Fritz Thieringer & Maggie McGuane

Created by Brad Solomon

Those who like Dennis Lehane's Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro books (and those who don't) should try and find a copy of Brad Solomon's The Open Shadow (1978), about the L.A.-based male-female private detective team of FRITZ THIERINGER and MAGGIE McGUANE. They have the same sort of spiky relationship as Lehane's couple, and Thieringer's first-person narration is similar to the Lehane protag's, too. But the plot relies more on tricks and twists than on shock and awe. Very tough, but you can still eat dinner after reading it.

As far as I can tell, Solomon wrote this very promising novel, an earlier one, The Gone Man (also excellent), about an actor turned P.I., and a third, Jake and Katie, that isn't so hot. Anybody know anything more about this guy? Seems weird that he'd write just three books and fade. Maybe a pseudonym?


  • "Easily the best private eye novel in years"

-- The Washington Star


Contributed by Dick Lochte.

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