Aaron Asherfeld

Created by David Berlinski

So what happened?

Private eye AARON ASHERFELD hailed from San Francisco, and at one point in the nineties he and his creator, David Berlinski, looked poised to join the ranks of the big boys, at least according to many of my pals over at Rara-Avis back in the day.

The writing was, according to Publisher's Weekly, "as smooth as satin" and the dialogue "snap(ped) and zing(ed) with humor and energy." And even this "resourceful pipsqueak"'s frequent political incorrectness in the first two novels, A Clean Sweep (1993) and Less Than Meets the Eye (1994) didn't seem to phase most reviewers, who praised the "eye-popping" plots and "entertaining" prose.

But the third book, The Body Shop (1996) found Asherfeld curiously subdued, prompting many, including Kirkus Reviews, to wonder if the "all-purpose misanthrope Aaron Asherfeld (had) been mellowing too long in the California sun?" and demanding to know "What's he got to be so happy about, anyway?"

Was it his new found political correctness that sealed his doom, or was it too little too late?


Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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