Who said life as a lieutenant in the New City Police Department was easy? Three weeks into her new promotion, Lieutenant Marian Larch faces one of the most puzzling cases of her career: how did someone commit a murder, with no witnesses, on a crowded crosstown bus? Retired businessman Oliver Knowles got on the Thirty-fourth Street bus at Second Avenue. A few blocks later hWho said life as a lieutenant in the New City Police Department was easy? Three weeks into her new promotion, Lieutenant Marian Larch faces one of the most puzzling cases of her career: how did someone commit a murder, with no witnesses, on a crowded crosstown bus? Retired businessman Oliver Knowles got on the Thirty-fourth Street bus at Second Avenue. A few blocks later he was dead, shot in the chest, a copy of Newsweek temporarily hiding his wound from his fellow passengers. None of them spotted the assassin. Nor did the trained operative who was following Knowles for a private investigative agency. These are high-profile cases that Marian must solve if she's to prove to the doubting men above and below her in the department that she deserves her new rank. And just to complicate matters, former lover Curt Holland reappears in Marian's life, both helping and hindering Marian's investigation. From the opening page to the diabolical Barbara Paul twist at the end, Fare Play will delight readers with its authentic detail and wicked wit....
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Fare Play Reviews
FARE PLAY - GPaul, Barbara - 1st in seriesNewly promoted to lieutenant in the NYPD, Marian Larch must take everything that comes with the job: prestige, pay, problems...and diabolical murder.The first victim is an elderly gentleman shot on a crowded bus, silently and skillfully. But why did no one—including a detective who was tailing him—see anything? The next victim is a young woman on a subway. Same MO—a sneak attack, no chance for the victim. Marian suspects a hired killer is involved.As she wages private love and war with former FBI hacker Curt Holland and tackles an overzealous fan of her actress friend, Marian uncovers a murder ring that leads her to a killer—and to those willing to pay for his services.The writing is a bit inconsistent but I'm interested enough I shall probably read more by her.
3.5 stars.This series was self-published and needed an editor. That said, I love Curt Holland -- who, in another incarnation, is Blakes 7's Kerr Avon. [And don't I just wish the stories featuring this character had been made into movies with a young Paul Darrow!] Although the stories become more dated as time passes, I have a special fondness for books #4 You Have The Right To Remain Silent , #5 The Apostrophe Thiefand #6 (this book). (view spoiler)[I feel obligated to warn you - as I wished someone had warned me! - that Book #7is inexplicably and unpardonably cruel to Curt, and I hated it for that, so read Full Frontal Murder at your own risk. (hide spoiler)]Could have been better, but enjoyed it for what it was.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>
Yes, another advance readers' copy that I'm reading years after its publication date. Apparently Paul has written many Marian Larch mysteries both before and since, so there must be other readers who are more impressed by her than I am. I didn't dislike the book but then again it's definitely not even close to the best I've ever read; the same is true of Larch as a character. Eh.
I'm re-reading the Marian Larch series. This is another fine mystery from Barbara Paul. Interesting plot, plus we get more of Larch's relationship with Holland. And Marian gets to serve as her former partner's best man at his wedding! Very enjoyable.
This is an entertaining page turner with decent sub-plots. The romance part didn't "ring true" for me but that could be a factor of reading #6 in a series without reading 1 through 5.