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The Cooperman variations : a Benny Cooperman mystery
Engel, Howard, 1931-
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Woodstock, N.Y. : Overlook Press, 2002.

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279 pages ; 21 cm
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Benny Cooperman is a detective with flair, known and loved the world over as a witty, egg salad-loving, Jewish gentleman sleuth. This kinder, gentler detective-funny, smart, and squeamish about violence-is the creation of master of the genre Howard Engel, and readers stretch now to thirteen countries, from his native Canada to Japan, England, Germany, Italy, Spain, Denmark, and the US.

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Howard Engel was born on April 2, 1931; he is a Canadian mystery writer, author of the Benny Cooperman Mysteries. He has won numerous awards thanks to his literary works, such as the Arthur Ellis Award for Crime Fiction and the Crime Writers of Canada Derick Murdoch Award. In 2013, Engel received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.

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Booklist Review

The new installment of the Canadian novelist's popular private-eye series finds perpetually struggling investigator Benny Cooperman leaving his usual setting--the fictional Ontario city of Grantham--and taking up temporary residence in the bustling metropolis of Toronto, where he's signed on as bodyguard to an old high-school acquaintance. Television exec Vanessa Moss was the object of Benny's adolescent affections, although she never knew it. Now he must protect her from some unnamed killers, despite her insistence on putting herself at risk at every possible opportunity. As usual, Benny fumbles his way through the case but eventually sorts out lies from truth and bad guys from good guys. This is a charming series (imagine Sam Spade as played by Woody Allen, or perhaps Jon Lovitz); readers new to Benny's world may find themselves a little confused from time to time, but this is only a minor inconvenience. Benny is a wonderful narrator, and once readers have spent a few minutes with him, they will feel like they've known him all their lives. Great fun. David Pitt

Publisher's Weekly Review

When vision of loveliness Stella Seco"now known as Vanessa Moss"appears in charming Jewish gumshoe Benny Coopermans Ontario office, its not, unfortunately, a social call, even though they went to school together. Because a friend wearing Vanessas clothing was murdered in Vanessas house, the gorgeous head of entertainment at the National Television Corporation believes that someones out to kill her and wants Benny to protect her"and that shes one of the prime suspects in the murder is the least of Bennys problems in Howard Engels hard-to-resist The Cooperman Variations: A Benny Cooperman Mystery. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Canadian-Jewish P.I. Benny Cooperman (There Was an Old Woman) goes to work for Vanessa Moss, a former acquaintance who now heads the entertainment division of a television network. After a friend is murdered in her house, Vanessa fears for her own life. Recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.