A Reconstructed Corpse

A Reconstructed Corpse

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
While playing the part of missing property developer Martin Earnshaw on "Public Enemies," a true-crime television series, actor-sleuth Charles Paris begins to uncover the shocking truth about the missing man's disappearance

Blackwell North Amer
Simon Brett knows theater. He also knows radio and television drama and situation comedy and quiz shows. And he understands all too well the quirky world of true-crime television, as he so wittily proves in his delectable new Charles Paris mystery, A Reconstructed Corpse.
Actor Charles Paris has always been particularly good at playing corpses. This time out, he's asked to portray missing property developer Martin Earnshaw, who may or may not be a corpse, in the popular true-crime reenactment program "Public Enemies." It's not Charles's acting talent that gets him the job. It's his resemblance to the mysteriously missing Martin.
Martin had told his photogenic wife, Chloe, that he was going out for a drink. He never returned. Was he murdered by someone to whom he owed money? Or did he just choose to disappear? Charles finds himself in a bizarre world somewhere between police procedure and show biz as he's inexorably drawn into the investigation ... especially after severed limbs start turning up.
"Public Enemies" viewers enjoy a macabre jigsaw puzzle of death: it's ghastly, of course, but it does make for good television. As the program's ratings soar, so do the egos behind the scene become ever more inflated.
Charles's relations with both his estranged wife and his lazy agent are at an all-time low, and he too often finds comfort in his favorite Bell's whiskey, but no amount of pressure - or booze - can deter Charles from trying to solve the mystery.
A Reconstructed Corpse is a delightfully funny and hugely appealing addition to this popular crime series from one of the major contemporary mystery-writing talents.

Baker
& Taylor

While playing the part of missing property developer Martin Earnshaw on Public Enemies, a true-crime television series, actor-sleuth Charles Paris begins to uncover the shocking truth about the missing man's disappearance. By the author of Corporate Bodies.

Publisher: New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, c1994
ISBN: 9780684197005
0684197006
Branch Call Number: F BRE
Characteristics: 189 p. ; 24 cm

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