Eight nights of murder! That's what Hanukkah is shaping up to be in Philadelphia, where a killer is stalking America's most outrageous TV talk show host. Ex-FBI agent Gregor Demarkian discovers that behind-the-camera politics and off-the-set malice contribute to a very unfestive atmosphere in this new holiday mystery by the Edgar-nominated author ...
Eight nights of murder! That's what Hanukkah is shaping up to be in Philadelphia, where a killer is stalking America's most outrageous TV talk show host. Ex-FBI agent Gregor Demarkian discovers that behind-the-camera politics and off-the-set malice contribute to a very unfestive atmosphere in this new holiday mystery by the Edgar-nominated author of Not a Creature Was Stirring.
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Someone is murdering nice, seemingly unoffending employees of The Lotte Goldman Show. Lotte Goldman switched careers from psychiatry to the sex talk show that has made her rich, and she likes to help immigrants. Now she and her intimidating producer DeAnna Kroll are juggling murder detection with a television road show.
Jane Haddam's characteristically interesting people make the book, especially an appealing couple divided by religion. The killer is well camouflaged.
Haddam looks at people more deeply than most authors, going beyond her multidimensioned people to their society and how they fit together. Her roots are in the mystery Golden Age and her head is in the wilds of the intelligensia.
Publishers Weekly, 1994-10-31 Since Lotte Goldman's TV show specializes in exploring guests' sexual secrets, its employees take the unusual in stride-but even they are caught off guard when the program's all-around boss, DeAnna Kroll, discovers the body of talent coordinator Maria Gonzalez in a storeroom with her face beaten in. Lotte and her crew are scheduled to hit the road for Philadelphia, where one of her first interviews is to be with ex-FBI agent Gregor Demarkian (most recently featured in Dear Old Dead) and a convicted serial killer. Before the show can begin, high-pitched screams lead Gregor to a second victim, whose face has also been destroyed. Being right on the scene, how can Gregor not help his friend, Philadelphia police detective John Jackman, close in on the killer? The story's Hanukkah connection remains peripheral until a contrived link between the killer and some ``defective'' dreidels is revealed. The slight, rather far-fetched puzzle is overwhelmed by the two richly populated communities (show staffers and Gregor's cutely colorful Armenian-American neighbors). But folks who read the series precisely for those characters will find this entry festive enough. (Dec.)
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