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Fat Tuesday (Thomas Black #4)

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Fat Tuesday: A Thomas Black Mystery, by Emerson, Earl W.
Paperback, 10 pages
Published June 12th 1988 by Fawcett Books (first published 1987)
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Feb 04, 2012 Ed rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Crime Fiction fans
Not the best that Emerson is capable of. The Seattle-based story jumps around and there are more sub-plots than necessary for an interesting book. Maybe he decided to unload a bunch of ideas he's been carrying in his head and do it all in one book.

That said, I still enjoyed the novel and plan to continue to read his other offerings.

Thomas Black, the main protagonist and his long-time good friend Kathy Birchfield, a lawyer, are asked to investigate a situation in which Fred Pugsley, a bike enthu
Dec 18, 2012 Ed rated it really liked it
#4 in the Thomas Black series. Black is the wise-cracking, bicycle riding, Seattle Private Investigator who works for lawyer Kathy Birchfield.

Thomas Black series - Fred Pugsley receives a dead rattlesnake in the mail and ex-Seattle cop Thomas Black and lawyer Kathy Birchfield, are called in to investigate. When they get there, Fred is dead, and his stunned wife sits clutching a tool used on racing bicycles -- the murder weapon. But the wife says she's innocent, and suddenly there are plenty of
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Sep 07, 2015 Karlie Nyte rated it really liked it
I found that the sarcastic and poetic descriptions used by the private detective in this book are wonderful. He sounds like someone I would enjoy hanging out with on the scene in Seattle, where the book is set. I enjoyed reading about the way that he interrogated each person involved in the murder, and his interactions with his best friend, a female lawyer, were hysterical. If you enjoy murder mysteries with humor, take time to read this book.
Jun 08, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it
I like a novel where the location feels like one of the characters - something that couldn't be set in another locale, at least not easily. This book was one of those - the pages were woven through Seattle and the Puget Sound area throughout.

Plenty of suspects, I guessed wrong (as usual).

I am definitely a fan of Earl Emerson's.
Nov 10, 2014 Shelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good puzzler, with interesting, well-drawn characters and a vivid setting. Didn't realize this was 4th in a series but it didn't make a difference in my ability to enjoy it. I will look for the others in this series.
Jul 23, 2008 Monty rated it really liked it
I really enjoy reading the Thomas Black mysteries because they are set in Seattle where I live and the charachters and plots are fun. This book and Rainy City (the first of the series) are the best ones I've read so far.
Jeff Dickison
Dec 17, 2012 Jeff Dickison rated it liked it
Fair Thomas Black mystery as he has to investigate the murder of a husband and his wife. The problem: This book has too many characters to keep track of. I felt I needed a cheat sheet to remember who was who.
Jun 02, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
This book was very clever and enjoyable. The killer was sick twisted and sadistic, and the main character was well written. Flawed, but extremely intelligent and likeable.
Mar 06, 2009 Charisse marked it as to-read
Recommended to Charisse by: Seattle Books
Julie - have you read any of this guy's stuff? He has new novel out and the older ones looked good.
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Love the Thomas Black series, great story.
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Earl Emerson is a lieutenant in the Seattle Fire Department. He is the Shamus Award-winning author of Vertical Burn, as well as the Thomas Black detective series. He lives in North Bend, Washington.
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