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Doppelgangster (Esther Diamond Series #2)
     

Doppelgangster (Esther Diamond Series #2)

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by Laura Resnick
 

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"In Laura Resnick's Doppelgangster, the New York actress is 'resting' between roles by working as a singing waitress at a Manhattan mob restaurant because wiseguys tip well. Then duplicated gangsters appear, bullets start flying, and it's up to Esther and her friend Max the Magician to fight Evil by stopping the gang war before it starts killing the wrong

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Doppelgangster (Esther Diamond Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Wisdana More than 1 year ago
unfortunately, the first book in the series is out of print. But the second one reads well without reading the first one.
Patokagwp More than 1 year ago
I read her first book and loved it. The characters were believable - like who wants to be involved with fighting evil and trying to earn a living at the same time? This second book was just as good. A person needs to work to pay bills and live. And you take what you can get! This was well worth the money, an enjoyable read, no holier than thou pretensions. This is a welcome change from the cliched plot where the whole world revolves around the characters. This is where the characters does the necessary but aren't really thrilled about it. Wonderful, wonderful and a great way to escape one's own problems. Thank you Laura for realistic reactions to unreal situations!
harstan More than 1 year ago
New York actress Esther Diamond waits for her next gig, but brings in needed cash while resting between roles as a singing waitress at Bella Stella because the patrons when they are not killed are mobsters who everyone knows are the best tippers. As she shares Ben and Jerry with NYPD Irish-Cuban police detective Connor Lopez, the deceased gangsters suddenly return to life. Connor leads the investigations into the dead firing guns with real ammo. At the same Eastern Standard Time, Esther and her unwise in the way of street magic but a guru with magic-Magic, Max the Magician and his crime fighting companion Nelli the saliva canine queen at her side, also makes inquiries on a slightly different plane than the cops as a gang war from beyond threaten the streets of Manhattan. The sequel to Disappearing Nightly is an amusing urban fantasy starring a wonderful heroine surrounded by a horde of eccentrics, one straight cop, and one interfering matchmaking mom. The jocular story line is filled with a fast-paced frenzy from the first magical mugging until the last as Esther proves once again to be a reader's best friend with her misadventures in Manhattan mystical mayhem. Harriet Klausner
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silverjo More than 1 year ago
In Dopplegangster, Esther Diamond and friends are at it again. Her Off -Broadway show has closed and she is back working as a singing waitress at a restaurant where members of the mob hang out. Detective Lopez, her want to be boy friend, is afraid something bad will happen to her there and wants her to find another job. He is proven right when Charlie Chiccante is murdered right after telling Ester that he has just seen his doppio. A doppio is a perfect duplicate of a person and a sign of immediate death. When other doppelgangers start to show up Esther goes to her old friend Max for help and the fun begins.
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Lev_Darom More than 1 year ago
The word schtick in Yiddish means the type of thing that you are usually found doing for a vocation, job or way of life. The escapism of this second in a series volume provides the environment of a familiar, if slightly off kilter world. The use of puns, pronouns, and ponderous pearls of bon mots made it highly enjoyable for me. (remember that mot for some means member of the tribe) This was NOT an angst ridden teen age foray into the supernatural. This was a mature if irreverent look at a style of writing and talking damn yankees appreciate. That it pokes fun made an older. grayer wiser veteran reader sit back and enjoy. It was like finding your favorite restaurant meal with a new spice that made it more welcome than usual.
fiendishlybookish More than 1 year ago
All Esther Diamond wants is a decent acting role that she can be proud of (and her typically Jewish mother can be proud of as well!) she'll do anything to get her to stop nagging. Plus, it would be nice to get a regular paycheck. And finally go on a hot sexy date with her police detective boyfriend. But it looks as if that's not in the cards for Esther. At least not while Mercury is in retrograde and her proverbial job as a singing waitress at Bella Stella's (the mob version of Casablanca) is soon to hit the skids. When Esther's favorite wiseguy customer Chubby Charlie Chiccante is gunned down in front of her after seeing his mystical doppelganger, she's drawn deeply into a web of magical intrigue and the mobster underworld. Who is creating the magical doppelganger assassins that threaten to start an all out mob war between New York's notorious crime families? And can she stop it before she ends up sleeping with the fishes too? Doppelgangster is an energetic gangster tale with elements of the paranormal that is both witty and hilarious. At first, I didn't know what to expect when starting it. Was it a paranormal? Was it a mystery? Was it a thriller? Was it a romance? I was so pleasantly surprised to find that it was all of these things and more. Diving into Doppelgangster was like getting the best piece of the pie and slowly savoring each bite. Resnick is in her element with Doppelgangster's dialogue. She's a powerhouse with it. The funny and engaging mobsterisms are rampant, clever, and her character interactions are simply gut busting. In fact the two most important aspects of Resnick's tale are the originality of her idea and the brilliant character interactions. Esther, paired with Lucky, Max, and Nelli at the behest of the Gambello's shy don makes this one of the funniest books I've read this year. I laughed non-stop throughout this book. There is a small thread of romance between Esther and her slurpalicious detective Lopez. But so far, the mobster shenanigans ensuing have firmly placed the lovers on opposite camps: Lopez on the side of the law and Esther helping the "family". While this tenuous thread between the two of them was smoking hot, I suspect that we'll be seeing more of sexy Detective Lopez in Resnick's next novel. Especially the barest hint that he might not be what he seems, and could be psychically gifted. If you want to truly be entertained, (and laugh out loud frequently) and enjoy storytelling at its best, give Doppelgangster a whirl! And don't forget Esther's first story in "Disappearing Nightly". Resnick's next installment is out August 2010 entitled "Unsympathetic Magic". Yippee! A Fiendishly Bookish Review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Laura Resnick hooked me from the very begining with this book. It was enough differant from what I usually read that i truelly enjoyed it. I will now have to go and read the first one.
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