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The Cooperman Variations

Howard Engel

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ISBN 13: 978-1-58567-233-2
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8
Cloth
Overlook
8/1/2002

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A new caper starring Benny Cooperman, the lovable and intrepid sleuth that Donald Westlake says is "a lot of fun to hang out with".

Benny Cooperman is a detective with flair, known and loved as the witty, egg salad-loving, Jewish gentleman sleuth he is the world over. This kinder, gentler detective funny, smart and squeamish about violence is the creation of master of the genre Howard Engel, whose readers stretch now to thirteen countries, from his native Canada to Japan, England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Denmark and the US.

This time around, a murder and a beautiful woman are the key elements that get Benny embroiled in the scandalous world of television broadcasting. It all starts when Benny, mulling over the lack of stimulating work and the absence of his girlfriend, is visited by a woman from his past. Vanessa Moss, a former high school beauty who has grown up to become Head of Entertainment at a television network, asks Benny to protect her. A friend was murdered while at her house and Vanessa fears she was the target. In Toronto, Benny poses as Vanessa's executive assistant amidst a tangle of competing executives, backbiting lawyers, arrogant producers, and hopeful hangers-on. As Benny tries to protect his client, give the local cops a helping hand, and avoid making enemies of his colleagues, he quickly discovers that taking care of Vanessa is a seductive but risky business.

"Mr. Engel is a born writer, a natural stylist This is a writer who can bring a character to life in a few lines." Ruth Rendell

"Engel can turn a phrase as neatly as Chandler." Julian Symons

"The Cooperman novels are heavy on full-bodied characters, sharp dialogue, and rich humor. Benny just plain charms the socks off anyone he meets." Booklist

Howard Engel is the winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction, and creator of the acclaimed Benny Cooperman mystery series as well as Murder in Montparnasse, a departure from the series. He is a founding member of the Crime Writer's Association of Canada, where his private eye has been described as a cherished national institution. He lives in Toronto.

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