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"As dark and twisted as anything Hammett or Chandler ever dreamed up" Kirkus, Starred Review

Harvey Mapes is a 26-year-old security guard who learned everything he knows about being a private eye from books and TV ... and who is about to discover that the differences between fact and fiction can be fatal.

(Formerly published as "The Man with the Iron On Badge"

CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR "WATCH ME DIE"

"Approaching the level of Lawrence Block is no mean feat, but Goldberg succeeds with...

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Overview

"As dark and twisted as anything Hammett or Chandler ever dreamed up" Kirkus, Starred Review

Harvey Mapes is a 26-year-old security guard who learned everything he knows about being a private eye from books and TV ... and who is about to discover that the differences between fact and fiction can be fatal.

(Formerly published as "The Man with the Iron On Badge"

CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR "WATCH ME DIE"

"Approaching the level of Lawrence Block is no mean feat, but Goldberg succeeds with this engaging PI novel." Publishers Weekly

"A wonderfully fresh voice in the mystery genre, Goldberg will delight fans of Janet Evanovich and Robert Crais," - Rick Riordan, author of "Percy Jackson & the Olympians"

"Lee Goldberg bravely marches into territory already staked out by some fierce competition--Donald Westlake, Lawrence Block, the early Harlan Coben--and comes out virtually unscathed." The Chicago Tribune

"Goldberg has a knack for combining just the right amount of humor and realism with his obvious love for the PI genre and his own smart ass sensibilities. [...]A terrific read. Goldberg is the real deal and should be on everyone's must read list." Crimespree Magazine

"A quick, fun read with a satisfying and unexpected ending. Harvey Mapes is a hero I hope we see in a sequel." -- Phillip Margolin, author of "Gone But Not Forgotten"

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Approaching the level of Lawrence Block is no mean feat, but Goldberg succeeds with this engaging PI novel.
Chicago Tribune
Lee Goldberg bravely marches into territory already staked out by some fierce
competition--Donald Westlake, Lawrence Block, the early Harlan Coben--and comes out virtually unscathed.
Kirkus Reviews
As dark and twisted as anything Hammett or Chandler ever dreamed up [...] leaving Travis McGee in the dust.
Crimespree Magazine
Goldberg has a knack for combining just the right amount of humor and realism with his obvious love for the PI genre and his own smart ass sensibilities. THE MAN WITH THE IRON ON BADGE is a terrific read. Goldberg is the real deal and should be on everyone’s must read list.
Barry Eisler
Great concept and great execution...it's funny, thrilling, and quirky, with a completely satisfying ending you won't see coming.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615499703
  • Publisher: Adventures in Television
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 838,323
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Goldberg
Lee Goldberg is a New York Times bestselling author and a two-time Edgar Award nominee. His many TV writing & producing credits include "SeaQuest," "Spenser For Hire," "Diagnosis Murder," "The Glades," and "Monk." His books include "King City," "Watch me Die," the "Diagnosis Murder" and "Monk" series of original mystery novels. He's also the author, with Janet Evanovich, of the Fox & O'Hare series of international #1 bestsellers, including "Pros & Cons," "The Heist" and "The Chase."
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  • Posted August 30, 2011

    Funny, sexy, mysterious and very well done

    This is the story of sad Harvey Mapes and how he tried to become Travis McGee, or the International Op, or even, Joe Mannix. If you want to know how well he succeeded, read the story. It's a very funny novel. It's a very good plot with some surprising twists I never saw coming. A couple of warnings may be in order. There is some really powerful and explicit brutality in this novel. There is some sex and some frank language. Finally, if you are a down and died-in-the-wool, living-it-to-the-end rabid crime fiction fan, you may want to skip this one, because Goldberg manages to diss just about every film and TV detective from "The Great Train Robbery, (1903) to Sherlock Holmes, to Ephram Zimbalist Jr. and just about every detective novelist from Collins to Connelly and Crais.
    The author also manages to head-slap the film and TV industries and not a few publishing efforts. That it all works in service to the story and sad Harvey Mapes is testament to the skill and artistry of the creator of "Watch Me Die. Lee Goldberg certainly has the demonstrated chops to be able to produce this risible, amusing and very diverting story. Just glance at his bibliography for a taste.
    Sad Harvey Mapes is a gate guard for a gated community in the Los Angeles area. He reads a lot of crime fiction and dreams of one day becoming a Travis McGee or a Tom Sellack. He's single, lives in a depressing if exotically-named apartment and he spends a lot of time ogling women and dreaming about sex. Then he gets employed by a resident of the gated community to follow the man's wife and find out what she may be up to. It appears to be a classic if run-of-the-mill detective novel set up doesn't it? Guess again. Sad Harvey Mapes life is never again the same and readers may very well have to adjust their attitudes about the whole mystery and crime fiction millieu. I don't get the title of the e-book, but everything else about this novel is just first rate.

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  • Posted July 9, 2011

    For anyone who grew up watching detective shows on TV...

    ...you'll thoroughly enjoy all the sly references to neophyte private investigator Harvey Mape's heroes. A fictional private detective crashing into the cruel reality of being a private detective while drawing inspiration from his favorite fictional private detectives?

    Even if the names Jim Rockford, Mannix or Spencer mean nothing to you, his investigation is filled with enough twists and surprises to keep you turning the page.

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    Posted July 23, 2011

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