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3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  95 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
When the most hated landlord in San Francisco takes an unexpected jump off the roof of his own building, it isn't too hard to find suspects. But the police want to call it a suicide, since both the Mayor and press are complaining about the dismal closure rate for homicide investigations. But ex-cop Sam McGowan knows it was murder. He also knows that anyone living on the to ...more
ebook, 292 pages
Published May 27th 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 2008)
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Shonna Froebel
This was a new author for me, and I really enjoyed it.
Set in San Francisco, the book begins following the death of a landlord, falling from the twentieth floor (top floor) of the apartment building he ran.
There is no shortage of suspects, but also a possibility of suicide exists. Very recently retired cop, Sam McGowan lives on the twentieth floor and his old partner asks him to do some unofficial detective work to see whether the police should make this a murder investigation.
Sam has always reli
Jun 09, 2010 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.0 out of 5 stars Great new series..., March 20, 2009

This review is from: Jump (Hardcover)
I picked this up as an advance reading copy and started it while bored at work one day -- and wow, am I glad I did. I didn't expect to immediately become engrossed in the story and interested in the characters. What a bunch of misfits to fall in love with!

This is a fast paced mystery/thriller about a retired cop sort of investigating the murder (swan dive off the roof) of his landlord, along with a motley
Jun 22, 2009 Richard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any fan of police/murder/San Francisco stories.
Recommended to Richard by: I read a review.
Reads a little like Donald Westlake and Ed McBain, the characters are all real characters, including the first deceased. The dialogue is believable as is the progress of the story.

This could easily make a good play or movie because so much of the action takes place in one location. It would adapt quickly. The use of San Francisco as a backdrop is perfect.

Lee Child endorsed an earlier novel by Mr. Maleeny, so I guess I have found another author to follow.

Caution: this should be rated R for violen
I read this after I finished Shadow Country as a sort of palate cleanser and I have to say it did the trick. I'm not a murder mystery afficianado and usually read only one or two a year but this was fun. Maleeny is not P.D. James--the writing is not as elegant or cerebral--but there's lot of action and his characters are considerably more attractive and sympathetic . He's also very funny and I laughed out loud at his wit and wry sense of humor.
Jul 29, 2014 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a landlord takes an unexpected jump off the roof of his building, the police want to call it a suicide, since the Mayor and press are complaining about the closure rate for homicide investigations. Ex-cop Sam McGowan knows it was murder and knows that anyone living on the top floor of the building should be a suspect. As more bodies surface, Sam finds himself jumping back and forth between his old life as a cop and his new one as a murder suspect. A pretty good murder mystery.
Oct 16, 2009 CindyLulu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A usual list of suspects living on the same floor of a condo building lead to an unusual climax and ending! Love the humor and unexpected turns to this caper; Mr. Maleeny uses transitions beautifully; taking you from one character to the next. You don't get lost and it doesn't get mundane. I may not like all the characters that live on the 2nd floor, but couldn't help myself wondering what was going to happen next. This mystery enthusiast was pleasantly surprise to find this gem.
Jim A
Jun 02, 2012 Jim A rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was cross referenced to me by Amazon due to my enjoyment of Carl Hiaasen and Tim Dorsey. Maleeny incorporates the same type of wacky characters. From the dope dealing brothers to the soft porn queens as well as other residents of the apartment building, the characters will keep you reading and wondering what laugh is on the next page.

If you are the type of reader who enjoys laughing while reading, this book is for you.
Jul 03, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Retired policeman Sam McGowan is suspicious when his hated landlord commits suicide. All his neighbors on the top floor of the San Francisco building had problems with the man. As he gets to know the tenants, he finds that some of them are involved in dealings with a Mexican drug lord who has a grudge against Sam. Fast-moving, bloody, and fun.
Feb 07, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Ex-cop Sam McGowan has a mystery to solve in his own apartment building when his landlord jumps to his death. An eclectic group of neighbors, many with motive, provide distraction and humor as Sam tangles with an old nemesis, drug lord Zorro, in his search for the truth. Great beach read, especially after running out of Stephanie Plum novels.
Closed room drama set in San Francisco apartment complex: landlord dies from fall. Did he jump or was he pushed? Tenant cum retired police officer interviews his fellow tenants and learns more than he anticipated. . . .Clever and fairly light with nice weaving together of story lines. Uses SF landmarks throughout the story. Wry humor as opposed to LOL.
Mar 03, 2011 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-audio
Very good. Even head me laughing out loud at times. Absolutely love Jerome, the dumb pothead brother. Good stuff. I had the whodunnit figured out at the beginning of the book, but not all of the details, so getting through and figuring those out was fun :)
Apr 06, 2009 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun stuff from an author new to me. The San Francisco setting is close to home and the characters are quirky. They mystery itself is pretty predicatable but the the overall experience is fine. I read this in pre-pub--the publication date is actually June 2009.
Mary Kay
Interesting story about a San Francisco apartment building where the hated landlord "jumped" to his death - or did he?? In an Agatha Christie-like way, the various residents of one floor come together to solve the crime.
I thought this might be another Cape and Sally adventure - and it definitely wasn't. Ended up getting to page 50, skimmed a few, then skipped to the end to see what that looked like. It's safe to skip this one.
Nov 29, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A delight.... fast moving mystery with wonderfully unexpected spots of laughter throughout the book. There was a slight essence of Harlen Coben. Enjoyed it immensely. Will look for others by Mr Maleeny.
Jen Talty
Jan 24, 2012 Jen Talty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tim Maleeny is one of my favorite authors. His writing style is full of humor, yet very deep. Jump is fast, furious and FUN! It is an old fashioned murder mystery but better. This is a book not to be missed.
Rogue Reader
Excellent writing, funny and clever. Contemporary references keep the plot fresh and great sense of place. Villans you hate to love, and love to hate. Don't miss this fun, fast read.
Jennifer Post
It's pure sugar. If you're looking for a few hours of escapism and a chuckle or two in mystery format, this one is as good as any and better than most.
This was a tightly plotted mystery with a sense of humor. Evocative of Carl Hiaasen in its treatment of the villains, I laughed out loud more than once.
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Tim Maleeny is the award-winning author of STEALING THE DRAGON, a thriller about the Chinese Triads that was named a Killer Book of the Year by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association.

Publishers Weekly said his series featuring private detective Cape Weathers “engages the reader without insisting that it be taken too seriously, with writing that will resonate with Elmore Leonard fans.”

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