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Lupoff, Richard A.

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ISBN 10: 0312113323 / ISBN 13: 9780312113322
Published by St. Martin's., NY:, 1994
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Signed by Lupoff. A fine copy in a near ine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 12814

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Publisher: St. Martin's., NY:

Publication Date: 1994

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st edition

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When MacReedy cashes an ancient insurance policy, nobody remembers that he was a pioneer black filmmaker--at least, not until the fire at Berkeley's Pacific Film Archive proves to be arson. By the author of The Bessie Blue Killer.

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Despite occasionally stilted prose and some dubious police procedure, the latest in the Hobart Lindsey/Marvia Plum series (after The Bessie Blue Killer) is an effective puzzler in which the appealing interracial team (Lindsey is white; Plum is black) explore the early days of black filmmaking in California. Insurance investigator Lindsey checks out the fire at the Pacific Film Archive in which a graduate student died and learns from his significant other, Berkeley police officer Plum, that the fire was caused by arson. The next day, 90-year-old Edward MacReedy appears at Lindsey's office to collect on his recently deceased wife's 1934, $25 whole-life policy; while he's there, his retirement-home room is torched, destroying the records and mementos of his years as a film director. Determining that the second fire was a case of arson similar to the first, Lindsey doggedly sniffs out what MacReedy knows and tries to figure out why, and to whom, the old director's memories are a threat. With a perspective on black filmmaking and skillful pacing, Lupoff makes the most of both period and suspense elements in his mystery.
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