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Walter Satterthwait (1946–2020)

Autor(a) de Escapade

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Obras por Walter Satterthwait

Escapade (1995) 120 exemplares, 4 críticas
Miss Lizzie (1989) 117 exemplares, 6 críticas
At Ease With The Dead (1990) 98 exemplares, 1 crítica
Hanged Man (1993) 93 exemplares
Masquerade (1998) 85 exemplares, 4 críticas
A Flower in the Desert (1992) 80 exemplares
Wall of Glass (1987) 76 exemplares, 1 crítica
Wilde West (1991) 67 exemplares, 2 críticas
Accustomed to the Dark (1996) 62 exemplares, 1 crítica
Perfection (2001) 35 exemplares, 1 crítica
Cavalcade (2005) 32 exemplares, 1 crítica
New York Nocturne: The Return of Miss Lizzie (2016) 25 exemplares, 2 críticas
Dead Horse (2007) 8 exemplares

Associated Works

Crime Through Time II (1998) — Contribuidor — 78 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Sunken Sailor (2004) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares, 2 críticas
Murder Intercontinental (1996) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Distant danger: The 1988 Mystery Writers of America anthology (1988) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Murder Most Delectable: Savory Tales of Culinary Crimes (2000) — Contribuidor — 27 exemplares
Crime After Crime (1998) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories: Sixth Annual Edition (1997) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares, 1 crítica


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Causa da morte
COPD, congestive heart failure
Locais de residência
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
writer of mystery and historical fiction
Dominick Abel



This was a strange book based on wit and an odd portrayal of Oscar Wilde. There were a few parts (of dialogue) that made me laugh, but what I couldn't get past was the portrayal of Wilde as a heterosexual who fell head over heels in love with a beautiful woman on his American lecture tour. I don't know what Wilde knew or felt before he came out when his marriage fell apart. However, for me, he is one of the most famous of homosexuals who paid dearly for it. So it was a great leap for me to read about him lusting after the beautiful Doe. But then, the book is full of twists and turns (of plot and phrase) and surprises. Read it for yourself and find out.… (mais)
dvoratreis | 1 outra crítica | May 22, 2024 |
A few years back, I stumbled across a mystery, Miss Lizzie, in which Satterthwait made Lizzie Borden one half of a detective duo. I loved the story, and I loved Satterthwait's poetic writing style. I went looking for more written by him and came across his first Joshua Croft mystery, Wall of Glass. Since the series is set in Santa Fe and I'd fallen in love with the place after a visit, I read it and knew I'd be back for more. I really enjoy Satterthwait's descriptions of the New Mexican landscape, how he develops his characters, and his stories.

Croft works for (and loves) wheelchair-bound Rita Mondragon, an intelligent, beautiful, and stubborn woman who states, "I'll leave this house when I can walk out of it." Croft feels she's making a mistake, but he's willing to accept Rita on her own terms.

The mystery in At Ease With the Dead (the title taken from a quote by Geronimo) is filled with danger, archaeology, oil prospecting, and humor. It's a "buddy movie" in which Croft often finds himself paired with the elderly Navajo, Daniel Begay. The old man has so many tricks up his sleeve that one day Croft looks at him and asks, "Are you really Batman?" This pairing provides much-needed levity in what could have been a very dark story.

Croft has a smart-alecky wit that I really appreciate. Satterthwait has developed a strong cast of characters, and he certainly knows how to construct a mystery that keeps readers guessing as well as bringing his setting to life. He also has the knack of including sentences that can make you stop and think. "Guilt is sometimes a secret sort of self-esteem" or "If you see the world as an organism, a single entity, which of course it is, then you can't help but see the human race as a kind of virus on its surface, actively engaged in killing off the host."

Story, setting, language, characters, Satterthwait's Joshua Croft is an often thought-provoking mystery series that I will certainly be returning to.
… (mais)
cathyskye | Sep 18, 2021 |
“Cavalcade” is the third and last volume in Walter Satterthwait’s trilogy about Pinkerton agents Phil Beaumont and Jane Turner in 1920s Europe, and once again they meet with genuine historical figures in the course of their investigation. Unfortunately, in this case they have arrived in Germany, where they are looking into a mysterious incident in which an unknown person apparently fired a gun at Hitler. The cast of characters that they meet, both real and fictional, are by and large horrible anti-semites, or else they’re once middle class people (especially women) who are now prostitutes because of the hyper-inflation in Germany since the end of WWI. And while our two are investigating, other unsavory characters are keeping an eye on them, to make sure they don’t get too close to the truth…. Honestly, I enjoyed this book less than the other two in the series, simply because of the ubiquitous presence of Nazis throughout. This is set in the Spring of 1923, so after Hitler started his National Socialist party but before he came into power; the people around him at this stage are largely the people who figured highly in later years, and it all just leaves a rather bitter taste in my mouth. Don’t get me wrong - the story is well-told and the two leads remain likeable, but the subject matter is a very large turn-off. A pity.… (mais)
thefirstalicat | Aug 26, 2020 |
In May 1923, Pinkerton agent Phil Beaumont and his newly-minted colleague Jane Turner are assigned to investigate the death of a man and his mistress in Paris. The police think it was a double suicide, and indeed the dilettante man, Richard Forsythe, was known to have often mused about wanting to commit suicide, and in fact the room in which the deaths occurred was locked at the time. But Beaumont and Turner think there’s something not quite right about that conclusion, and they look to others to find out the truth, including run-ins with Hemingway, Picasso, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, to name just a few….”Masquerade” is the second in the Pinkerton Pair trilogy; I read it some years ago and did not give it a very high rating, but now that I’ve read the first book I understand it more and like it better. Beaumont and Turner are shaping up into a good investigative team, and I’m fairly sure that it’s only a matter of time before they become a couple as well. I’m looking forward to the third and final book in the series!… (mais)
thefirstalicat | 3 outras críticas | Aug 22, 2020 |


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