One of the best of the hard-boiled detectives, and one of the most neglected, is the fast-living lawyer Scott Jordan. Jordan is the creation of Harold Q. Masur, himself a practicing lawyer, born-and-educated in New York City, who now presents his cases as fiction. The first novel in the series is Bury Me Deep, a great title that definitely sets the mood. It's a fast-moving murder mystery that begins when Jordan comes home early to find a beautiful but unknown blonde half-dressed and very drunk in his apartment. From then on things get ever more complicated, as murder and intrigue rear their twin heads with Jordan stuck in the middle, trying to solve the crime and clear himself of a murder charge.
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While not as famous as his contemporaries (Chandler, Hammett, Gardner), Mazur was noted in his time for his hard-boiled fiction. Scott Jordan is a lawyer who does his own detective work, especially when an unidentified blonde shows up, first unidentified in his apartment, then dead in the taxi he put her in. A decent story filled with highly descriptive prose, yet somehow mediocre.
The narrator is not a good fit for this kind of novel. His voice is too pleasant, and delivery too bland and relatively emotionless. I feel that he would be well suited to Charles River Editors or University press.
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