In The Bughouse Affair, former Pinkerton operative Sabina Carpenter and her detective partner, ex-Secret Service agent John Quincannon, undertake what initially appear to be two unrelated investigations. Sabina's case involves the hunt for a ruthless lady "dip" who uses fiendish means to relieve her victims of their valuables at Chutes Amusement Park and other crowded places. Quincannon, meanwhile, is after a slippery housebreaker who targets the homes of wealthy residents, following a trail that leads him from the infamous Barbary Coast to an oyster pirate's lair to a Tenderloin parlor house known as the Fiddle Dee Dee. The two cases eventually connect in surprising fashion, but not before two murders and assorted other felonies complicate matters even further. And not before the two sleuths are hindered, assisted, and exasperated by the infamous Sherlock Holmes.
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by Marcia Muller, Bill Pronzini
by Bill Pronzini
"John Quincannon and Sabina Carpenter, owners of a San Francisco detective agency at the turn of the twentieth century, take on two seemingly unconnected cases. As the plot progresses, the cases become inextricably linked. THE BUGHOUSE AFFAIR also features an appearance by Sherlock Holmes, which adds an interesting twist to the story. Nick Sullivan and Meredith Mitchell share the narration of the book. The dual reading introduces a distraction into the performance as it makes following characters difficult with both narrators giving voice to each of the main characters in their own style. While both narrators are accomplished and a pleasure to listen to independently, they appeared mismatched in this performance. K.J.P. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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