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Terror at the Fair Paperback – April 1, 2011
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Through his mystery-loving mother, Robert Goldsborough became hooked on Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe mysteries while still in his teens, eventually reading all of the 70-plus adventures featuring the rotund, orchid-growing, beer-swilling, gourmet-food-loving genius and his irreverent and free-wheeling assistant, Archie Goodwin. After Stout’s death in 1975, Goldsborough decided to write a Wolfe story for his mother. That novel, “Murder in E Minor,” eventually got published by Bantam Books, followed by six other Wolfe tales. But as much as Goldsborough enjoyed writing these murder mysteries, he longed to create his own character. Thus was born Steve “Snap” Malek, a wisecracking Chicago Tribune police reporter who just may bear some resemblance to Archie Goodwin. Goldsborough, himself a former Tribune reporter and editor, has set his Malek stories in the 1930s and ’40s, in part because of his interest in Chicago history and the intriguing characters who have passed through the rough-and-tumble metropolis. The reporter frequently finds himself in historical situations interacting with such personalities as Al Capone, legendary actress Helen Hayes, baseball great Dizzy Dean, eccentric architect Frank Lloyd Wright, film pioneer Walt Disney, and atom bomb physicist Enrico Fermi. Through it all, Malek remains unimpressed by celebrity and far more interested in scoops–to the point where he frequently finds himself in deadly peril. But as Goldsborough points out, newspaper reporters are supposed to be intrepid.
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So...if you consider sex, violence and obscenities necessary and spectator sports you will find these novels dull. If you like good writing and "page turners" you've got a treat in store.
I anxiously awaited this one and devoured it and now cant wait for Mr. Goldsborough to bring us another in the ongoing series.
Kudos for a well written, engaging mystery with well fleshed out characters. a fun trip back in history.