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Harry Lipkin, Private Eye

3.07 of 5 stars 3.07  ·  rating details  ·  306 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Meet Harry Lipkin, the world's oldest private detective: part Sam Spade, part Woody Allen, all mensch.

Harry Lipkin is a tough-talking, soft-chewing, rough-around-the-edges, slow-around-the-corners private investigator who carries a .38 along with a spare set of dentures. Harry specializes in the sort of cases that cops can't be bothered with, but knows where to find good c
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Doubleday (first published January 1st 2012)
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What sounded like a good premise was so unbelievably lame it was hard to believe an editor didnt give it back to Mr Fantoni for more work. The content was scant with almost every 2-3 page chapter preceded with a blank page and all with a title page telling you exactly what was going to happen - Harry meets Mrs Baloney etc, along with a pretty ordinary pencil drawing. Meaning in a 200 page novel with 40 chapters, there wasnt a lot of content.
The plot was the worst aspect - what PLOT? Rich old la
Lara Oliver
A cute, clean mystery. Harry Lipkin is 87 and he is hired by a rich old lady who wants to know which member of her staff is taking her stuff.
Oct 24, 2014 Michigosling rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Michigosling by: an acquaintance
One reason Jews are called “People of the Book” is that they tend to read lots and lots of books. Most Jews who read English live in the U.S. and probably have been to or have friends or relations who live in or have been to Florida. Furthermore, readers of detective fiction tend to pay careful attention to details when they read. Many Jews read detective fiction, and many readers of detective fiction are Jewish. Fantoni has been writing detective fiction for decades, and perhaps he knew all thi ...more
Mary Ronan Drew
Harry Lipkin has been a private detective in Miami for a long time. He spent a few years as a cop early in his career but for the last 50 yeas or so he has been out on his own. Harry is 87 and he's slowing down a bit, but he's still got cases.

"These days I deal mostly with the sort of cases the cops don't want. Cops want serial homicide. It makes them feel good when they catch someone. But how tough is it to catch a serial killer? You put his picture on TV Nationwide. You wait. Ten days later a
Gerald Sinstadt
Across the spectrum of police/private eye investigators it is possible to see relationships, common characteristics. Alcoholism, an unhappy marriage/divorce, unsuitable partnerships, jealous rivals, bullying superiors. Most suffer from some of these in varying combinations.

Barry Fantoni's Harry Lipkin is different. The spare set of dentures in the drawer with his gun is a clue. He is eight-seven going on eighty-eight. His police career is in the long forgotten past. As is his brief marriage. No
Dec 29, 2012 Tony rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: novels
This is the second book I've read this year featuring an octogenarian Jewish detective (see also Don't Ever Get Old), and unfortunately, it's the far lesser of the two. The concept of a widowed South Florida retiree plying his trade as private dick isn't a bad one, but the execution is very weak. Simply put, the book fails to deliver is a compelling mystery to solve. The titular Harry just barely has his private eye shingle up at the house that's decaying all around him. One day an ultra-wealthy ...more
This book was quite the change of pace, a very "cozy" mystery feel with a teeny-tiny touch of hard-boiled flavoring. An odd PI with an offbeat approach to things, along the lines of Paul Tremblay's Narcoleptic Detective or Rick Yancey's Highly Effective Detective. Lipkin's an amusing enough character and the robbery suspects he's investigating are fairly interesting, but the mystery's pretty flat and the novel doesn't have a lot going for it.

In the end, it was a nice enough diversion for a coup
Book Review & Giveaway:When I read the publisher’s description for Harry Lipkin Private Eye by Barry Fantoni, I started chuckling at the mental image I got. I immediately knew I wanted to read it. Like detective stories and/or mysteries? Well, this one is going to be a bit different from most of the ones you’ve read in the past. As a popular poster says, “Growing old is not for sissies.” If any book can help you appreciate that, it’s this one. I was delighted when I won Harry Lipkin Private ...more
Larry Hostetler
I usually don't read other reviews of a book before I read it. I get my books based on what is available in thrift stores, library book nooks, dollar stores, yard sales, etc. But for this one (dollar store purchase) I noticed the reviews and wondered if I should have bought it.

If you're looking for a quick, easy read that provides diversion and some humor, this book deserves high marks. If you're looking for a serious, classic mystery with twists and turns this is not the book for you. One the t
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
A fast, easy read. Short sentences, short chapters, short on content. The basic premise sounds very 1970s TV aged PI knows that if he hangs up his pistol and licence he will have nothing to keep him interested in life. As a narrator, Harry expresses himself in telegraphically short sentences, or fragments thereof. He takes a case for a wealthy widow who is convinced her house staff are stealing from her. He spends the whole book chasing up the staff's histories, habits etc...but it a ...more
The book is called Harry Lipkin Private Eye and it is by Barry Fantoni. The genre of the book is mystery and suspense. The book is about an 87-year-old man named Harry Lipkin who is a private eye. He is trying to figure out who is stealing Mrs. Weinberger's belongings because it is his job and she needs his help. The first thing she noticed was missing was a pillbox given to her by her husband, who died on July 20th. His suspects are living in the house of Mrs. Weinberger, and he believes it was ...more
I knew that a book about an 87-year-old, Jewish, private detective in Florida was likely going to be a lot of fun. What was a real surprise was that Fantoni makes him quite believable. Harry is neither bumbling nor extraordinarily clever. He's a retired cop who still has his wits, even if he moves a whole lot slower. Great fun read.
The book was published in 2012 but from the prices quoted in the story, the action takes place a lot earlier. The rich client has a 1964 Cadillac, so the mid-sixties seems about right. Lipkin, an 87 year old P.I., engages to find the thief who is victimizing the elderly Mrs. Weinberger. It plays out like a Miami Jewish locked room mystery, where the suspects are the client's chauffeur, butler, maid, chef, and gardener. Not an action packed thriller but a slow moving, ethnic period piece. Fun if ...more
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The ending was super predictable; it ended up being a cliche while trying to avoid being a cliche. The detective, Harry Lipkin was extremely likable. He was the one saving grace of this book.
Concept is good, writing is ok, but there was little or no interest. Plot was transparent, and the 87 year old as protagonist is really not believable.
Oh well.
Gary E
Short but cute! That pretty much says it all. Harry Lipkin is an 87 year old (going on 88) Private Eye living in Florida. He catches a case and he is off to the races. It is a very short audio book . . . even unabridged it only took about 4 nights to get through.

I pull say it is a good fun light quick read. It is nothing exceptional but it is good for a few good laughs. If I had the option I would have given this about a 3.6 rating out of 5 but since we are limited to whole numbers only I rounde
It's a quick, quirky mystery that I solved early.

Still, Lipkin is interesting. Mrs. Weinberger sounds like Howard Wolowitz's mother in my mind.
Harry Lipkin is an 87-year-old Jewish detective living in Warmheart, Florida. He gets a visit from a Mrs. Norma Weinberger. Mrs. Weinberger is a wealthy widow with a large staff. Small items have been disappearing from her home, and she knows it must be one of her staff. She hires Harry to investigate.

Harry Lipkin, Private Eye by Barry Fantoni is narrated by Harry, and he sounds like a real 87-year-old Jewish detective living in Florida. He describes his days as he goes about investigating the s
Nick Ziolkowski
I wanted to like this. I was looking for something new to read and this book caught my attention. Reading through the synopsis, I thought it would've been time well spent because it's been awhile since I've read a mystery book and I wanted to meet the old detective to see how he handled the case.

In the end, I'm very glad I only paid a dollar for it. One can read the chapter headings alone and still get everything that happened.
Simon Dot
very short read and i enjoyed it. The ending was quite funny, I expected the ending would be what I thought it would be, but how it came about was the part I didn't expect. Definitely a good read.

This has nothing to do with the story, butI love the dust cover for the front and back page. If you find this book on sale, pick it up and just read.

An old guy being a Private Investigator when he should've been retired 20 years ago? that's just funny.
Brian Turner
Harry Lipkin is an 87 year old private investigator, who gets called along to help a rich lady find a thief.

He's no Sam Spade, so it was rang alarm bells when from page 1 he's talking in that style of voice. As the book progressed he seemed more natural.

The mystery wasn't much of one at all, but the characters under suspicion were treated fairly well.

A decent quick read.
I wanted to like this more than I did, but I didn't. The premise sounded like it could be quite fun. (An 87 year old, Jewish, private detective living in Miami, still out there doing his gumshoe thing). HOWEVER, other than a few humorous section, it really wasn't that good. Sadly I figured out the "whodunit" pretty early, but was hoping that was not the case. Could have been so much better I think.
Timothy Coplin
Aug 01, 2015 Timothy Coplin rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Timothy by: No one
Shelves: read-2015
Chock full of cliches, racial type casting, and what I assume to be dry 'Jewish' humor; tries too hard to fit into the classic noir niche. I had the who guessed from the get-go, and was only slightly off on the motive/driving force behind the crimes at the end. A VERY quick read that was worth the dollar I purchased it for at the local 'dollar store'. I don't think I'll recommend this to any of my fine goodreads friends.
This is a fun read when you want something light and breezy -- a summer or bedtime read. The success of the book is carried completely by the main character: who can resist an 87-year-old former cop turned private eye who packs extra dentures along with his pistol? The humor is dry, subtle, and definitely "Jewish," but you don't have to be Jewish to get it. (For those of us who are, however, we can hear our elderly relatives in our mind's ear as Harry goes about his business.) The mystery itself ...more
In the words of the critic, Jay Sherman, "It stinks!" This book was very short and just awful. It just never hooked me. There are very few books that I can say I truly regret reading. This is one of the few. I'm not even sure if I'll pick up this author again.
I enjoyed Harry Lipkin, Private Eye. The mystery was easy to solve, but the titular character was interesting. I was a little sad at the end, but I did like how Harry perked himself back up. The narrator, Arthur Morey, did a great job.

Barry Fantoni CreatI Really Enjoyed Meeting Harry Liphin. An Eighty-Seven Year Old Private Investigator. Harry Is Quite Funny And Has More Friends Dead Tan Alive, But Still Has Some Contacts! Harry Works Out Of His Home That Has More Slate Tiles Missing Every Time It Rains And Living In Miami It Rains Several Times A Week. Harry Conducts Business With Clients In His Back Yard In Flea Market Plastic Chairs. Norma Weinburger Hires Him To Discover Which Of Her Staff Is Stealing From Her And Harry G
A bound galley edition.

When you have an 87 year old Jewish detective with diverticulitis in Warmheart, Florida, who keeps his .38 along side his dentures in his desk drawer, what's not to love?

This page turner begins with Mrs. Weinberger hiring Harry Lipkin after an inexpensive but nostalgic gift is stolen from her home. With a handful of employees at her residence, each with their motives and opportunities, items continue to disappear before Harry can zero in on a suspect and gather the eviden
A fun read; a very light detective mystery featuring an 87-year old who just can't quite retire after a long career as a private eye. A client hires him to find out who is stealing her treasured items one by one - the maid? the butler? the gardener? the chef? Set in Florida, with a mainly retired Jewish cast, this charming little story chronicles the joy of solving a case for a client and the sorrows. Soft-boiled language and femme not-so fatales are just a few features that keep this poignant a ...more
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Barry Ernest Fantoni is a writer, comic strip cartoonist and jazz musician of Italian and Jewish descent, most famous for his work with the magazine Private Eye, for whom he also created Neasden F.C. As of 2005 he remains a shareholder in the company that owns Private Eye, Pressdram Limited. He has also published books on Chinese astrology.

On 27 January 2007 he debuted on BBC Radio Five Live's Fig
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