Scamming the Birdman: A Dr. Thomas Purdue Mystery

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9780373263875: Scamming the Birdman: A Dr. Thomas Purdue Mystery

Life's been routine for Thomas Purdue since he and his friends solved the music box murders last Christmas. It's the following summer now, a steamy August in New York, and Thomas' friend Hugh Curtis has just burst in with the appalling news that someone ripped off his world-class collection of musical snuffboxes. Not just any someone, either: the thief is Vincent LoPriore, a very nasty, intimidating man who happens to be an ardent collector of elegant antique singing mechanical birds. Not only that: LoPriore enlisted the aid of Hugh's wife Maddy to make off the with the collection and all proof of Hugh's ownership. Worst of all, Maddy is now in the Manhattan Medical Emergency Room, with nine toes in the grave.

Lost collection ... lost wife ... Hugh Curtis has no recourse. Or does he? Thomas has an idea. With the help of his old friends Broadway Schwartz, Big Al Resford, and Frank the Crank, he sets out to put matters right. But it's a big job, so Thomas recruits some new players into the gang; Edna Reynolds, makeup artist; Cleveland Gackle, lockpicker extraordinaire; Mick the Dick and Soapy Sandy, strong-arm and pickpocket team; "Nozey" Espinoza, hotel owner; and Fenton Dassidario, electronic genius.

And then there's their mark: The Birdman. "What Vincent LoPriore wants, Vincent LoPriore gets," he said to Hugh Curtis. In this marvelous sequel to The Music Box Murders, Thomas sets out to give LoPriore a lot more than he wants!

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Mr. Karp lives with his wife outside of Seattle, WA.

Review:

"... great read." -- The Pilot, Southern Pines, NC, July 10, 2000

"... rapid tale of scams, combined with cons, combined with hustles. Do not play pool or poker with this man." -- Jack Cady, Off Season

"...his {Karp's} ending is one that's worthy of Westlake and then some." -- L.A. Times, March 26, 2000

"The sting in Scamming the Birdman is intricate and immensely satisfying." -- The Tacoma News Tribune, March 2000

"We just loved the first book, and we loved this one even more." -- Mary Higgins Clark Mystery Magazine, Summer 2000

"Witty dialogue, hair-trigger plotting and an ending that will set you right back on your heels." --

Scamming the Birdman is a museum-quality madcap masterpiece." -- The Bellingham Herald, August 20, 2000

a brillant and satisfying conclusion." -- Musical Box Society International, Issue 154, May/June 2000

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