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The Hotel Detective Mass Market Paperback – 1 Apr 1995

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Time Warner International; Reprint edition (1 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446403482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446403481
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,515,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Critical acclaim has greeted Alan Russell's novels from coast to coast. Publisher's Weekly calls him, "One of the best writers in the mystery field today. The New York Times says, "He has a gift for dialogue," while the Los Angeles Times calls him, "A crime fiction rara avis." Russell's ten novels have ranged from whodunits to comedic capers to suspense, and his works have been nominated for most of the major awards in crime fiction. His novels have garnered him a Critics' Choice Award, The Lefty (awarded to the best humorous mystery of the year), and two San Diego Book Awards. A native and long-time resident of California, Alan Russell is a former college basketball player who these days barely can touch the rim. A proud father of three children, Russell is an avid gardener and cook, and fortunately is blessed with a spouse who doesn't mind weeding or washing dishes.

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By Amazon Customer on 25 Jun. 2014
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i liked it once i got into it
was a good story bit hard to follow at first real thriller
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By Sally Robinson on 21 Nov. 2014
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Not a bad read, some funny moments
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Delightful Read 19 Jun. 2013
By Jackie - Published on
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The Hotel Detective is a departure from Alan Russell's other books. It is more lighthearted, funny, and highly entertaining. The inner workings of a hotel, seen through the eyes of the assistant manager/hotel detective, is absolutely showcased. It is quite obvious that Mr. Russell is intimately familiar with what goes on inside hotel management. He totally entertains the reader with LAUGH OUT LOUD antics by the hotel guests and even the hotel staff. He offers a few mysteries that all along seem to be heading toward a specific resolution only to be turned on their heads in the final analysis. The ending of the book, professionally, for the hotel detective, at first seems a disappointment. The reader wants a specific professional gain for AM. However, after reflection, I'm convinced that Russell has actually given us a better ending for AM and has definitely set the reader up for the sequel, The Fat Innkeeper (which I've just bought and will read next). Russell is especially gifted at being true to his characters, even if that takes the story and the reader in unexpected directions. If the reader has never been to San Diego, he knows what it's like from reading this book. Russell is a master at visualizing people, places, moods, and situations. His language is rich and full, even full of puns and double entendres that are delightful and definitely NOT groan worthy. Russell's books are always winners and satisfying reads whether they are hard core or lighthearted. Enjoy each and every one of them. Amazon, please bring Exposure, Forest Prime Evil, and No Sign Of Murder (all by Alan Russell) to KINDLE!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent value and a good read! 20 Mar. 2013
By Minga - Published on
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Russell is very good at developing interesting characters. Hotel Detective is an easy read that has enough twists to keep the reader thinking while being entertained. The Hotel Detective is a guy you can like who is smart and funny and always has a different way to look at any situation. Excellent value and a good read, what can be better! Keep them coming.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Well worth the read!! 10 April 2014
By Anthony Alan White - Published on
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Since discovering Alan Russell, I have been looking for every possible book in the Kindle range of his, and this one was just a sheer delight to read.

His characters are easy going and relaxed, believable and also funny. His style of writing allows the reader to indulge in visions of the scenes that he portrays with such ease. And the story line appears to be totally unbelievable, and yet you are carried on this journey which is both humorous and believable. Each scene unfolds as Russell changes his narrative from character to character, something he does so well. One minute you are inside Am's head (the main character) and then you are in the head of Sharon, his assistant. And the ending is not what you expect! Its yet another twist to a very convoluted story with a surprise on every page. Plus I love the way Russell "discusses" his characters from within their heads. Its a rewarding insight into his characters that you carry with you throughout his novels. Enjoy!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very Entertaining Book! 20 Dec. 2013
By S. Conaghan - Published on
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I like Alan Russell's writing. He has a great sense of humor. The characters in his books are very interesting. I read his most recent book "Saint Nick" a Christmas story and really enjoyed it so I decided to try this book and was not disappointed. Most entertaining!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Humous and exciting 11 Jan. 2014
By Legionary - Published on
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This is a good story from someone who knows the hotel business with all its craziness and confusion. Its a good mystery with several twists and turns and more than a little humor. A very good escape read.
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