Paul Engleman

Mark Renzler - Detective in early 1970s - Chicago, Illinois

"Left for Dead"

(Reviewed by Judi Clark AUG 23, 1998)

Left For Dead by Paul Engleman

Now this is interesting twist on a mystery novel.  Engleman takes actual events from the early 70's and weaves a credible sleuth story - but when the story takes place, it is BEFORE the real events. 

Mark Renzler is a 40ish year old detective who is asked to look for the brother of a friend of a friend. Harmony is a young black actress who prior to her acting career was involved in political events in Chicago. Her missing brother is a former Black Panther but more recently involved with a new radical group. He is using an alias to hide from the FBI for a crime that he committed a couple years earlier and now he is afraid for his life. 

Engleman does a very convincing job of staying in the time period with just the right details and attitudes that made me wonder a few times if this hadn't been written in that decade. I was in junior high school when these events took place and I wasn't exactly up on current events, so this book helped educate me on some of the misadventures of the FBI during the late 60s and early 70's. Unfortunately his books are out of print, I found my copy in the bargain section at Barnes and Noble. 

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Paul EnglemanPaul Engleman was born and raised in New Jersey. Dead in Center Field won him the 1984 Shamus Award for Best Paperback Original Novel and the St. Martins/Private Writer of Ameria Best P.I. Paperback Novel.  He currently lives with his family in Chicago. About Us | Subscribe | Review Team | History | ©1998-2014