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The Straight Man

(The fifth book in the Moses Wine series)
A novel by

Edgar Awards Best Novel (nominee)


It's not a good time to be Moses Wine. After the events of California Roll, his life seems to have taken a turn for the worse-he's lost his high-paying security job at the Tulip Computer Corporation, his kids don't pay any attention to him, his love life's a mess, and his career as a top gumshoe is on the downslide. He's bored and depressed. So what else would a neurotic private eye do but see a shrink?

Unfortunately, his psychiatrist's idea of helping is to get him involved in a case. A comic-the straight man in the country's most popular comedy team-has jumped off a building to his death. But was it suicide? His wife thinks not, and the trail of clues soon leads Moses from the swank beaches of Los Angeles to the mean streets of the South Bronx, bringing him into contact with some of the toughest, sexiest, weirdest characters he's ever encountered. Well, if anything is guaranteed to end Moses' depression, it's this case. There's only one problem: it might also end his life....

Genre: Mystery

Used availability for Roger L Simon's The Straight Man

Hardback Editions

May 2001 : USA Hardback

Title: The Straight Man (Moses Wine Mysteries)
Author(s): Roger L Simon
ISBN: 0-7434-1320-2 / 978-0-7434-1320-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: I Books
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September 1986 : USA Hardback

Title: The Straight Man
Author(s): Roger Simon
ISBN: 0-394-55837-5 / 978-0-394-55837-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Villard
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Paperback Editions

February 2013 : Australia Paperback

Title: The Straight Man
Author(s): Roger L Simon
ISBN: 1-876963-53-0 / 978-1-876963-53-8 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Ipicturebooks
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January 2001 : USA Paperback

Title: Straight Man
Author(s): Roger L Simon
ISBN: 0-7432-1320-3 / 978-0-7432-1320-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
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October 1987 : USA Paperback

Title: Straight Man: A Moses Wine Mystery
Author(s): Roger Lichtenberg Simon
ISBN: 0-446-34389-7 / 978-0-446-34389-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grand Central Pub
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