HUNTING FOR HEMINGWAY — “Judge This Book by Its Cover”December 8, 2010
Hunting for Hemingway
$14.95, 278 pages
Love the title, the cover design, a Chicago summer setting, the basic plot idea and a climax that really delivers. The problem with many books that involve literati (even tangentially) is that we wish we were reading the masters instead of the rip-off. But that’s not the case here as a rather promiscuous insurance DD McGil is hot on the trail of the famous missing suitcase of Hemingway original drafts that the writer’s first wife lost on a train to Switzerland.
Oh, there’s a requisite sample of Papa’s missing pieces, but it’s the reality of the Chicago backdrop presented by a Chicagoan that gives the book its credibility. And we do discover some well-researched gossip about the former Oak Park resident. But then the naïve detective becomes the hunted and— despite a few too many characters and sub-plots—it all comes to a head at the end, which like the summer storm is always a promise away. As Ernest Hemingway said, “All things truly wicked start from innocence.” A good read, and surprise, there are more literati mysteries on the way.
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