76th out of 116 books — 64 voters
Going for the Gold (John Putnam Thatcher Mysteries #18)
by Emma Lathen
Lake Placid becomes anything but for John Putnam Thatcher, banker-detective for Sloan Guaranty Trust, when a French skier is slammed to the snow by a sniper's bullet, and a check fraud scheme swindles half a million dollars from the Sloan's special Olympics branch. Soon a sudden blizzard, a sinister coach, and a growing scandal leave Thatcher on thin ice, chasing a lone mu...more
Mass Market Paperback, 255 pages
Published August 1981 by Pocket Books
(first published August 1st 198)
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The Sloan is sponsoring the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, New York. The first murder happens almost immediately when a French ski jumper is shot as he flies toward the finish line. The motive is quite complicated, involving counterfeit travelers checks. A pretty good mystery.