James Shaw
Created by Isadore Haiblum

You think I'm tough? You should meet my uncle.

JAMES SHAW came from the Lower Eastside of Manhattan, and runs a New York City detective agency that was originally founded by his Uncle Max, a hardnosed former cop with an apparently encyclopedic knowledge of the Lower East Side. Max come out of retirement to help James when he was hired to help a tenants group battle their new landlords, and things get way out of control in 1990's Bad Neighbors by Isadore Haiblum.

Publishers Weekly credits Haiblum with creating a "multifaceted sleuth who defies genre stereotyping... Shaw is Jewish; he has a soft heart, a social conscience and a passion for classical music. He is also shrewd, unflappable and more than a match for the pugnacious thugs continually on his trail." But they then take him to task for "The book's excruciatingly slow pace (which) proves to be a heavy handicap."


Report respectfully submitted by David Nobriga, with additional info from by Kevin Burton Smith.

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