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Title:
Phantom angel
Author:
Handler, David, 1952- , author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2015.
Physical Description:
245 pages ; 22 cm.
Series:
Summary:
"When it comes to tracking down teen runaways there is no private investigator in New York City better than street-wise Benji Golden. His newest client is Morrie Frankel, the last of the great Broadway showmen. Morrie's current extravaganza, a lavish $65 million musical adaptation of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, is the biggest unfolding disaster the Great White Way has ever seen. Rumor has it if he doesn't find a deep-pocketed 'angel, ' or investor, soon, he might go down and take the production with him. Morrie tells Benji he thought he had found such an investor in hedge fund billionaire R.J. Farnell, who promised to keep the teetering production afloat. But Farnell and his $12 million vanished"--
General Note:
"A mystery"--Jacket.

"A Thomas Dunne book."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781250059734
Format :
Book

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Summary

A wickedly funny private eye novel set in the dark underbelly of New York City, where the worlds of Broadway and organized crime meet

When it comes to tracking down teen runaways, there is no private investigator in New York City better than streetwise Benji Golden. But his newest client is Morrie Frankel, the last of the great Broadway showmen. Morrie's current extravaganza, a lavish $65 million musical adaptation of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, is the biggest unfolding disaster the Great White Way has ever seen. Rumor has it, if he doesn't find a deep-pocketed "angel," or investor, soon, he might go down and take the production with him.

Morrie thought he had found such an investor in hedge fund billionaire R.J. Farnell, who promised to keep the teetering production afloat. But Farnell and his $12 million have vanished. Benji tracks Farnell to his girlfriend, Jonquil Beausoleil, who turns the investigation on its head. When Morrie is found gunned down on 42nd Street, Benji finds himself smack in the middle of a high-profile murder investigation, and he'll have to pierce through a lot of Broadway gossip before he can find thekiller.

Phantom Angel is the next entertaining installment in David Handler's newest mystery series, sure to delight both old and new fans of this award--winning, unique voice in crime fiction.


Author Notes

DAVID HANDLER is a winner of the Edgar and American Mystery Awards. He began his career as a journalist and was the New York cultural correspondent and Broadway critic for Scripps-Howard News Service, as well as a frequent contributor to TV Guide and other national magazines before he began writing for television and then films. He's the author of the Stewart Hoag, Benji Golden and Berger & Mitry mystery series. Handler lives in a two-hundred-year-old carriage house in Old Lyme, Connecticut.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Legendary Broadway showman Morrie Frankel is in trouble and turns to PI Benji Golden, of Golden Legal Services, for help. Frankel has sole control of producing a musical version of Wuthering Heights, but he is out of money and hires Golden to find R. J. Farnell, the British hedge-fund billionaire who promised $12 million to back the show but then disappeared. Find Farnell's girlfriend, Jonquil Beausoleil, and you'll find him, too, Frankel says. Golden soon locates and connects with Beausoleil, only to learn more about Frankel's problems through Cricket O'Shea, a trendy Broadway blogger with whom he has a history. It becomes clear that Farnell is actually a phantom angel, with Golden hired simply to buy Frankel time, but time is soon the least of Frankel's problems. Narrator Golden (introduced in Runaway Man, 2013) may have a baby face, but he also has street smarts and an appealing candor. Two murders aside, this is relatively low in suspense but high in wisecracking humor, a fast read that's smooth as it can be, with a protagonist you just want to hug.--Leber, Michele Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

The world of Broadway provides the backdrop for Handler's effervescent second Benji Golden mystery (after 2013's Runaway Man). The biggest of big producers, Morrie Frankel, has need of Benji's firm, Golden Legal Services, founded by his former-police-detective father and former-pole-dancer mother. Morrie is desperate to find his billionaire angel (that's Broadway for backer) for his troubled musical version of Wuthering Heights. Benji's only hope is to locate the angel's supposed girlfriend, a sweet, naïve Louisiana runaway, one Jonquil "Boso" Beausoleil. The madras-shorts-clad, Ethel Merman-loving, 20-something Benji is a most unlikely sleuth, but he's a smart one, and he's surrounded by a slew of flesh-and-blood New Yorkers, ranging from a sexy gossip monger to a tender, handsome urban farmer. With pitch-perfect dialogue that's often hilarious (especially the running joke about Alvin and the Chipmunks) leading up to Benji's Sherlock moment of a reveal, this entry is a wacky delight. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

PI Benji Golden takes the case of a missing investor, or "angel," for Morrie Frankel's over-the-top musical production of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. Yet this angel seems to be made of smoke and mirrors. When Golden quits the investigation, his former client is shot on 42nd Street. Now Benji's case is real, and he is stuck square in the middle of the investigation. Golden's second case (after Runaway Man) takes readers on a tour of the best-and worst-of Broadway. (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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