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The Man From Yesterday: A Jack Lehman Mystery Paperback – May 1 2008

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Academy Chicago Publishers; 2 edition (May 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897335759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897335751
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13.1 x 20.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
You can't help but root for this tough, determined underdog Jan. 25 2006
By Henry W. Wagner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
When retired Detective Lieutenant Jack Lehman receives a phone call from a former snitch telling him of a one-half million-dollar heist that's occurred, his first instinct is to inform his ex-colleagues at the Westend Detective District station house of the crime. A strange thing happens, though, shortly after he begins telling his story to the current captain: he forgets the names of the snitch and of the victim of the heist. His credibility shot, he leaves the station in shame.

Embarrassed by this performance, and anxious because his memory seems to be deserting him, Lehman decides to investigate and see what he can turn up himself. Although he possesses sound instincts, his memory constantly betrays him, leading the police and his family to conclude he's going senile. The only person who doesn't think Lehman is losing his edge is the perpetrator, who decides the ex-cop must be taken out of the picture.

The author of thirteen novels, Shubin knows how to keep a reader's attention, delivering a crackerjack mystery story featuring a man in a life and death struggle against both old age and decay and the criminal element he's determined to bring to justice. Lehman's despair is almost palpable: the audience, which knows Jack is not crazy, can only watch helplessly as those he loves and respects challenge his every assertion and act. Truly courageous, Lehman is a character who will win the hearts and the minds of readers, who can't help but root for this tough, determined underdog.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Gem of a Crime Novel Dec 24 2005
By Dave Zeltserman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Seymour Shubin has crafted a pitch-perfect crime novel. Part Cornell Woolrich, part Ed McBain, The Man From Yesterday features retired detective Jack Lehman, a man who finds himself in the middle of a burglary/murder investigation, and must battle not only his failing memory, but his own self-doubts and the doubts of both those closest to him. Ultimately this becomes more than simply a crime investigation to a struggle for Lehman's dignity and self. The author expertly ratchets up the tension throughout the book creating an extremely satisfying read that's tough to put down once started. Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Man From Yesterday Feb. 27 2006
By Jean Premeau - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was pulled in from the first page and it kept getting stronger. It flows good and has a great story line plus strong Characters. I think this Novel is destined to become a Best Seller.

Jean Premeau

Author of Station In Life.
Who Me? Jan. 8 2011
By Rosebud Book Reviews - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Why I didn't want to like this book? I came to it in a strange way. I, John Lehman, write short stories and novels under the name "Jack Lehman," and when I put that into amazon's search to check on my Kindle books, it came up as a character in this mystery by Seymour Shubin. I bought it. But, far from glamorous, Jack Lehman is a retired police lieutenant in details. No one believes him and the subject now becomes his fight to prove he hasn't "lost it."

Is this the kind of escapism an older reader also with difficulty remembering names needs in his life? The answer is a surprising, yes. Like the classics of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, it is the internal mysteries mirrored by the external ones that tug at your heart. Man from Yesterday builds nicely and then climaxes like a forgotten name that suddenly comes to you. It will leave you cheering. For Jack. For yourself. For being old, but still in the game.

-- John Lehman, Rosebud Book
Human drama, mystery and a message Oct. 9 2006
By Chattan Gordon - Published on
Format: Paperback
73 year-old Jack Lehman, a long-since retired police lieutenant, receives a tip from an old informant concerning a $1,000,000 robbery. He rushes to the police headquarters to pass on the information to the chief. But, by the time he arrives at the station, he can no longer remember the names of the informant and the victim, nor can he recall any details of the crime. Since no crime of that magnitude has been reported, the police are condescending and dismissive.

Lehman knows that a crime has been committed. Trouble is, Lehman has early Alzheimer's Disease - he's lucky if he can remember his own telephone number. The police can't be counted upon to follow through on Lehman's tip. They see Lehman as a befuddled old codger who imagines crimes. Lehman's family is unsupportive and unsympathetic as well. His new second wife is barely able to cope with Lehman's changing mental status. His adult son only criticizes.

Driven by his need to solve one last case, Lehman slowly, painstakingly devises ways to compensate for his failing memory and confusion. For help, he turns to the one person who will really listen to him, the journalist who is writing a series of articles on Lehman's career as a detective. No sooner have the two of them figured out the identity of the informant, than he goes missing. Then members of the informant's old gang turn up dead. Lehman thinks that someone is out to get him as well. But Lehman is never sure of his mental faculties anymore (and neither is the reader, for that matter).

This detective novel by octogenarian, Sidney Shubin, is remarkably sensitive and effective. The mystery takes second place to the human drama as Lehman struggles to live with his Alzheimer's Disease. Shubin takes the reader directly into the mind and heart of a man who is afraid to even admit that he has the disease, but who absolutely refuses to let his mind go without a battle. Several fiction authors have tackled aging and Alzheimer's in recent years, most notably Michael Chabon in The Final Solution (a portrait of Sherlock Holmes as a nonagenarian) and Alice Munro in The Bear Went Over the Mountain. I felt that this mystery novel is one of the best treatments of this theme that I've come across.

This book has helped me see life through the eyes of the Alzheimer sufferer. I highly recommend this fine book to all, but especially to those who have an aging parent or loved one.