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Doppelgangster [Mass Market Paperback]

Laura Resnick
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Jan. 5 2010 Esther Diamond Novels (Book 2)

"In Laura Resnick's Doppelgangster, the New York actress is 'resting' between roles by working as a singing waitress at a Manhattan mob restaurant because wiseguys tip well. Then duplicated gangsters appear, bullets start flying, and it's up to Esther and her friend Max the Magician to fight Evil by stopping the gang war before it starts killing the wrong people. And if she has time, maybe Esther can actually keep a hot date with her hunky detective friend Lopez, who doesn't believe in magic. Yet. Unplug the phone and settle down for a fast and funny read."
--New York Times bestselling author Mary Jo Putney

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4.0 out of 5 stars Seeing double March 17 2014
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Doppelganster is another fun filled mysteru ride from Laura Resnick. An interesting mix of mob and magic, with a sidetake on the life of a B list actress.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Had me in stitches Jan. 6 2010
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Esther Diamond is between acting jobs. To make ends meet, she takes a job waiting tables at Bella Stella. Connor Lopez, the cop who may or may not be Esther's boyfriend, is concerned because Bella Stella is frequented by the Gambello crime family, but hey, a girl's gotta make a living!

Before long, though, Esther lands in deep trouble. One of Bella Stella's regulars, Chubby Charlie, sees a perfect double of himself and then is murdered right in front of her. She's traumatized by the event, the tabloids are painting her as mob-connected, Lopez doesn't believe her version of events, and she's starting to suspect that Charlie's double was created by magic. When other doubles start popping up, followed by more murders, it's up to Esther to find the killer, with the help of Max, her centuries-old wizard friend; Lucky, an aging wiseguy; and Max's new "familiar," Nelli, who may be a mystical creature but seems more like an ordinary, slobbering Canis familiaris.

What follows is a twisty, well-executed mystery plot laced with plenty of humor. Laura Resnick touches on some serious themes from time to time -- these are gangsters, not Boy Scouts, after all -- but DOPPELGANGSTER never gets too heavy or depressing. In fact, it's laugh-out-loud funny, the kind of book that makes me want to use words like "screwball" and "romp." Esther and her friends make a hilarious team, and I love watching them interact. My favorite scenes include Lucky teaching Max to use gangster lingo, and pretty much any scene involving the dog. (Max would of course correct me. I shouldn't call Nelli a dog. She's a familiar!)

DOPPELGANGSTER is a great mix of urban fantasy, humor, mystery, and maybe a dash of chick lit. It had me in stitches. I also recommend Resnick's first Esther Diamond book, Disappearing Nightly. You don't have to read it to follow Doppelgangster's storyline, but it's worth tracking down anyway, just because it's fun!
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4.0 out of 5 stars With Mercury in Retrograde the Poop Hits the Fan for New York Mobsters & One Singing Waitress March 20 2010
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All Esther Diamond wants is a decent acting role that she can be proud of (and her typically Jewish mother can be proud of as well!) she'll do anything to get her to stop nagging. Plus, it would be nice to get a regular paycheck. And finally go on a hot sexy date with her police detective boyfriend. But it looks as if that's not in the cards for Esther. At least not while Mercury is in retrograde and her proverbial job as a singing waitress at Bella Stella's (the mob version of Casablanca) is soon to hit the skids.

When Esther's favorite wiseguy customer Chubby Charlie Chiccante is gunned down in front of her after seeing his mystical doppelganger, she's drawn deeply into a web of magical intrigue and the mobster underworld. Who is creating the magical doppelganger assassins that threaten to start an all out mob war between New York's notorious crime families? And can she stop it before she ends up sleeping with the fishes too?

Doppelgangster is an energetic gangster tale with elements of the paranormal that is both witty and hilarious. At first, I didn't know what to expect when starting it. Was it a paranormal? Was it a mystery? Was it a thriller? Was it a romance? I was so pleasantly surprised to find that it was all of these things and more. Diving into Doppelgangster was like getting the best piece of the pie and slowly savoring each bite.

Resnick is in her element with Doppelgangster's dialogue. She's a powerhouse with it. The funny and engaging mobsterisms are rampant, clever, and her character interactions are simply gut busting. In fact the two most important aspects of Resnick's tale are the originality of her idea and the brilliant character interactions. Esther, paired with Lucky, Max, and Nelli at the behest of the Gambello's shy don makes this one of the funniest books I've read this year. I laughed non-stop throughout this book.

There is a small thread of romance between Esther and her slurpalicious detective Lopez. But so far, the mobster shenanigans ensuing have firmly placed the lovers on opposite camps: Lopez on the side of the law and Esther helping the "family". While this tenuous thread between the two of them was smoking hot, I suspect that we'll be seeing more of sexy Detective Lopez in Resnick's next novel. Especially the barest hint that he might not be what he seems, and could be psychically gifted.

If you want to truly be entertained, (and laugh out loud frequently) and enjoy storytelling at its best, give Doppelgangster a whirl!

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5.0 out of 5 stars First-Rate Urban Fantasy! Jan. 6 2010
By Elizabeth Bennet - Published on
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I'm fairly new to the urban fantasy genre. I read the first Esther Diamond book, "Disappearing Nightly",about a year ago and absolutly loved it. I passed it on to all my friends. They also enjoyed it. I had been anxiously awaiting the next book, and I was not disappointed! Dopplegangster is funny, witty, and impossible to put down. I am already looking forward to the next book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as fun as the first. April 23 2013
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This is the second in the Esther Diamond series, and while the story moves along at a fair pace, it doesn't have as fun a cast of characters as the first (Disappearing Nightly). The inevitable plot twist is decent but this novel lacks some of the energy of the first.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I look forward to reading the next one Dec 8 2012
By James K Motsinger - Published on
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I really did like this book, but I hope the plotting is tighter in the next one (no disrespect meant to Ms. Resnick). It was very entertaining, humorous, and well thought-through. I just figured out (OK - correctly guessed, but based on the situation) the identity of the guilty party long before I should have. Perhaps I read too many murder mysteries. I just think it reads as an early work. I will pick up the next one in the series and see how it goes from there. Here's hoping . . .
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