Murder in Silverplate

D'Ammassa, Don

Published by Five Star
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Synopsis: Vicki Sanders, recently promoted Quality Control Manager at Standard Silver, reports to work one day only to discover the Production Manager murdered. A few days later, the company president is found dead. Detective Walter Henderson, Vicki's father, begins his investigation. The interviews reveal a number of personality conflicts, but nothing that offers any possible solution. Vicki conducts a private investigation of her own, following leads that end up getting her nowhere. While it appears that everyone who could possibly have killed either man has an ironclad alibi, Henderson reluctantly considers the possibility that there might be two different killers. But it is Vicki who still has to work with the employees at Standard Silver, one of them possibly the killer.

Don D'Ammassa lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

From Publishers Weekly: "If everyone who disliked his or her boss committed murder, the entire economy would grind to a halt." That's the conclusion exasperated police detective Walter Henderson comes to when confronted by an abundance of suspects with neither good motives nor solid alibis in D'Ammassa's sluggish tale of homicide in the workplace. Employees at Standard Silver, a specialty manufacturer of silver-plated tchotchkes, arrive at work one morning to find manager Frank Antonelli crushed to death in a press "accident" that screams murder. Interrogations reveal that virtually everyone has some gripes with Frank and Standard, including quality control manager Vicki Sanders, who just happens to be Henderson's spunky daughter. A chip off the old block, Vicki decides to do some sleuthing of her own, but her investigations are hampered by still more employee killings. Frank's gruesome death starts the story off with a visceral jolt, but the narrative bogs down shortly after as detectives go about the tedious chore of grilling the suspects about their jobs. The numbing minutiae they relate grounds the story in realistic detail, but it makes everyone sound drably indistinguishable and keeps the narrative from developing any momentum. To his credit, D'Ammassa (Scarab) paints a credible portrait of a work force either demoralized or Machiavellian enough to treat murder as a labor-saving device for climbing the corporate ladder.
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Title: Murder in Silverplate
Publisher: Five Star
Binding: Hardcover
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Don D'Ammassa
Published by Five Star, United States (2004)
ISBN 10: 1594142602 ISBN 13: 9781594142604
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Book Description Five Star, United States, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Five Star, 2004; stated First Edition, stated first printing. Author¿s first mystery. Glossy illustrated boards. Scarce. Book Condition: Fine: The spine is square and unmarked. The front board is clean. The rear board is clean. The board corners are sharp. The board edges are clean. The pages are white and unmarked. The page edges are clean. The book is tight and unread. Note: glossy edges + scanner illumination producing apparent marks at edges in photos. Dust jacket Condition: Near Fine: Not Price clipped ($25.95). The front is clean. The back is clean. The spine shows a tiny pinch on the head, else clean. The front panel shows mild pinching along the top edge, else clean. The back panel shows mild pinching along the top edge, else clean. The jacket is enclosed in a Mylar cover. This book will be shipped the day after receipt of payment in a new archival bag and bubble wrapped in a new box with a USPS tracking number. International buyers: heavier books may require additional shipping charges. Seller Inventory # HC124681

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