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

By William Kotzwinkle, Beate Kemfert (Editor), Heinz Peter Schwerfel (Contributor), Burcu Dogramaci (Contributor), Martin Schulz (Contributor), Elizabeth Blackburn (Narrator), Glenn Barr & Kevin Nowlan
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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 1, 2007
Publisher   Felony & Mayhem
ISBN  1933397683  
ISBN13  9781933397689  

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More About William Kotzwinkle, Beate Kemfert, Heinz Peter Schwerfel, Burcu Dogramaci, Martin Schulz, Elizabeth Blackburn, Glenn Barr & Kevin Nowlan

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! William Kotzwinkle is the author of eighteen children's books, including The World is Big and I'm So Small, Tales from the Empty Notebook, The Nap Master, E.T. The Extraterrestrial and E.T. The Book of the Green Planet. His books for adults include The Bear Went Over the Mountain, The Fan Man, Fata Morgana, and Doctor Rat. He is the two-time winner of the National Magazine Award for Fiction and the World Fantasy Award. His books are published all over the world.

Glen Murray is a supervisor for educational technology in New Brunswick, Canada. He spends a lot of time in schools where he often mixes business with pleasure by reading to elementary classes. He has written radio dramas for the CBC, as well as articles on Canadian history and technology. He recently worked with the Lung Association on their Flight for Life project, raising awareness from coast to coast about air quality and the environment.

Audrey Colman is an artist and designer living in Berkeley, California. Her art has been featured in a variety of products from magazines, posters, and other print work to multi-media projects. This is her first children's book. She is also the author and illustrator of Francine, Francine the Beach Party Queen! Visit her art at

William Kotzwinkle was born in 1939.

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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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