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Set to Kill Hardcover – February, 1993

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In his first mystery, Marx, son of the famous comedian and author of My Life with Groucho , offers a mean-spirited, unfunny, ill-characterized and improbable Tinseltown tale. Washed-up Hollywood scriptwriter Gabe Steel, faced with hard times and an apparent industry boycott on writers pushing 40, trades in his computer for a tennis racquet and a paid gig as manager at a swank Beverly Hills sports club whose members pay $40,000 in annual dues. But his carefree life is soon interrupted by a spate of wallet-stealings in the locker room and the sudden death of Danny, the locker-room attendant. Gabe soon gets the police on his case, a sound beating for his troubles, and Jenny, the front-desk attendant, as his willing girl Friday when he hits the trail of the thief and killer. Not so much a narrative as a wayward collection of unlikely developments, capped by an even less credible conclusion, this is a dismal tale with no one whom readers can care for in its callous, misogynistic cast of characters.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 361 pages
  • Publisher: Barricade Books; 1St Edition edition (February 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942637801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942637809
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,372,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've been a fan of Arthur Marx for many years, and his writing style has influenced me greatly. From his biographies of such stars as Bob Hope and Groucho Marx to his contributions to the 1970s sitcom, 'Alice', Arthur's writings have never failed to entertain. 'Set To Kill' is his first fiction title, and a fine one at that. Marx's dark humor mixed in with a suspenseful storyline captivates readers from page one and makes 'Set To Kill' a real page-turner. Though it was released over a decade ago, this witty and thought-provoking prose can stand on its own against any of today's top-selling mystery novels.
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