuff, if you can afford it", and Miranda, a "Aunt Jemimah"-like cook in the local restaurant, who has a business on the side.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book had a great flow and does a wonderful job in creating the image of Chicago's Skid Row. This is the fiction that compliments Alex Gartel's research on Chicago's west side. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Luke von Rose
I really enjoyed this book. It is written with humor, compassion and an entertaining array of characters. Read morePublished on March 3, 2010 by B. Packer