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The suspense is killing me
Maxwell, Thomas.
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New York : Mysterious Press, 1990.
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Booklist Review

Nobody wants their heroes to die; they are supposed to be immortal. Hence, those persistent rumors that JC Tripper, rock star, didn't really meet his end in Tangier in the 1960s; instead, he fabricated his death and is actually still alive and kicking. Lee Tripper, narrator and brother of the late rocker, is hired by a reclusive writer for an exhaustive investigation into the whereabouts of JC. Skipping about from New York to L.A., Tangiers, and Europe, ex-hippie Lee, who was too stoned to remember the events surrounding his brother's end, still believes that JC is dead, despite recent events indicating the contrary. A few bodies turn up, and a romance ensues, while the cynical protagonist warns the reader right from the start that there will be plenty of "deceit and treachery and violence . . . and plain, outright, bald-faced lies." Rather a cross between The Third Man and The Big Fix, this novel offers a fond look at the haze of a past era through the eyes of a jaded and unreliable character, whose narrative will keep readers guessing. ~--Benjamin Segedin

Publisher's Weekly Review

Manhattanite Lee Tripper, whose rock star brother JC ostensibly died in Tangier during the '60s, is hired for an astronomical sum to find out if JC's death was faked. According to PW , ``There are plot surprises galore in this sometimes wildly farfetched tale, and the amusement quotient rises higher with every page.'' (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved