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Book Nook: The Man in the Crooked Hat, by Harry Dolan

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Harry Dolan returned to the program to talk about his delightfully deceptive new mystery novel "The Man in the Crooked Hat." Dolan is a masterful plotter and this story is brilliantly conceived. Our protagonist is Jack Pellum, a reluctant private investigator and former cop who is obsessed with identifying the person who killed his wife. Pellum suspects that is was a mysterious man who had been spotted in the vicinity. This fellow had been wearing the "crooked hat" of the title.

While the killer's identity is a mystery to Pellum it isn't to us, Dolan's readers. We know that a man named Michael Underhill is probably the man who did it. What we don't know is why he did it, what other bad things he might have done, and how he will ever be brought to justice.

If you love a good mystery that will challenge your mind and entertain you then you'll probably enjoy reading this book. Harry Dolan never disappoints.

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library,  Clark County Public LibraryDayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

 

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Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.