Flesh and Stone (A Michael Carpo Mystery)

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When the corpse of an art dealer is found encased in ice with a scream of terror carved into the face, reporter Michael Carpo enters a world of betrayal and intrigue that takes him from the Metropolitan Museum to the rough streets of New York, on the trail of a killer who threatens to reveal dark secrets from the past. Reprint.

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For a number of reasons, this book ought to work just fine. There's a plucky and idealistic TV newsman named Michael Carpo who likes gourmet coffee and befriends cold prostitutes on icy New York City nights. He gets a call one night from an art dealer asking for help. The dealer soon turns up dead beneath the frozen water of the reservoir in Central Park. The dead dealer's final love was Carpo's college girlfriend, and it turns out that she figured prominently in the dealer's sometimes dubious claims of artwork authenticity. When some tricky aspects of chronology make it evident that the man who made the call and the chilly corpse aren't one and the same, Miano seems to have a good whodunit cooking. There's even java (the drinking kind) lore aplenty, not to mention some macabre weirdness as Carpo listens to the killer's frightening description of how he killed the dealer?and that he plans similar treatment for Carpo (a fate that might remind readers of the deaths devised for the caped crusader on the old Batman TV show). But a reader's appreciation of all these elements is severely eroded by the fact that the killer is introduced too late in the narrative and, even more so, by the lumpen, uninspired prose of Miano's first novel.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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New author Miano begins with a seemingly standard opening: noteworthy gallery owner Frank Werner arranges to talk to a television reporter, misses the appointment, then turns up dead. As the reporter, 28-year-old Michael Carpo, then struggles to find out who killed Werner, the plot develops vicious barbs. A vigilant enemy delivers Carpo's inside knowledge to rival news agencies, making his life miserable at work, exposing an important informant, and alienating ex-flame Karen (also a friend of the victim). A smooth, ultimately surprising plot that is eminently readable. For most collections.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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