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City of Whispering Stone (Mongo #2)

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  146 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Estranged from his brother because of what has been perceived as a betrayal, Mongo must travel to pre-revolutionary Iran to heal the damage. There he must survive a deadly cat-and-mouse game with the dreaded Iranian secret police, the Savak, while incidentally negotiating with the Shah and trying to save his brother from a death trap.
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Published December 1st 1987 by Dell (first published 1978)
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Bill  Kerwin

This, the second adventure of "Mongo the Magnificent"--private eye, doctor of criminology, karate black belt, former circus acrobat, and dwarf extraordinaire--is better than the first in the series.

In this novel, written in 1977, Mongo tangles with the SAVAK, Iran's secret police, who are trying to suppress the coming revolution. The plot is exciting, but the problem is that the revolution Chesbro assumes is coming is of the democratic socialist variety, and he makes very few mentions of Islam
Jun 04, 2017 Orangereader rated it really liked it
Read "Broken Man"a few years ago, liked it very much. Purchased all the other in the Mongo series, then forgot about them, but now re-discover them and just finish this, very happy with the twists and turns and writing, love it too.
Mar 09, 2014 Gail rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Dr. Robert Frederickson is hired by his former boss, circus owner Phil Statler to investigate the disappearance of the circus/ strong man. The dwarf circus performer turned professor/private detective also known as Mongo proceeds on the case, thinking it rather simple.

Simple it is not and he's plunged into a world of assassins, spies, betrayals, and international intrigue. In the time of the Shah, this story is told against the backdrop of oil, Iranian politics, and personal betrayal.

Another pa
Ronald Wilcox
Jan 25, 2013 Ronald Wilcox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Dwarven private investigator Dr. Robert Frederickson, aka Mongo the Magnificent, is involved in a case surrounding the Shah of Iran and Iranians living in the US in his second mystery. This time he is hired by his ex-boss when he worked for the circus to find their strong-man who has disappeared. The strongman was from Iran originally and supposedly had a contact at the college Mongo teaches at so he begins the investigation. Nice suspense thriller that ends up taking him to Iran in the 1970's. ...more
JR Johnson
Apr 30, 2008 JR Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second of the Mongo Mysteries. A unique look at Iranian politics, and the middle east before the fall of the Shaw. The book was published in 1978. I enjoyed the book, but as is often the case with this genre, the number of convenient coincidences that put our hero on the right track, and drag him out of harm's way at the last moment is staggering. All set against the beautifully painted backdrop of a desert, best visited in fiction.
Dec 26, 2015 Colleen rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
mongo the dwarf is back and still packs a mean kick. This time there are no supernatural or paranormal elements, just international intrigue set in Iran, which was very timely back in 76,77 when this was published and remains so today. Entertaining.
Violette Malan
Jun 22, 2016 Violette Malan rated it liked it
Not my favourite of the Mongo series, probably because it hasn't any cross genre stuff happening. For my take on the series as a whole, check out my post at Black Gate Magazine.
May 08, 2014 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x2013-14-season
Mongo returns, in a prescient novel set in and around an impending Iranian revolution - two years before it actually happened.
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George C. Chesbro was an American author of detective fiction. His most notable works feature Dr. Robert "Mongo the Magnificent" Fredrickson, a private detective with dwarfism. He also wrote the novelization of The Golden Child, a movie of the same name starring Eddie Murphy.

Chesbro was born in Washington, D.C. He worked as a special education teacher at Pearl River and later at rockland Psychiatr
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