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The Game of 30 (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries) [Paperback]

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Streetwise PI Jimmy McShane has seen plenty, but he's never seen anything like the murder of Tommy Rennseler. A wealthy antiques dealer with a passion for Egyptian artifacts, Rennseler was killed like an ancient Egyptian: injected with cobra venom and ritually disembowelled. When he's hired by the dead man's daughter, McShane realizes quickly that he's never seen anything like Temple Rennseler, either. She's beautiful, exotic and - perhaps - extremely dangerous. She s also obsessed with the Game of 30, a centuries-old form of chess that - perhaps - foretells the future. The more enmeshed he gets with Temple, the more McShane succumbs to the lure of the Game. But just what game is Temple playing? And who killed Tommy Rennseler?

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Pages   271
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.66 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 15, 2007
Publisher   Felony & Mayhem
ISBN  1933397683  
ISBN13  9781933397689  

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More About William Kotzwinkle

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! William Kotzwinkle is the author of such enduring classics as The Fan Man, Fata Morgana, and The Bear Went Over the Mountain. His numerous children s books include E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. He has twice won the National Magazine Award for Fiction, as well as many other honors here and abroad, including the World Fantasy Award. His most recent novel is The Amphora Project.

Glenn Murray has worked in education for over twenty years, both in Canada and the Middle East. He has written radio dramas for the CBC and devotes a lot of time to promoting literacy. He has been pleased and privileged to see firsthand that the Walter books can be used to turn kids on to reading.

Elizabeth Gundy is best known for her novel Bliss. Among her other books are Cat on a Leash and the comic novel The Disappearance of Gregory Pluckrose. She is also co-creator of the first four Walter books.

Audrey Colman illustrated the four previous Walter the Farting Dog books and also wrote and illustrated a picture book entitled Francine, Francine, the Beach Party Queen!, which appeared on the New York Times bestseller list along with the Walter the Farting Dog series. Her digital painting has been featured in magazines, posters, and multimedia projects. She lives in Oakland, California.


William Kotzwinkle was born in 1939.

William Kotzwinkle has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Walter the Farting Dog

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both modern and nostalgic  Nov 22, 2000
William Kotzwinkle, despite his frequent turns converting blockbuster movies like ET: the Extraterrestrial into novels, is one of the more consistently interesting fantasy writers around. In The Game of Thirty, he tries his hand at a hard-boiled private eye novel and proves quite capable.

Jimmy McShane is a former military cop turned NY City private detective. When he is hired to look into the mysterious death of an antiquities dealer, he finds himself getting drawn into a murderous match of wits with the killer, based on the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs' Game of Thirty.

Mixing traditional elements of noir fiction--first person narrative, wisecracking dialogue, and urban locale--with nearly Victorian elements, reminiscent of a Sherlock Holmes or Fu Manchu tale--cobra venom, egyptology and the like--and throwing in a New Age heroine as Jimmy's sidekick, Kotzwinkle produces a neat little thriller that manages to be both modern and nostalgic and seems like it would be perfect for the big screen.


Interesting Until the End  Apr 30, 2000
The Game of Thirty is a little bit above average when it comes to stories in the mystery-esque genera. The plot is interesting, and although it revolves around a typical "hard guy" main character and "kooky, yet bright" dilettante female companion, the story does not come across as being too cliche. For me the best part about the book was the Egyptian atmosphere, which is centered on a board game - the Game of Thirty. Although at times this game is used to envoke far too much foreshadowing, on the whole it helps the story progress. An antiquities theme runs througout the book, but many other sub plots are developed (generally well), that allow the reader to peak into other walks of life. The worst part of the book is the ending. Readers can guess the ending about 1/2 way through, and the conclusion is completely unrealistic. Still the Game of Thirty is a good read.
An Encahnting and Intriguing read  Aug 15, 1999
The Game of thirty was a ming boggling and fascinating book. It seemed to lead you into a new dream and keep you there. This book deals with tough issues, deeper than you can imagine, and handles them straightforward, in a New Yorker approach. I definetlty reccomend this book to anyone. It is an intriguing tale that sweeps you off your feet.
A fast paced mystery that has you playing "the game".  Nov 23, 1996
"The Game of Thirty" is a well written and enthralling mystery that blends a wide array of characters into a wonderful whodunnit. Ancient Egyptian artifacts, New York jewelers and pedophiles make this a read you can't put down
Deeply engaging ,intelligent thriller. I read it in 1 night  Jun 2, 1996
Kotzwinkle's fertile imagination has weaved a plot with just enough twists to be interesting without being convoluted. His character development is sympathetic and complex, . The author has a great eye for detail and creating a proper setting, so the story is a good read throughout. The hero is virile and smart but also compassionate. The ending is not a straight- forward one, but leaves the reader with certain personal judgements to make. I can"t wait for the movie !!

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