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Otherwise Known as Murder

McGaughey, Neil

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ISBN 10: 0684196743 / ISBN 13: 9780684196749
Published by Charles Scribner's Sons, N . Y., 1994
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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The hard cover and the jacket has very light shelf wear . Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # MY 10715

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Title: Otherwise Known as Murder

Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons, N . Y.

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Cover Art

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st.

Book Type: Hard Back

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Stokes Moran, a syndicated critic of crime fiction trying to write his own novel, takes a lucrative job for Playboy to uncover the identity of pseudonymous mystery writer Seymour Severe, but his task is soon complicated by murder. A first novel.

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McGaughey, a mystery reviewer for a Jackson, Mississippi paper, should have enough experience to know what sets a best-selling crime tale apart from just another wannabe. Knowing what it takes and being able to produce it, however, are very different things. This mishmash of various writing styles and approaches mixes a lighthearted (but quite implausible) plot, a fun (but highly improbable) ending, and a likable (but amazingly gullible) hero. Mystery reviewer Stokes Moran is pleasantly surprised when his agent tells him that Playboy has offered $25,000 if Stokes can find and interview elusive crime writer Seymour Severe. Based on a few flimsy tips, Stokes decides Severe lives in New Orleans and travels there to track him downapparently by simply wandering the streets of the French Quarter and hoping real hard. His plan goes awry when he's drugged and wakes up in bed with a corpse. Eeek! But Stokes isn't about to roll over and play dead. This is a mildly amusing and entertaining book, but, unfortunately, it doesn't prove that mystery critics make great novelists. Emily Melton

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