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Fun type mystery in '60's San Francisco,
This review is from: Blue Moon (Hardcover)
Ah yes, this is full of nostalgia, maybe almost but not quite to the point of irritation.
Philip Damon, bearing a strong resemblance to band leader/co-author Peter Duchin, plays amateur detective when a man accompanying a woman who is remarkably similar in appearance to Damon's murdered wife is himself murdered. Hobnobbing with practically every celebrity who was prominent in 1963, he investigates the murder much to the consternation of black San Francisco Police Inspector Hercules Platt who is having his own problem convincing his superiors and those he deals with that he is a very capable inspector.
This is a light-hearted portrayal of the early '60's alluding to the social changes going on at the time including racial issues, growing drug use, rock & roll replacing swing era music, and acceptance of gays, as well as providing us with an old-fashioned type of mystery featuring the amateur sleuth. And of course there is the description of San Francisco in the early '60's as the beatnik culture was getting ready to give way to the flower children culture.