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House Dick by E. Howard Hunt
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Jul 06, 2011

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So, part of the enticement of this book is that the author was partly responsible for the Watergate break-in under President Nixon's administration and here he is the author of a book about a hotel house detective in Washington D.C.. How meta! Of course the book was written almost twenty years prior to that infamous robbery. Taken on its own terms, this is a fairly straight ahead murder mystery with slight dips into blue collar philosophy (" there more to life than that?" "I wouldn't know." He straightened his lapels. "The job buys whisky and clean sheets. In today's world only a fool would complain").

While reading it I was at times reminded of the film Union Station (1950) with William Holden. Both are about detectives who aren't quite cops, protecting the small beat that they have on the fringes of the law. Not much more of a comparison than that though. Great movie, by the way.

All in all, it was a good book, not great one.
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