The Hotel Dick by Axel Brand (c2008)
The setting for this engaging mystery is Milwaukee in 1948. As a period piece, this mystery about a hotel detective that is murdered by, according to an eyewitness, Spencer Tracy, works on many levels. It includes references to most of the Hollywood stars of 1948, has an abundance of local references and locales, and makes some interesting observations on the morals, laws and society of post-war Milwaukee.
That being said, the mystery itself was rather unfulfilling. The motives of the killer were never fully explained and I felt cheated at the end. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book based on it's local interest and Noir-ish storytelling. Highly recommended for people who enjoy Milwaukee history. Check catalog for availability.
- submitted by Dan @ MPL Central