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Watch Me Die: A Novel | [Lee Goldberg]

Watch Me Die: A Novel

Harvey Mapes is a 26-year-old security guard who spends his nights in a guard shack outside a gated community in Southern California, reading detective novels, watching reruns, and waiting for his life to finally start…which happens when Cyril Parkus, one of the wealthy residents, asks Harvey to follow his beautiful wife. The lowly security guard jumps at the opportunity to fulfill his private eye fantasies and use everything he’s learned from Spenser, Magnum, and Mannix. But things don’t exactly go according to the books…or the reruns.
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Harvey Mapes is a 26-year-old security guard who spends his nights in a guard shack outside a gated community in Southern California, reading detective novels, watching reruns, and waiting for his life to finally start…which happens when Cyril Parkus, one of the wealthy residents, asks Harvey to follow his beautiful wife. The lowly security guard jumps at the opportunity to fulfill his private eye fantasies and use everything he’s learned from Spenser, Magnum, and Mannix. But things don’t exactly go according to the books…or the reruns. As Harvey fumbles and stumbles through his first investigation, he discovers that the differences between fiction and reality can be deadly.

©2010 Lee Goldberg (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Lee Goldberg bravely marches into territory already staked out by some fierce competition - Donald Westlake, Lawrence Block, the early Harlan Coben - and comes out virtually unscathed." (The Chicago Tribune)

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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 02-10-14
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2005

    A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...

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    "Security Guard Fantasy"

    First the good news. It's a cheap book with a pretty good mystery. The rest of the story is that this really is a security guard fantasy, and poorly written at that. He has a friend with benefits who happens to be beautiful and loves sex as much as he does. He gets hired to follow a rich guy's beautiful wife. His friend falls in love with him now that he's an amateur P.I. , so he has ravenous sex throughout the book. He solves a very complicated and violent mystery. In the end, he learns becoming a real private detective is too hard so he quits. But he gets the girl!

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    "enjoyable."
    Would you listen to Watch Me Die again? Why?

    no. its a one off story because I would remember what happened.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    he brought Harvey mapes to life and the other characters in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    fast paced and gripping I liked this story of a bored security guard becoming a private eye with the help of detective reruns on t.v. and the many detective novels he was addicted to.

    well written characters and plot. recommended if you want a change from crime series.

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