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Elephants in the Distance Paperback – Feb 1 2007

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Felony & Mayhem (Feb. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933397659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933397658
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g

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Amazon.com: 8 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Magic and Mystery a great combo Aug. 25 2008
By NKBH - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book in one day - what fun! It provides a combination of Magic and Mystery that is fun and exciting. I have recently found the publishers of Felony & Mayhem and I am finding their books to be a rare jewels. Elephants in the Distance takes place over a short period of time as bodies fall and secrets are revealed. The book's cover is a little deceiving since the book takes place in a fairly modern setting (1960s - 1970s)and is not a cozy 1920 mystery as the cover may lead you to expect, but it is a wonderful journey.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Literary magic! Sept. 7 2009
By Patto - Published on Amazon.com
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ELEPHANTS IN THE DISTANCE may not be the most scintillating title, but don't be put off. The book itself is a great find.

Paul Galliard is a young magician who makes spot removal commercials, as well as performing traditional magic. He used to be an academic doing graduate work on an obscure Civil War general, but the call of magic prevailed.

His father, Thomas Galliard, was a famous magician who died spectacularly on TV, during a dangerous trick called The Bullet Catch.

A producer is pressuring Paul to recreate his father's act (more successfully) for a TV special celebrating the popular 50's magic show where Thomas Galliard got his start - and met his end. Will Paul do it? This adds a nice bit of tension to the plot.

Meanwhile, his father's old magician associates are being murdered one by one, in ways that look natural or accidental. Paul, under threat himself, attempts to figure out what's going on.

This delightful book has it all - ingenious crimes, dry humor, plodding police, a charming romance with lots of witty banter, an inside look at magic (the author was a working magician) - and multiple surprises in the last few pages.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Clever, clever, clever April 5 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Refreshing to read a book without any explicit sex and violence and yet find it interesting. I enjoyed the author's ability to write about the world of magic. It was informative yet not inappropriately so. That was something entirely new. This was a light read, but well worth the time
How can you like this hero? He's just so caustic. Nov. 20 2012
By David Wilkin - Published on Amazon.com
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A good mystery has to have enough details in it so that as everything unfolds you help solve the crime as does the sleuth. There are clues along the way, but then there are Sherlockian leaps, that the internal voice of our hero never dwells on.

Sherlock Holmes might get away with this. Conan Doyle was a very good writer that created this genre and made it his own. Stashower has a lot he adds that is good, but he has a sarcastic voice in his dialogue that even a Raymond Chandler detective might find hard to stomach.

That was the crux. I wanted to know more about the magic, but the hero was just unlikeable. I didn't care whether he was actually killed by the stunt he was recreating or not. He had a poor way of showing his affection to the women in his life, and then when questioned why he was linked to so many deaths, again with the attitude.

If I was the police I probably would have thrown him in jail for littering since he was being anything but helpful in their investigations. The end, as well, where we know what is going on, but the rest of the world seems a little oblivious too, makes you want to say that it really wasn't worth all the bother. A Magician based sleuth is something that would be rather special, but this was not one you want to follow.
Magic act Dec 18 2009
By P. Ho - Published on Amazon.com
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The Publishers Weekly review pretty much sums up the plot of the book. Paul Galliard, a part time magician is asked to recreate for a TV special a bullet catching act that his late father specialized. Along the way he has to contend with several deaths that are somehow connected with magicians circle that included his father.

Several other people have also accurately described this as neat and light. I can only add that if you are a fan of the old Ellery Queen novels as I am then you will positively delight in this work. The twists on this novel hark back to an earlier age (even though it was published originally in the late 1980s) where crime novels were notable for their absence of psychological weight. Having this book with me was the most fun I had at the airport waiting for a stubborn fog to evaporate. Normally I would rate something this light about 3.5 stars, but since it was such good company, I will happily round it off to 4 while I'm still in a good mood.

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