A dead man on the floor of his office in Minneapolis won’t lead P.I. Sean Sean to journey to Yap Island to protect his new client. Bombs in lawyers’ cars only jostle him. This short investigator knows the value of research and asking questions in the right places. World War II, Asian diamonds and concrete in Des Moines combine to almost destroy a Minnesota family. In the end, Sean detects flaws in the plans and brings down a criminal enterprise.
About the Author
Before he became a mystery writer and reviewer, Brookins was a freelance photographer, a public television program director, a cable TV administrator, and a counselor and faculty member at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and Private Eye Writers of America. He can frequently be found touring bookstores and libraries with his companions-in-crime, The Minnesota Crime Wave. He is married with two grown daughters and lives with his wife, Jean, a retired publisher and editor in Roseville, Minnesota.
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The Case of the Yellow Diamond based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Gloria Feit's corrected review: The title of this novel, as was the case with Mr. Brookins last book, “The Case of the Purloined Painting,” puts one in mind of the great Erle Stanley Gardner, most if not all of his Perry Masons novels bearing titles which begin “The Case of . . .” And this book, as was the last one, is also absolutely delightful, with the author’s trademark sly sense of humor much in evidence throughout. This book deals, as did the last one, with events which took place in the waning days of WWII. In this book, those events began in the Pacific Theater, and involve “thefts, smuggling, and the acquisition of wealth and influence through illegal means.” The tale opens with the protagonist, Sean Sean, entering his office and finding a dead body lying on the floor. He immediately calls his good friend, Minneapolis Police Detective Ricardo Simon. What follows is a flashback to Sean being hired a few weeks before by Josie and Tod Bartelme to assist in their efforts to locate the wreckage of a B-24 bomber that had taken Josie’s granduncle to his death near Yap Island, “a speck of coral in the Pacific Ocean.” In the ensuing investigation, the dead man had been the principal suspect. Members of both families and even Josie’s college buddies had offered their assistance, and financed their efforts as well. Josie and Tod were planning to embark on a trip to the Pacific to continue their search for the wreckage, and hire Sean to assist in their efforts, notwithstanding that it had taken place nearly 70 years ago. The protagonist, just over five feet tall, lives with the self-proclaimed love of his life, the six foot tall Catherine Mckerney, a successful massage therapist with her own school, with whom he shares her apartment in Kenwood, Minnesota as well as his home and ranch in Roseville. Sean has been an active private investigator for a couple of decades, the sign on his door reading “Sean Sean, Private Investigator, Ltd.” He describes himself as a “tracer of lost persons, collector of evidence of malfeasance, revealer of fraudsters and thieves. . . not only am I very good at my job, I’m also persistent.” Sean says of himself “Family dynamics were always convoluted and frequently hard to sort out, which was one reason I didn’t do divorces. Give me a nice clean street robbery or random serial killer any time.” In this instance, that is an understatement The cast of characters is large, mostly consisting of family and friends of Sean’s clients [including one particularly oversexed and buxom female], some of whom try to dissuade him from continuing his investigation, even going so far as to bad-mouth him in the industry, putting them at the top of Sean’s list of suspects, which grows exponentially with incidents of murder, attempted murder, and vandalism taking place. In his last book, the author paid homage to fellow mystery writer Michael Connolly; this time around the references are to Carl Hiaasen, Bill Crider, James Lee Burke, and Wilkie Collins. I love it! As was the earlier book, this one as well is highly recommended.
Sean says of himself “Family dynamics were always convoluted and frequently hard to sort out, which was one reason I didn’t do divorces. Give me a nice clean street robbery or random serial killer any time.” In this instance, that is an understatement
Sean Sean is definitely not your usual Private Investigator--his methods are unusual and besides--he is short. He kind of reminds me of Columbo--remember him? Always deferential and low key--but would hold on with both hands until he either understood something or figured out who done it. Well, Sean Sean is that kind of investigator and he is not afraid to ask his many acquaintances to help him either. One way or another he was going to find out who was sabotaging his clients trip to Yap Island-and who was killing off the family members and more important-WHY.