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Synopsis: Mitch Tobin is a hard-nosed, disgraced ex-cop who spends his days building a wall around his back yard-until Ernie Rembeck walks into his life. Rembeck is a suave, educated mobster whose mistress has vanished along with the money he had stashed in her apartment. Now Mitch is looking for Rembeck's missing possessions and the persons responsible for their disappearance, and he is in for a wild ride. This take on the classic private eye novel is the first in a series by Westlake, heralded by New York Times critic Anthony Boucher as the rightful heir to Dashiell Hammett.
Review: Penzler Pick, November 2000: Donald E. Westlake alone in a room is practically an entire writers' conference. Under his own name he's known mainly for his twisty--some would say twisted--comic thrillers that have a wisecracking flavor all their own. As Westlake, too, he is the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Grifters, a take-no-prisoners masterpiece of film noir and the man responsible for the best-selling, blackly satiric novel The Ax. But at other moments in his career, he has been Richard Stark, Timothy J. Culver, Tucker Coe, and Curt Clark (this last a short- lived pseudonym used for a single science fiction title).
The "Coe" face of Westlake--his coe-conspirator, one might say--has finally been reissued, and Kinds of Love, Kinds of Death, the first Tucker Coe book, will please those fans eager to make the acquaintance of a favorite writer's older work. Originally published in 1966, Kinds of Love introduces Mitch Tobin, a former New York cop whose selfishness has helped cause the death of his partner and his own subsequent departure in disgrace from the force. Now at home in Queens, unemployed and unable to forgive himself, he remains determined to keep on turning that psycho-spiritual knife upon which he's impaled himself.
In a new introduction, Westlake explains how the self-tormenting character of Tobin came to be: "Since I was never content to just ride the road already traveled, but always wanted to twist the concept or embellish it or alter it somehow, this time the idea was that the detective was reluctant to be a detective, because he had serious problems of his own that consumed all his attention." Even given the reality of his despair, the traumatized Mitch continues to regard himself as "an honest man and a responsible citizen." Take it or leave it, he tells the syndicate crime boss who's hoping to hire him, convinced that this dishonored but still savvy one-time cop can discover who in his organization has brutally murdered his mistress. Accepting $5,000 for the job but refusing to keep the fact of his employment a secret from anyone who might think to ask, Mitch thus begins his new life as a private operative.
There are five Mitch Tobin novels in all; "Tucker Coe" stopped writing in 1972. Yet the books he created were both spare and unsparing, in the best 21st century tradition, and so mystery readers can be grateful to have them available once again. --Otto Penzler
Title: Kinds of Love, Kinds of Death
Publisher: Charter / Ace Books
Publication Date: 1979
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Book Description Charter Books, New York, 1976. Paperback. Condition: Very Good-. First Printing - First Thus. 215 pp. Edge and corner wear with a partial crease on the front cover and an uncreased spine; no interior markings. He was a former New York City cop, kicked off the force in disgrace because he was in bed with a married woman when his partner was killed. Seller Inventory # 208590
Book Description Ace Books. Paperback. Condition: VERY GOOD. Light rubbing wear to cover, spine and page edges. Very minimal writing or notations in margins not affecting the text. Possible clean ex-library copy, with their stickers and or stamp(s). Seller Inventory # 2820550828
Book Description Ace Books. Paperback. Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ€™ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Seller Inventory # 2845232564
Book Description Charter Books 1976-01-01, 1976. Paperback. Condition: Good. Books is in good condition. Some moderate creases and wear. This item may not come with CDs or additional parts and might be an ex-library copy. Seller Inventory # DS-0441444679-3