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The Body Shop: An Aaron Asherfeld Mystery

David Berlinski

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ISBN 10: 0312139357 / ISBN 13: 9780312139353
Published by St Martins Pr, 1996
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: The Body Shop: An Aaron Asherfeld Mystery

Publisher: St Martins Pr

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1st - may be Reissue.

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Hired by the accounting firm of Plumbeck and Ergenweiler to investigate the disappearance of the partners's shared mistress, San Francisco investigator Aaron Asherfeld finds himself embroiled in a sexual harassment suit and a drug dealer's pursuits.

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Has all-purpose misanthrope Aaron Asherfeld been mellowing too long in the California sun? The meanest detective this side of Inspector Dover gives a dollar to a panhandler, fails to kick a particularly provoking police dog (a German shepherd named Officer Reinhardt), and ventures scarcely an anti-ethnic syllable during his third case (Less Than Meets the Eye, 1994, etc.). Maybe he's subdued by the improbable beauty of the person he's looking for: receptionist Alicia Tamaroff, whom financial planners Marvin Plumbeck and Eddie Ergenweiler have installed on San Francisco's Russian Hill as the kept woman they share with a lesser associate who gets only Fridays. And maybe he's thrown off his stride by the sheer loopyness of the mistress who's gone AWOL and filed a harassment suit. As Asherfeld waffles between interviewing Alicia's therapist (whose shingle ought to read Practice Restricted to Bimbos), tracking down Alicia's Russian connections, and worrying about a second, apparently unrelated lawsuit Marvin and Eddie have to deal with, each new subplot is ripe with promise. But the book, whose ramshackle plot seems to have been cobbled together by a committee, never ties them all together, and it's something of a miracle when Asherfeld finally rings down the curtain. The biggest disappointment, though, is Asherfeld's suspiciously equable comportment throughout. What's he got to be so happy about, anyway? -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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