Elephants in the Distance

Front Cover
W. Morrow, 1989 - Fiction - 226 pages
9 Reviews
Paul Galliard is a magician by training and heredity: his father died performing the Bullet Catch, an infamous trick that over the centuries has claimed the lives of more than a dozen magicians. A pragmatist, Paul confines his conjuring to commercials; he shows up often on TV screens, demonstrating the magical power of some brand of household cleanser. Then he gets a call. A producer wants to do a show highlighting his father's old cronies, those grizzled vets of the glory days of TV magic-acts. Their top-hats are moth-eaten, their rabbits have arthritis, but they're desperate for one last shot at the limelight. Paul would like to give it to them - these fellows all but raised him. But there's a catch - a Bullet Catch, to be precise. Either Paul does the trick that killed his father, or the show doesn't go on. Stashower works powerful magic of the literary kind . . . this is a model whodunit, expertly constructed and executed with real finesse - New York Times

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: Elephants in the Distance

User Review  - Jim Teggelaar - Goodreads

Daniel Stashower's prose is terrific, and his story about murder and a bunch of magicians is hard to put down. Easily worth five stars for its genre, but I was just a bit disappointed with the end ... Read full review

Review: Elephants in the Distance

User Review  - Cindy - Goodreads

Great little mystery. Magical characters. I love when a mystery writer surprises me! Read full review


Section 1
Section 2
Section 3

20 other sections not shown

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1989)

Daniel Stashower is the author of four mystery novels and a winner of the Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship in Detective and Crime Fiction Writing. He lives in Bethesda, MD.

Bibliographic information