Game of Thirty

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Streetwise PI Jimmy McShane has seen plenty, but he's never seen anything like the murder of Tommy Rennseler. A wealthy antiques dealer with a passion for Egyptian artifacts, Rennseler was killed like an ancient Egyptian: injected with cobra venom and ritually disembowelled. When he's hired by the dead man's daughter, McShane realizes quickly that he's never seen anything like Temple Rennseler either. She's beautiful, exotic and'perhaps'extremely dangerous. She's also obsessed with the Game of 30, a centuries-old...

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Overview

Streetwise PI Jimmy McShane has seen plenty, but he's never seen anything like the murder of Tommy Rennseler. A wealthy antiques dealer with a passion for Egyptian artifacts, Rennseler was killed like an ancient Egyptian: injected with cobra venom and ritually disembowelled. When he's hired by the dead man's daughter, McShane realizes quickly that he's never seen anything like Temple Rennseler either. She's beautiful, exotic and'perhaps'extremely dangerous. She's also obsessed with the Game of 30, a centuries-old form of chess that'perhaps'foretells the future. The more enmeshed he gets with Temple, the more McShane succumbs to the lure of the Game. But just what game is Temple playing?

P.I. Jimmy McShane is hired to find the murderer of a Manhattan antiquities dealer, who met his death while engaged in the Game of Thirty, an ancient game played by the pharaohs. What our streetwise-and-weary hero discovers is that the killer is all set to play the game one more time, with McShane as his chosen opponent--or ultimate victim.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Game of Thirty is an ancient Egyptian board game in which the movement of pieces, according to the casting of bone dice, foreshadows events in the lives of the players. In Kotzwinkle's ( E.T. ; Doctor Rat ) noir novel for the 1990s, Manhattan is the ersatz playing board, and antiquities dealer Tommy Rennseler is a player whose piece was moved to the square of Rebirth (``your piece dies and has to start all over again'') on the night he was injected with cobra venom and disemboweled. High-tech detective Jimmy McShane is hired by Rennseler's daughter Temple to find her father's murderer. Aided by his office mate, Ann Henderson, a chiropractor with a New Age outlook and a talent for Sherlockian deduction, McShane moves around the city/board trying to discover who his opponent is. More murders and a suspect's involvement in child prostitution seem to sidetrack the plot, but in the end, all pieces, players and moves prove necessary to Kotzwinkle's resolution. McShane, Henderson and the supporting cast are fully three-dimensional and memorably idiosyncratic. In this game of 30, the reader is the winner, no contest. (June)
Library Journal
In Kotzwinkle's ( The Midnight Examiner , LJ 4/1/89; The Hot Jazz Trio , LJ 10/15/89) latest novel, we meet New Yorker James McShane, private detective extraordinaire, a man of wit, confidence, and panache. Assisted by his beautiful office neighbor, a people-smart chiropractor, McShane investigates the murder by evisceration of a wealthy antiquities dealer specializing in Egyptian artifacts. He alternately charms, bluffs, or pushes his way around a short list of suspects, including the dealer's quirky family, a mysteriously ubiquitous sender of warnings, and an old-money pedophile. The author's literate, fluid prose, which sparkles with le mot juste , thus reveals an admirable hero, solid plot, and Egyptian cachet as well as the author's versatility. Sure to be popular. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/94.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933397689
  • Publisher: Felony & Mayhem, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/25/2007
  • Series: Jimmy Mcshane Pi Series , #1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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