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The Poet's Funeral

By John M. Daniel

     Dynamic and controversial young poet, Heidi Yamada, dies mysteriously at the American Booksellers Association Convention. While everyone else attributes it to a tragic drug overdose, Guy Mallon, her short term lover and publisher of her first manuscript, cannot believe that the feisty Heidi he remembers would die in such a pathetic way.

     The ease in which Daniel draws the reader into this fast paced literary mystery is commendable. Characters are distinct and engaging which keeps readers turning pages faster and faster until the dramatic resolution. Potential murderers lurk at every turn of the page in the perfect blend of action and suspense. Guy's personal investigation of Heidi's death is riddled with amusing references to literary business people, publishing lingo, and even the literary band, The Rock Bottom Remainders.

     For anyone connected to the publishing industry, those who wish to be, and those who just enjoy a fun and unique mystery, this book is a must. Not only does it provide some scintillating information about the publishing world, but also creates a vivid mental movie to go along with the dialog. By the end, you'll feel like you've been a bystander at the ABA convention and you'll be ready to pack your bags and visit it again.

The Book

Poisoned Pen Press
May 2005
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The Reviewer

Sarah Lomas
Reviewed 2005
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