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Greenleaf, Stephen.
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New York : W. Morrow, 1991.
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Booklist Review

Greenleaf is a gifted writer with a string of well-received Tanner mysteries under his belt. His latest draws on a familiar genre chestnut--murder in the literary world. The small San Francisco publishing house owned by one of Tanner's old friends, Bryce Chatterton, is on shaky ground--too much quality, not enough sales potential. Now, though, things are about to change. Chatterton holds the winning ticket, a sure-fire blockbuster (like every editor, Chatterton is blessed with infallible judgment). There's one problem: the author of the bile-soaked manuscript, received over the transom, cannot be located. Enter Tanner. Naturally, the job of finding the secretive novelist proves more difficult than it seems, and soon enough Tanner is in a heap of nonliterary trouble. Some readers may revel in the way Greenleaf lards his tale with publishing gossip and runaway name-dropping (Norman Mailer, Amy Tan, North Point Press, and Random House all receive mention), but others may find it more than a little laborious. Tanner fans might have preferred a little more suspense. So where does that leave us? Is Book Case the kind of novel any publisher would kill for? Not really, but only an editor knows for sure. ~--Peter Robertson

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this refreshing addition to the John Marshall Tanner series, San Francisco private dectective Tanner, last seen in the splendid Impact , is hired by a publisher to find the author of an anonymously penned manuscript. Although his client believes that the manuscript is a surefire bestseller, Tanner is convinced it is a prescription for murder. The possible targets could be any of the San Francisco power brokers who, according to the book, had the author imprisoned on a fabricated rape charge. Then Tanner learns that these potential victims are busy covering up another scandal that does indeed soon lead to a homicide. Tanner relentlessly pursues his investigation even when the evidence implicates one of his best friends. In the true-to-life conclusion, Tanner understands how the elite retain control and what he must do to stop them. Greenleaf has once again delivered a book with intriguing plot twists about the causes of moral bankruptcy. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved