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A Corpse by Any Other Name: A Stokes Moran Mystery Hardcover – 23 Mar 1998

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  • Hardcover: 203 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall & IBD (23 Mar. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684197626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684197623
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.1 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Preparing for fatherhood, Kyle Malachi kills off his tiresome alter-ego, fictional mystery critic Stokes Moran, only to find himself a suspect in the murder of Stokes, a man who never existed but is suddenly a dead body in New York City.

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A real-life, mystery critic/sleuth "kills off" his famous fictional alter ego in this unique murder-without-a-suspect mystery -- the fourth and final book in the captivating, highly acclaimed Stokes Moran series.

As Kyle Malachi prepares for impending fatherhood, his growing alienation from his pseudonymous alter ego, the nationally syndicated mystery critic Stokes Moran, leads him to a rash act -- doing away with Stokes with a fake obituary.

But two days after the notice of Stokes "death" appears in The New York Times, Kyle's wife Lee gets a call from the Manhattan police requesting that she identify Stokes Moran's remains. As Kyle struggles to understand how a man who never existed can leave behind a flesh-and-bones corpse, he soon realizes that he is the police's only suspect. If he wants to stay out of prison for a crime he didn't commit, he had better learn the true name of the victim -- a name other than Stokes Moran. Any other name.

Hailed by Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine as "a character who is going to have readers clamoring for more," Stokes Moran is an innovative and memorable sleuth readers have grown to love. A delicious mix of mayhem and witty takeoffs on famous whodunits, this latest tale is a light-hearted, cleverly intricate mystery that showcases its author's "almost encyclopedic knowledge of the murder mystery genre" -- Nevada Barr.

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By A Customer on 14 Jan. 1998
Format: Hardcover
Kyle Marchi is a household name since he is the heir to Holcomb billions. Kyle is also well known under the pseudonym of Stokes Moran, mystery reviewer and syndicated columnist. As a struggling writer, Kyle refuses to use either his real name or pseudonym to get his manuscript published. He has been rejected six times so far.
Disregarding his feelings, his agent-spouse submits the manuscript under the Moran name and it is immediately accepted. An angry Kyle reacts by calling the Times to announce that Moran died. The paper calls Moran's agent to verify the statement and his spouse reluctantly confirms the report. However, Kyle becomes the prime suspect when a murder victim bearing the identity of Moran is found on the lower West Side of Manhattan. Not trusting the police to dig deep enough when they have an easy target, Kyle investigates the case.
A CORPSE BY ANY OTHER NAME is fourth and apparently the final entry in the Moran series as writer Neil McGaughey plans to start a new series set in Natchez-Under-The-Hill. Readers will mourn the end of this wonderful collection of satirical melodramas because it is a delightful, humorous, and lively set of novels. This particular book pays homage to the great mystery writers of the past as well as the New York City book scene. Fans of mystery novels need to say their good-byes to a special amateur detective.
Harriet Klausner
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By A Customer on 11 Feb. 1998
Format: Hardcover
You'll be glad you read this--and now we wait for what McGaughey will come out with next.
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HASH(0x93392e58) out of 5 stars Terrific, a real mindbender 14 Jan. 1998
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Format: Hardcover
Kyle Marchi is a household name since he is the heir to Holcomb billions. Kyle is also well known under the pseudonym of Stokes Moran, mystery reviewer and syndicated columnist. As a struggling writer, Kyle refuses to use either his real name or pseudonym to get his manuscript published. He has been rejected six times so far.
Disregarding his feelings, his agent-spouse submits the manuscript under the Moran name and it is immediately accepted. An angry Kyle reacts by calling the Times to announce that Moran died. The paper calls Moran's agent to verify the statement and his spouse reluctantly confirms the report. However, Kyle becomes the prime suspect when a murder victim bearing the identity of Moran is found on the lower West Side of Manhattan. Not trusting the police to dig deep enough when they have an easy target, Kyle investigates the case.
A CORPSE BY ANY OTHER NAME is fourth and apparently the final entry in the Moran series as writer Neil McGaughey plans to start a new series set in Natchez-Under-The-Hill. Readers will mourn the end of this wonderful collection of satirical melodramas because it is a delightful, humorous, and lively set of novels. This particular book pays homage to the great mystery writers of the past as well as the New York City book scene. Fans of mystery novels need to say their good-byes to a special amateur detective.
Harriet Klausner
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You'll be glad you read this--and now we wait for what McGaughey will come out with next.
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