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The delightful private eye team graces another mystery by the author of Money Burns. Divorced Fiddler and Fiora get along better than most married couples. When U.S. Customs Department agents start grilling Fiora's twin brother about his involvement in the Silicon Valley export business, the pair swings into action to save Danny from the Feds, his nemesis--and himself. Reissue.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385192590
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/1985
  • Series: Fiddler and Fiora Series
  • Pages: 240

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Lowell

"A. E. Maxwell" is the pseudonym of husband-and-wife writing team, Ann and Evan Maxwell. Ann also writes New York Times best-selling suspense novels under the name "Elizabeth Lowell," most recently, Blue Smoke and Murder.

Biography

Extensive and versatile, Elizabeth Lowell's résumé of titles (in almost every genre) is as long as the list of her various pen names. She's written science fiction, mystery and romance. She's also penned historical fiction and collaborated on a movie novelization. So prolific is Lowell that she and her husband, Evan Maxwell, have had to create a whole raft of pseudonyms for her books.

Her earliest work, from the 1970s, is science fiction and is written under her actual name, Ann Maxwell. The romances she and her husband began writing together in the early '90s are under the same name, because their publisher wanted a female author’s name on the cover. Their Southern California mystery series featuring the divorced lovers Fiddler and Fiora are written under A. E. Maxwell (Ann and Evan), while their joint novelization of the 1992 Val Kilmer movie Thunderheart is under the name Lowell Charters (his middle name and her maiden name.)

Her biggest solo success, the romance novels that have taken her repeatedly to The New York Times bestseller list, are credited to Elizabeth Lowell -- a combination of the couple’s middle names.

Lowell’s romances are noted for their sass and, of course, their sex. But her characterizations, particularly, draw high marks. "Elizabeth Lowell's talent is enormous," wrote The Romance Reader in its review of 1984's Forget Me Not. "She has made a well-deserved name for herself by crafting likable, plucky heroines and enigmatic but intelligent heroes." And, in 1996 the Chicago Tribune wrote, "The protagonist she has chosen for her hardcover debut, Winter Fire could give a Navy SEAL lessons in survival."

Lowell embarked on a popular series in 1997 with the publication of Amber Beach, which introduced readers to the Donovan family, titans in the menacing world of precious gemstones who must dodge murderers, thieves, and power-hungry governments to protect their business. Of the first in the series, Kirkus Reviews wrote, "A romance that offers all the sexual tension, adventure and squishy clichés that fans of the genre could possibly want."

When Lowell was getting started as sci-fi writer Ann Maxwell, she was writing on legal pads while caring for her two young children. Evan was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, covering international crime. In the early 1980s, after he had already collaborated on three mystery novels with Lowell, Maxwell decided to quit daily journalism and write fiction full-time.

The couple has since become a cottage industry of genre fiction operating out of their Seattle-area home. They collaborate on some projects, go solo on others. Lowell has described a seven-day-a week work packed with deadlines, an organized effort that starts out with book outlines that typically take about a month to draft as well as character sketches. Then the writing begins.

"My fiction deals with problems of strength rather than problems of weakness," she told Contemporary Authors. There is no appeal or purpose for me in reading -- or writing -- fiction that portrays incessant, excruciating, and pointless pain in the lives of characters."

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Readers are surprised to find out that the books Lowell writes with her husband are true collaborations. "In fact, a lot of people, once they know, say, 'Oh, I know who did this in the book, and I know who did this,' and they're almost invariably wrong," she told the Los Angeles Times.

Two of the most intriguing time periods for Lowell are medieval England and the post-Civil War period in the American West. "In both cases it was a time of expanded possibilities for individuals, regardless of birth or heritage, to create a better life and, ultimately, a better world, from chaos," she told Contemporary Authors.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Ann Maxwell; A .E. Maxwell; Annalise Sun; Lowell Charters
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 5, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    1. Education:
      B. A., University of California, 1966

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Typical Fiddler material

    I like the first person perspective. Would like to see more romantic involvement. Ann Maxwell aka Elizabeth Lowell puts mystery thriller and romance together very well.

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

    Just Another Day in Paradise proved to be a thoroughly unexpected but enjoyable read.

    I picked up a copy of Just Another Day in Paradise on the recommendation of an older neighbor who happened to read the series of books when they were originally published. Despite the fact the book was written over 20 years ago, making it a bit dated (the characters searching for pay phones and reading telexes), the story was just as enjoyable and engaging as any of today's romantic thrillers. Fiddler is a "piece of work" you can't help but love and admire for his ingenuity and devotion to come to the rescue of his beloved Fiona. It was also an interesting refresher course on the dawn of the computer age in Southern California, the agonizing plight of the dislocated Vietnamese following the Viet Nam war, and the world wide political atmosphere during the late '70's, early '80's. Cannot wait for The Frog and Scorpion to go on sale in June, and just hope the publishers will continue to publish the rest of the series in the near future.

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