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Death in Pilsen based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
After working as a foreign correspondent in London Tribune reporter Snap Malek is back in 1946 Chicago investigating the latest murder of a war bride who just happened to have been married to his cousin. Since Snap grew up with and cared for the introverted young man who had been virtually abandoned by his mother Snap believes that Charlie Malek is incapable of committing murder. To prove his cousin¿s innocence Snap begins by visiting a local tavern where the London bride earned a reputation for attracting suitors with shady reputations. Aided by an attractive war widow Snap tracks down four men who were lured into the web of Edwina Malek, a beautiful woman who was one of the many women who married in order to gain entry to the States. A veteran Chicago Tribune reporter and editor as well as the author of seven Nero Wolfe novels, Goldsborough successfully recreates the post-war era in the third entry of this series featuring Snap Malek. In contrast to the grittier noir novels of this era Snap is happily married to his second wife, has a loving relationship with his grown son who hopes to work with Frank Lloyd Wright, and maintains a cordial working arrangement with the police. Never fear, though, Snap still manages to get into his share of bar fights and disagreements with the cops heading the investigation. Still, Snap is a pleasant contrast to the emotionally and often physically tortured detectives of the forties and fifties and A Death in Pilsen is an enjoyable, witty read. My only complaint is that the resolution comes a little too abruptly, although this is remedied by a surprising last-minute twist. This is a fun, fast read that vividly recreates the atmosphere of a bygone era.
Robert Goldsborough steps away from Nero Wolfe to continue his stories of Snap Malek. Snap is a reporter in Chicago, and begins an investigation into the murder of Edwina Malek, the wife of Snaps' cousin, Charlie. The time is 1946, and like much of the radio mysteries from the era of the '30s and '40s, the story is fast paced and direct, with a twist at the end. Throw in some true-life characters and events, such as Frank Lloyd Wright and the Degnan murder, and the atmosphere of the post-WWII era is complete. Let's hope Snap Malek continues to 'stick his nose' into more mysteries,