(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

Ross Thomas made the dark side of the worlds of politics, finance, and espionage as familiar to readers as the headlines in their daily newspapers. Crossing the mean, dark streets lined with executive suites and using the eye of a reporter and the tongue of an adder with a malicious sense of humor, he made the reader feel like an eavesdropper in the halls of power, often using the inside political manipulator as hero. As Oliver Bleeck, Thomas invented a new occupation for amateur sleuth Philip St. Ives. As a professional go-between, St. Ives dabbled in crimes ranging from art theft to Cold War double-crosses.