An Amos Parisman Mystery
By Andy Weinberger
Paperback | $16
Ebook also available
Fri, January 10, 7 p.m.
775 Village Books, Santa Rosa, CA 95405
Retired private eye Amos Parisman is just trying to keep things kosher.
When a controversial rabbi drops dead over his matzoh ball soup at Canter’s Deli in Los Angeles, retired private eye Amos Parisman is hired by the temple’s board to make sure everything is kosher. As he looks into what seems to be a simple, tragic accident, Amos uncovers a world of treachery and hurt that shakes a large L.A. Jewish community to its core.
About the Author
Andy Weinberger is a longtime bookseller who opened Readers’ Books in Sonoma, California, with his wife, Lilla Weinberger, in 1991. Born in New York, he grew up in the Los Angeles area and studied poetry and Chinese history at the University of New Mexico. He lives in Sonoma, where Readers’ Books continues to thrive. This is his first novel. For upcoming events, please check out his blog here.
Praise for An Old Man’s Game
“Delightful … Mr. Weinberger writes as his hero detects: at a measured and thoughtful pace. Most of the book’s violence takes place offstage, leaving the detective to ponder and ruminate in contemplative fashion. And Amos himself proves pleasant company: a gruff mensch whose avowed atheism is balanced by a humanism that sees him tenderly caring at home for his dementia-prone wife. ‘Everybody matters,’ he says at one point, and as we follow his quest to find out what happened to Rabbi Ezra, we know he means it.”
— Wall Street Journal
“Pure entertainment … As characters go, Parisman is as no-nonsense as Philip Marlowe or Sam Spade, but unlike those classic detectives, there’s a bit more heart and nuance to our central character.“
— San Francisco Chronicle
“Andy Weinberger has done something extraordinary with his first novel: he’s written a truly great detective novel that is fresh and original, but already feels like it’s a classic. In the tradition of Walter Mosley, Raymond Chandler, and Sue Grafton, semi-retired private eye Amos Parisman roams LA’s seedy and not-so-seedy neighborhoods in pursuit of justice. I don’t want another Amos Parisman novel—I want a dozen more!”
— Amy Stewart, bestselling author of the Kopp Sisters series, including Girl Waits with Gun.
“I loved An Old Man’s Game. Amos Parisman must return!”
— Cara Black, author of Murder on the Quai and the other Aimée Leduc mysteries
“As with most good detective stories, the real pleasure here is in watching the gumshoe at work… This is sheer fun.”
“While the mystery is intriguing, the thoughtful, retired Jewish PI is the draw for this debut mystery. As he and his wife age, he deals with her onset of dementia with love and patience, that patience being a part of his nature as an inquisitive PI.”
— Library Journal
“An Old Man’s Game doesn’t just offer light entertainment, though there is plenty of that. It also offers plenty of stick-to-your-ribs food for thought on Israel, anti-Semitism, Zionism, Jews, and Palestinians.”
— New York Journal of Books
“Andy Weinberger’s An Old Man’s Game is a reader’s delight. Bringing an old Jewish detective in LA, who doesn’t believe in God, out of retirement to investigate the potential murder of a charismatic rabbi is just the start of this funny, charming, moving, and engaging debut mystery. Add him to Michael Connelly, Walter Mosley, and Joe Ide, writers who embrace the underrepresented people of LA, articulate the distortions of power, and cast a light on the darknesses we humans carry within us. Don’t miss this new mystery from a skillful new writer.”
— John Evans, owner, Diesel Bookstore
“If Isaac Singer wrote an L.A. gumshoe novel, it would be in lively conversation with An Old Man’s Game, the first of what I hope is a series of Amos Parisman mysteries by the immensely talented Andy Weinberger. The writing here, to quote Sam Shepard, is ‘full of crazy and comical pathos,’ and the story itself brings the L.A. Jewish community fabulously and vividly alive. This is a ribald private-eye tale full of genius and originality.”
— Howard Norman, Whiting-award-winning author of My Darling Detective and the upcoming The Ghost Clause
“Andy Weinberger has created an absolutely charming private investigator that readers will follow from book to book. L.A.’s Fairfax District—get ready for your close-up!”
— Naomi Hirahara, author of the Edgar Award–winning Mas Arai mystery series
“Retired Los Angeles private eye Amos Parisman probes the death of a controversial rabbi… Amos has grown cautious enough to hire ex-wrestler Omar Villasenor to provide some much-needed muscle, and the ill-assorted pair provide an entertaining tour of L.A. while they track down a killer with a surprising motive…. worthy of an encore.”
“I have not had this much fun in a mystery debut in many, many years. Not only does Weinberger (and his aging, retired detective Amos Parisman) have a great sense of humor, but his take on Los Angeles makes this a joy to read for all of us locals. … I loved every minute and look forward to the next installment.”
— Bookseller Terry Gilman, owner of Mysterious Galaxy and Creating Conversations