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Cadaver Blues: A Phuoc Goldberg Fiasco (Phuoc Goldberg Mysteries #1)

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When smoking-hot Mindy Eider walks into the office with a foreclosure notice directed to her elderly Uncle Gunnar, cynical debt man Phuoc Goldberg at first sees her as little more than the source of this month’s rent payment. But Phu soon learns that Uncle Gunnar’s problems run deeper and darker than the money he owes. The niece can’t find him, suspicious characters lurk ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published September 2012 by StoneGate Ink
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Harry Kendall
Jan 13, 2013 Harry Kendall rated it it was amazing
Mushrooms, mushroooms, psychedelic kicks, murderers and recently dead bodies sprouting a special breed of mushrooms; all of this and more unearthed by a little Asian man named Phuoc Goldberg. Phuoc, a young Long Island, NY financial whizz bang of sorts settles in Wilmington, DE and sets up a Debt Relief Negotiation business. Right, his livelihood is helping the unlucky behind the eight ball avoid financial collapse. His only criterion, despite what he says, is to pronounce (fook)and spell ...more
Kathleen Smith
Oct 16, 2012 Kathleen Smith rated it it was amazing
I am normally not a fan of detective novels, but J. E. Fishman won me over with Cadaver Blues. Just as he did with Primacy. Keep these great books coming-can't wait for the next one . Bravo!
Anirudh Parthasarathy
Jun 25, 2013 Anirudh Parthasarathy rated it really liked it
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Cadaver Blues is the first book featuring J.E. Fishman’s character Phuoc Goldberg (Phu) – an American of Vietnamese origin, debt consultant by profession based in Delaware, someone who is very sensitive about his name, owing to its actual Vietnamese pronunciation and also has a problem in controlling his temper. He is approached by Melissa Eider (Mindy), who drove all the way from Minnesota in search of her elderly uncle Gunnar Karlson – who has defaulted on his debts and his bank is about to ...more
Lisa
Jul 16, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
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Cadaver Blues is an interesting idea for a series. Phuoc Goldberg (what an awesome name!) is not your typical private detective – in fact, he’s not a private detective at all. He’s a financial advisor to the down-and-out, the guy you call when the collection agencies are knocking down your doors. He helps people who are over-extended and under-financed keep a roof over their heads – doesn’t seem like a lot of opportunities for solving mysteries. Until he meets Mindy.

Mindy Eider is smoking hot, k
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Rob Kitchin
Nov 15, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it
Cadaver Blues is a competently written, mildly amusing crime novel. The narrative is all show an no tell, with the story told through short, snappy scenes. The characterisation is well realised, with Phouc Goldberg being particularly engaging as a hardnosed cynic - written as a kind of love to hate figure but with a decent, kindness very well buried under his abrasive exterior, and he’s accompanied by some nicely penned supporting actors. The story is well plotted and unfolds at a brisk pace. My ...more
WiLoveBooks
Jan 18, 2013 WiLoveBooks rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I have always liked mysteries, but I could tell by the cover that this was not going to be a typical detective story. Phuoc Goldberg is quite a character and the story is told in first person. He is cynical and sarcastic and has a dry, witty sense of humor. I want to list some of my favorite lines, but I won't. I will say that I enjoy Phu's descriptions, especially of people, he is obsessed with hot dogs, and he has a temper. There are some other fantastic characters as well, ...more
MBH
Mar 11, 2013 MBH rated it it was amazing
This laugh-out-loud mystery was incredibly unique and vividly crafted. Phuoc is a favorite right from the start and I loved following his journey. Even with dead bodies galore, Fishman keeps a smile on my face as Phouc dives deep into his explorations--and even finds himself on a mushroom farm...

If you were ever hoping for a little more humor with your mystery, this is the perfect book to indulge your needs and keep you smiling the entire time.
Mike Evans
Aug 02, 2015 Mike Evans rated it liked it
This was either free or really cheap on the kindle. While the writing was competent and the premise decent, the characters are pretty ridiculous. They have paper thin back stories and do not behave in a realistic manner. This makes for a jarring read.
Corey
Jan 02, 2013 Corey rated it liked it
Great writing, great characters, great mystery - spoilt by gratuitous sexuality and crassness. Fishman has the talent, but sometimes knowing what to leave out is just as important as knowing what to put in. Maybe his next book will show more discernment in this area.
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J.E. Fishman write mysteries and thrillers, uses the pen name Dana I. Wolff for horror novels. The Prisoner of Hell Gate will be released on July 5, 2016.

J.E. Fishman is author of THE DARK POOL and PRIMACY: A Thriller, which Kirkus Reviews called "more fun than a barrel of overgrown monkeys" and Publishers Weekly called "an appealing debut thriller." His mystery novel CADAVER BLUES was serialized
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