149th out of 160 books — 36 voters
The Fall-Down Artist (Carroll Dorsey Mystery)
Carroll Dorsey was on his way to becoming a basketball star when an injury ended that dream. Now--in Thomas Lipinski's sharply underplayed first mystery--he's a private detective in Pittsburgh, working insurance fraud cases that seem to stand as metaphors for the way we live. Lipinski doesn't bang away at the symbolism--it just hangs there in the air like industrial smog a...more
Paperback, 279 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Avon Books
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This is the first in a series of books set in Pittsburgh. Being from the Burgh and knowing the geography intimately, I was especially drawn to the series. The locations in the books are all real and he is true to the geography of the region even down to the specific routes one would take while crossing town in rush hour. The mysteries are average (not up to par with the likes of Scudder, Davenport, or Fletch) but if you are from Pittsburgh or live there now, you will thoroughly enjoy the series....more