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Body scissors
Doolittle, Jerome.
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New York : Pocket Books, [1990]

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Booklist Review

Consider Body Scissors a grittier, harder-edged Ross Thomas novel, and you have a sense of what Doolittle--a former White House speechwriter--is up to. Throw in Robert B. Parker's Boston locale, his hero's smart mouth and propensity for mayhem, and the sordid, skeleton-filled family closets of the rich and powerful that Raymond Chandler kept opening, and you have an even better idea. J. Alden Kellicott needs to be "woodshedded" before being named as a nominee for secretary of state. Investigator Tom Bethany is hired to sift through the Harvard professor's life to make sure no Eagleton- or Ferraro-like skeletons litter his closet. Of course there is one, a real hummer involving murder, incest, and child pornography. Bethany is a quirky, engaging new character and his jaundiced view of politics (Did you know that George Schultz has a Princeton tiger tattooed on his butt?) will make the reader hope Doolittle is hard at work on number two. ~--Thomas Gaughan

Publisher's Weekly Review

While performing a routine background check on a potential Secretary of State, freelance researcher Tom Bethany turns up information on the man's murdered runaway daughter, an alleged whore and drug fiend. PW called this a ``realistic, sharply penned mystery'' with a ``riveting, unpredictable resolution.'' (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Tom Bethany, security consultant in Cambridge, Massachusetts, narrates this commendable first mystery about a wealthy professor hoping to become the next Secretary of State. Hired to research the man's background for any hint of scandal, Bethany can find nothing wrong until he looks into the unsolved murder of the professor's wayward daughter. The more involved he becomes with the case, the more he realizes that the police fumbled their investigation. Bethany, a Vietnam veteran who distrusts government, is a sturdy and methodical--if somewhat unorthodox--protagonist made human by his love for a married woman. Solid procedure, realistic environment, interesting-if-unspectacular plot recommend this to most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.