The Game of Thirty

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Felony & Mayhem, 2007 - Fiction - 271 pages
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A hardboiled mystery that will satisfy the most discerning thriller reader: great plot, interesting characters, vivid Manhattan backdrop, and the added spice of the exotic, ancient Egyptian game that gives the novel its name. * Author has significant cult following. * A superb homage to classic private-eye novels, the book is a great choice for fans of Raymond Chandler. * Ancient Egypt angle makes the book appealing to women who might otherwise stay away from private-eye novels. ** Kotzwinkle's enormous popularity as a children's & YA author translates into a new generation of readers who have just reached the age to appreciate this title which has been out of print for several years. * Atmospheric New York City setting.* A suspense novel that ranks with the classics of the genre -- Stephen King * When a first-class mainstream writer turns his hand to genre fiction, the results are seldom mediocre...

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Meet Jimmy McShane, private eye: street-smart, female-ogling, smart-mouthed, sharp-dressing—well, you know the type. (Picture Bruce Willis in the movie version.) His sidekick is Jane Henderson, a ... Read full review

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User Review  - JimPratt - LibraryThing

This is a pleasantly diverting mystery that uses the first person hard-boiled style with satisfactory results. The usual features of the unpolished diamond character loved by all; the beautiful but ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

William Kotzwinkle was born in 1938 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He attended Rider College and Pennsylvania State University.He worked as an editor and writer in the 1960s. William Kotzwinkle is an accomplished author who is best known for his book of the film E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, but who has produced a range of work for both adults and children that often transgresses genre boundaries and the distinction between serious and popular fiction. Beginning as a children's writer with The Fireman, he then published novels for adults such as Hermes 3000, The Fan Man, and Queen of Swords, which began to establish him as an original and distinctive novelist. But it was Doctor Rat that made his reputation as a powerful fantasy writer with a sharp satirical edge. The novel focuses upon laboratory rats whose spokesman, the Doctor Rat of the title, eventually escapes from the vast laboratory where experiments on his fellow-creatures are taking place, and whose adventures are interwoven with shorter tales told by animals of different kinds who finally try to form a whole that will make humans more peaceful and benign. But they are all killed. William Kotzwinkle is a novelist and poet, who is known for his broad range of style and subject. He is a two-time recipient of the National Magazine Award for Fiction, a National Book Critics Circle Award nominee. He lives with his wife, author Elizabeth Gundy, in Maine. He has won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel for Doctor Rat in 1977. He published The Million Dollar Bear in 1994.

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