Mom Among the Liars

James Yaffe, Author
James Yaffe, Author St. Martin's Press $17.95 (218p) ISBN 978-0-312-08264-2
Reviewed on: 11/02/1992
Release date: 11/01/1992
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-373-26142-0
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In Yaffe's ( Mom Doth Murder Sleep ) cleverly plotted tale, Dave, an investigator in the public defender's office in Mesa Grande, Colo., and his 75-year-old mother--his self-appointed amateur partner--come up against small-town politics when they track the strangler of Edna Pulaski, a madam. Charged with the murder, homeless Harry Stubbins claims that Edna invited him in out of the cold and drugged him; when he woke up the next morning, he found her dead. Dave pegs Harry's story as a ``crazy whopper,'' but Mom asks pointed questions about Edna's personal habits--such as her drinking preferences--and Harry's background that keep the investigation on course. Local DA Marvin McBride, running for reelection, is handling the case himself; his office hampers Dave's defense investigation by sitting on information it is supposed to make available. Readers who don't mind Mom's smugness will find this a lively and entertaining mystery; those who do will be hard pressed to stick with this deftly crafted puzzle to the end. (Nov.)
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