Fair. A readable copy only. All pages and the cover are intact, may not include dust jacket. Pages may include considerable notes in pen or have highlighting. Possible ex library copy. May not contain accessories.
Good. 0312134622 Good+/Good+ c. 1995, black bds. w/d.j., 216pp., (lt. shelf wear, text clean, binding good, d.j. taped to bds., lt. edge wear, mylar cover, lt. rubbing). Academic mystery by former President of California State University, Chico. A 216 page debut mystery. 8vo-over 7! ''-9! '' tall. From the dust jacket, ''When a mild-mannered young administrator is found dead in nylon hose and a black lace garter, troubleshooter Peter Haas has to earn his diploma in dectection in Death by Degrees.
Hardback, 1st edition, Fine in Very Good DJ; Jacket has ~1/4" triangular chip/closed tear at top rear edge, trace of chipping to spine ends and corners. Academic mystery by former President of California State Univerity, Chico.,
(Fine-/ VG-) Book is Fine-: Spine edges very lightly rubbed. 1stedition Black HB DJ is VG-216 pages No other defects, clean & tight. DJ has a 1/4" & a tiny tear, some light edge scuffing & checking. Described to clarify the AB rating (c) 1995 by Robin Wilson.
Publishers Weekly, 1995-09-11 This debut by a former CIA employee suffers from the angst of its narrator/hero, Peter Haas, a former CIA agent now handling security for a private college in California. Peter's boss is university president Harold Piggott (aka Piggy), who was also his boss at CIA, and Wilson spends too much time on Peter's explanations and rationalizations of the bond between him and Piggy. The duo have a problem when a university administrator is murdered, left nude except for a black lace garter, and surrounded by various sex toys. The dead man has a fancy car, a fancy house, a modest salary and no clearly discernible personality traits. Peter's waxing forth on Piggy's erudition and his own worries?about being middle-aged and lonely, about having worked for the Company?get tiresome. Le Carre this isn't. But Wilson's prose is a cut above the usual, and Peter's growing relationship with Hildy, the university's director of public safety, offers some solid characterization. More of the same, with additional drama and less rumination, would lend Wilson's next effort the streamlining this one lacks. (Oct.)
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