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Wake Up Little Susie (Sam McCain #2)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  143 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Filled with joyously precise period detail (Kirkus Reviews), this new Sam McCain mystery brings readers back to 1950s lowa, as the Ford Edsel is unveiled -- and a body is found in the trunk of one of the brand-new cars.
Published February 1st 2001 by Berkley (first published 1999)
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Michael Schramme
Feb 24, 2014 Michael Schramme rated it it was amazing
This is a very special 'private eye' series built around a lawyer and special court investigator, Sam McCain, in a small town in the midwest (Iowa) in the fifties and sixties. I absolutely love this series for several reasons:

1. the wonderful immersion into a different time, spanning a decade from the late fifties to the late sixties. The descriptions are detailed, evocative, engaging and realistic. They are exceptionally well done.
2. The protagonist is a likeable average joe, who is easy to ide
Jan 22, 2016 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 3rd book in this cozy mystery series set in Black River Falls, Iowa and I'm still enjoying them. There's a little question about where this book falls within series order. Some say #2, some say #3 and some call it a prequel to The Day the Music Died which was #1. Just based on some very simple family dynamics, I'm going with that last one. However, except for that one little connection which a lot of folks might overlook anyway, these first 3 books could be read out of order. The owners of Ke ...more
Frank Taranto
Nov 01, 2010 Frank Taranto rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
An enjoyable mystery to read. This second book actually takes place before the first story, but the main characters are all here. Sam McCain, the judge's pet private investigator. Judge Whitney, the rubber band shooting judge who has a running feud with the town Sherriff Cliff Sykes, known as Cliffie to his not so admiring constituents.
A dead body is found in the trunk of a brand new Edsel, and the race is on to find the killer.
The chartacters are interesting, and the end surprised me, not that
Mark Baker
Mar 20, 2014 Mark Baker rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2009
Sam McCain, part time lawyer and PI, investigates when the wife of a political hopeful is found dead in the trunk of the new Ford Edsel. I really enjoyed this trip back to the late 1950's, although the plotting could have been a little better. I do plan to read more in the series.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Jeff Dickison
Oct 14, 2013 Jeff Dickison rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable entry in the Sam McCain series. This one is set in October '57 when the '58 Edsel is being rolled out. The public reaction to this monstrosity seems to be accurately reported in the book. Of course, there is a murder, and Cliffie Sykes arrests the wrong individual and is proven incorrect by McCain and Judge Whitney. Recommended.
Cheryl Hendricks
Jun 05, 2015 Cheryl Hendricks rated it liked it
This was a fun read especially for those who grew up in the fifties. The mystery and murders kept you on your toes and had a few twists and turns. I liked the characters and they fit the fifties time frame.
Bobbye Hudspeth
Apr 22, 2012 Bobbye Hudspeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Very entertaining. It sent me to the computer to look up the Edsel to see if what he said about it was true (it was). Had a nice enough mix of romantic sparks, intrigue and history to keep me guessing and reading.
Nov 07, 2013 GIZMO rated it really liked it
I love this series...each one makes me want to spend more time with Sam and his friends....the "mysteries" aren't that engrossing but the recurring characters are good enough to keep me coming back
Toesnorth's mom
Dec 05, 2012 Toesnorth's mom added it
Shelves: mom-s
I hate a detective who is a whimp and idiot
Mar 21, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it
I like tha way this author sets his stories in the past. This one is set in the 50's just as the Ford Edsel came out. It was a fun read.
May 22, 2012 Donna rated it liked it
Fun, quick read!
Amanda Meggs
Apr 04, 2014 Amanda Meggs rated it really liked it
Excellent story telling. The characters are warmly written, the setting is well described and the mystery kept me guessing. Wonderful.
May 31, 2012 John rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable book that kept moving and had me looking forward to picking it up again.

I will read more books by Ed Gorman.
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Nov 15, 2013 David Sprouse rated it liked it
And a half.
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Edward Joseph Gorman was born on November 2, 1941 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He spent 20 years in the advertising industry before leaving to write full-time in 1984. Since then, he has been incredibly prolific, averaging 2-3 novels a year in addition to many short stories, editing anthologies, and founding and editing Mystery Scene, the new magazine of the mystery field. He has written in many genres, ...more
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