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Death's Little Helpers

B+

Mystery writing offers few higher degrees of difficulty than setting a series in the realm of banking and finance. ”I stacked the credit card statements together and put them next to the bank and brokerage statements,” writes Death’s Little Helpers‘ cop-turned-PI protagonist John March. ”My eyes felt gritty and dry. I was tired of looking at numbers.” We know the feeling. But it’s to Peter Spiegelman’s credit that the Wall Street veteran’s second March novel (Black Maps was the first) is a solidly crafted missing-persons mystery that doesn’t bog down in spreadsheets. Happily, March’s hunt for a telegenic stock analyst who has left behind an angry ex-wife and the Russian Mob is more Without a Trace than CNBC.

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