A Killing in Real Estate

Robert Upton, Author Dutton Books $17.95 (180p) ISBN 978-0-525-24927-6
In his fifth appearance ( The Faberge Egg ) San Francisco private eye Amos McGuffin is in New York City, trying to get his stagestruck ex-wife to bring their equally stagestruck young daughter back home. Then billionaire real estate mogul Victor Belmont offers Amos a hefty commission (and the services of a ruthless divorce lawyer) to investigate a recent attempt on his life. Suspects abound: a Park Avenue lawyer/bag man for the mob, a society bookie, a sadistic ``enforcer,'' a buxom ``chanteuse'' and Belmont's playboy brother. There's murder, arson and nasty wheeling and dealing in real estate (fueled by Belmont's weird vision for Manhattan) before an upstate property clerk gives Amos the missing clue to the puzzle--which will startle few readers. Amos is an agreeable type, if rather too patient with his flibbertigibbet ex-wife, and, except for some talky explications, the book lopes along nicely toward a cynical ending. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 12/01/1990
Release date: 12/01/1990
Genre: Fiction
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