Out of Time

Michael Z. Lewin

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28 January 2016
226 pages

Albert Samson, once described as the private eye combining 'the best moral qualities of the Continental Op and Lew Archer', feels life is looking good when he acquires two clients in an afternoon.

The first, an eccentric old man living in an expensive apartment and obsessed with his home computer, asks him to investigate a young man suspected of running with a wild crowd.

The second is a wealthy banker. His wife has discovered that her birth certificate is a fake which puts her whole history in doubt. Now she wonders if she has any identity at all.

Samson's investigations lead him, via dusty archives, a sentimental night club owner, the police and the press, to the 1930s and 40s and an old murder. It also leads him to suspect that a recent 'natural' death may be a cold-blooded killing.

Lewin devises. . . intricate plots and peoples them with. . . interesting characters. . . giving even the most minor of characters vivid and unstereotyped personalities

Washington Post Book World

Albert Samson [is] always good, wry company. . .with an engaging array of starkly charming secret-keepers, seedy shadows from 1930s/'40s Indiana, and the sleuth's own low-key, likable integrity

Kirkus Reviews