By: James Siegel
(Paperback / 320 Pages / Warner Books / ISBN: 0446678708 / $12.95)
Description:Retired P.I.William Riskin spends his golden years sweeping out a Queens Offtrack Betting Office and waiting to die when he spots the newspaper obituary of his old partner, Jean Goldblum, a hardened concentration camp survivor and war hero. Although he has mixed feelings about Jean, who brutally exposed his wife's infidelity and destroyed his marriage, William pays his respects at the funeral and learns that Jean was working on the most important case of his life at the time of his death.
Verdict: William Riskin is an old fogey - full of memories, self-mockery & self-pity until he pays his respects at a funeral home & stumbles upon the deadly case his old-time partner was working on.
This partner was from another time of Paris, France in the pre-WWII years. He has a history veiled & dark that only one other person in all of America knows & William is about to meet that person & discover who this partner really was.
'Epitaph' is not just a good thriller - it is a work of fast, funny, furious deception as the hero walks the slower pace of the aged & infirm even as his mind races a mile a minute!
With a tantalizing view of life from the rocking chair of retirement, James Siegel weaves a horrid, humorous & taut tale of desperate times feeding desperate hungers.
William Riskin is a grandfather with whom I enjoyed keeping company!
Reviewed By James Dudley