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Book Cover of the Week: Harry Lipkin, Private Eye

Tuesday, April 03, 2012 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Meet Harry Lipkin, the world's oldest private detective: part Sam Spade, part Woody Allen, all mensch.

With a tagline like that, who could resist? Harry Lipkin, Private Eye (Barry Fantoni) will be published by Doubleday in July.

Harry Lipkin is a tough-talking, soft-chewing, rough-around-the-edges, slow-around-the-corners private investigator who carries a .38 along with a spare set of dentures. Harry specializes in the sort of cases that cops can't be bothered with, but knows where to find good chopped liver for a fair price. He might not be the best P.I. in Miami, but at 87, he's certainly the oldest.

His latest client, Mrs. Norma Weinberger, has a problem. Someone in her home is stealing sentimental trinkets and the occasional priceless jewel from her; someone she employs, trusts, cares for, and treats like family. With the stakes so low and blood pressure that's a little too high, Harry Lipkin must figure out whodunit before the thief strikes again.