Backstabber

Backstabber

Book - 2004 | 1st ed
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Hitchcock Sewell is at it again and better than ever--welcome back to Charm City, where the corpses are cold, the undertaker is hot, and the fun never stops. It's getting worse. This time in Tim Cockey's new mystery "Backstabber, Hitch has actually been called to the scene of a murder even before the police. Why? Well, his friend Sisco was hoping that maybe Hitch would do him a favor...scoop up the body and take it away, maybe slip it into a grave somewhere when no one was looking. But Hitch is no fool. He's not about to get dragged into this mess. The usual cast of characters is on hand. Billie, Julia, Alcatraz, the return of good old police lieutenant Kruk--as well as a whole new crowd, including the listless magician, Mr. Wow; the antique lesbians, Scotty and Nance; rival undertakers, George and Happy Fink; and a hearse full of others. You'll laugh till you stop.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0786867132
Branch Call Number: FIC COCKEY
Characteristics: 355 p. ; 25 cm

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Mar 25, 2016

The main character, undertaker Hitchcock Sewell, as described by his ex-wife: "Listen, lovey, you're a curious cat. You itch easily. You were born under the sign of skeptic."

"Backstabber" is mildly amusing, vaguely satirical. Would make a good series for TV in the vein of the old Rockford Files, which starred James Garner.

Although this is only one of several Cockey novels featuring Hitchcock Sewell, one was enough for me - I won't be reading the others.

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"The lines between fact and memory and willful self-delusion are wobbly ones."

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