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The Hotel Dick

3.28  ·  Rating Details ·  25 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
1948. Spencer Tracy did it: that's what the witness says about the murder of hotel detective J. Adam Bark. But the more Joe Sonntag looks into Bark's life, the stranger it gets.
Hardcover, 259 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Five Star (ME)
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When a hotel detective is shot in 1940's Milwaukee by a man who looks like Spencer Tracy, police detective Sonntag knows that he'll have problems. The real Tracy is, unfortunately, in Chicago at the time, so first Sonntag has to eliminate him as a suspect. The dead man was obsessed by two things: keeping the swank Lakeshore Towers vice free, and movie stars. Which of things things caused his death? Then Sonntag's wife Lizbeth comes up with the crazy idea of becoming the force's first woman detec ...more
Arn Howald
Dec 18, 2008 Arn Howald rated it liked it
It's got so much atmosphere, you'll be seeing everything in black & white whenever you put it down. A hotel detective is gunned down in a barber's chair by none other than Spencer Tracy in post-war Milwaukee. Work-a-day police lieutenant Joe Sonntag is assigned the case and combs the victim's past looking for an explanation.
Great atmosphere, rat-a-tat-tat dialogue and plenty of twists and turns make up for an ultimately predictable unraveling (OK, I only predicted it a few pages before it w
Patrick SG
Aug 14, 2015 Patrick SG rated it liked it
Essentially a police procedural, this book has plenty of 1940's atmosphere, but much of it is lost by being set in Milwaukee. If you're familiar with that city you'll probably enjoy that aspect of it a lot.
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Jun 16, 2015 Kae Cheatham rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I read the ebook version--different cover. Had some funny bits along with the 1948 police procedures.
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I couldn't put it down -- and not just because I am the author of a memoir of the same title, which, of course, motivated me to buy Brand's book.
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Old fashioned noir writing - a writer with promise.
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The Milwaukee where I grew up in the forties was a place where English was often a second language, and each neighborhood had its own tongue. It was a place with corner taverns, where families collected, and a place of churches, many of them transplanted from the old country. I remember the orange streetcars and the motormen in dark blue who watched the fare money drop into the glass box and then ...more
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