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The Pot Thief Who Studied Ptolemy Paperback – November 15, 2009
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The second Pot Thief book is out. Time to return to lazy afternoons at Dos Hermanas Tortilleria, where the food is choice and the company even better. --Lou Allin, author of Man Corn Murders.
Mike Orenduff is a wordmeister. Old Town Albuquerque is a perfect setting for his memorable characters as he weaves them through the story like the threads of an old Navajo rug. --Marie Romero Cash, author of Tortilla Chronicles
Orenduff knows how to spin an intelligent tale and turn a surprising phrase. --F. M. Meredith, author of An Axe to Grind and other Rocky Bluff P.D. mysteries
About the Author
Mike Orenduff grew up in a house so close to the Rio Grande that he could Frisbee a flour tortilla into Mexico from his back yard, a practice frowned upon by his mother. Like his protagonist, Hubert Schuze, Orenduff studied anthropology but never completed a degree in that subject. He did eventually receive a masters degree from the University of New Mexico and a doctorate in mathematical logic from Tulane. He has taught in New Mexico, Texas, Maine, New York, Wyoming, Bulgaria, Utah, Chile, Louisiana, Bermuda, and Georgia. He is married to his high school sweetheart, the noted art historian Lai Chew Orenduff, author of The Transformation of Catholic Religious Art in the Twentieth Century: Father Marie-Alain Couturier and the Church at Assy, France (The Edwin Mellen Press, New York and Wales).
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BTW Ptolemy lived in Egypt, but he was Greek. And he did pronounce the "P" and the "T" together. Look it up.
Hubert has a difficult time even locating these particular pots, and in the meantime meets a hot woman, does a little B & E, and gets accused of a murder. How's that for a few day's work?
Hubert Schuze is an unconventional hero in today's market, unique in that he is physically unimposing, incredibly bright, and drives his own story. When anything happens to him that is out of his control, he answers back by using his noggin, ultimately solving crimes the police can't. He's an endearing geek, awkward and lovable, and it's nice to see him having just a smidge of luck in the romance department in this one.
I don't want to give away too much of the plot, so I'll end by saying Orenduff's Pot Thief series is a must-read. He tells a compelling story, weaving his words in such a way they should be used as an example for all writers on how to show-not-tell. If you don't laugh out loud at Hubert's antics and some of the positions he finds himself in, you either have no sense of humor or you're already dead.
This is a great story by a great writer.
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