A MAN’S PARTNER” description
Detective Jericho’s former partner, Mickey “Mouse’” Davis, with whom he worked in NYPD Homicide, is found dead in his car —killed by a single gunshot fired into his mouth. A handwritten suicide note is discovered beside him. NYPD declares Mouse’s death a suicide, but Jericho has his doubts. He takes time off from his East Hampton Police Department work and goes into the city to investigate. The New York cops tell Jericho to stay out of it, so Jericho must try to solve this case on his own.
As Sam Spade says in The Maltese Falcon “When a man’s partner is killed, he’s supposed to do something about it.”
A MAN’S PARTNER
Book Life Prize review:
Plot: A straightforward crime novel, this short work easily hooks readers. An eventful plot maintains tension, with events clearly conveyed and interconnected.
Prose: Marks shows a strong command of language and a clear narrative style.
Originality: While firmly rooted within the detective genre, Marks’s novel offers an original premise, distinctive characters, and a memorable atmosphere.
Character Development: Marks generally creates convincing characters with a level of psychological complexity appropriate to the story.
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Walter Marks’ most recent theatre project, “Langston in Harlem” had a sold out, critically acclaimed run off-Broadway at Urban Stages Theater, and won four 2010 Audelco Awards for Excellence in Black Theater including Best Musical. The show is a musical theater piece based on the life and poetry of Langston Hughes, in which Mr. Marks set the Hughes poems to music, and co-wrote the libretto.
His best known his song “I’ve Gotta be Me”, recorded by Sammy Davis, Michael Jackson, Tony Bennett, and many others. He has also written songs recorded by Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, The Temptations, Della Reese, Liza Minelli, Little Anthony and the Imperials, and other artists.
He wrote the songs for the Broadway musicals “Bajour” and “Golden Rainbow”, the book, music and lyrics for the off-Broadway musical “Body Shop”, the screenplay and songs for the motion picture “The Wild Party” (Merchant-Ivory Films – directed by James Ivory). He also wrote the off-Broadway comedy-mystery “The Butler Did It”.
He has also written the songs and script for “Jack Johnson at Hubert’s Dime Museum and Flea Circus”, a show inspired by the life of the first black heavyweight champion of the world.
On television, he won an Emmy award for his music on the PBS Series “Getting `On”, and wrote songs for the ABC series “That’s Life”, and the NBC Hallmark Hall of Fame production of “Pinocchio”.
Walter Marks’ first novel ¬— “Dangerous Behavior”, a psychological thriller, was published in hardcover by Carroll & Graf His second novel “Death Hampton”, introduces Detective Jericho. The series continues with” The Battle of Jericho”, “The Hated”, “A Man’s Partner”, and “Amazing Detective.” “Tumbling Down” is now published Fall 2018.