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  • ISBN: 076535022X
  • Author: Stuart M. Kaminsky
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Forge Books; Reprint edition (February 6, 2007)
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By stuart M. kaminsky.

Lew Fonesca is a man who does things for people. He makes small problems go away and tries to keep the larger ones from landing his clients in jail

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Denial: A Lew Fonesca Mystery. Author Stuart M.

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Denial: A Lew Fonesca Mystery Mass Market Paperback – February 6, 2007. Denial' is my first read of Stuart Kaminsky, and this 'quirky' book and the authors quick wit were totally refreshing.

Stuart M. Kaminsky (September 29, 1934 – October 9, 2009) was an American mystery writer and film professor. First Stuart Kaminsky book I ever read, except for his non-fiction book on mystery writers.

Lew Fonesca is a man who does things for people. He makes small problems go away and tries to keep the larger ones from landing his clients in jail. He finds deadbeats, errant spouses, and generally keeps the populace of Sarasota on the up and up.

Now Lew is faced with one case that will try his patience...and another that may break his heart.

The first involves an elderly woman who swears she's witnessed a murder in her old age home despite the fact that everyone she tells her story to: her family, the hospital staff, and finally the cops all tell her that it just couldn't have happened.

The other has Lew trying to find out the identity of a hit and run driver who killed a 14 year old boy. This task dredges up old memories and a lot of pain, for Lew fled Chicago years ago, after a drunk driver killed his beloved wife.

As Lew begins to dig deeper into both cases he finds that they are tied together in ways he can't hope to untangle.

And when someone tries to run him down, Lew knows that he's getting close to some nasty home truths and he is going to have get the answers if he is to survive.

Comments: (7)
Really enjoying this series of books that takes the reader all over Sarasota/Manatee county to meet characters worthy of being on the USA channel (logo: Characters Welcome). Some humor, some mystery and some death - but not too grisly or scary. Just highly entertaining.
Mr. Kaminsky creates yet another character that many will relate to while being completely absorbed by the story. No super men hear. No ultra suave main character beding every damsel in distress. Just an average guy with some bagage trying to get by. We find ourself wishing life would get better for Lew. That is a reflection of how Kaminsky makes his characters come alive.
'Denial' is my first read of Stuart Kaminsky, and this 'quirky' book and
the authors quick wit were totally refreshing. His characters are unique
and enticing. Surely I will be reading more of the Lew Fonseca mysteries
as well as the other offerings of his mystery genre.
I thoroughly enjoy the character of Lew Fonesca, especially his relationship with his counsel or as well as the other partners in crime.
I really like the main characters.
Denial A Lew Fonesca Novel
by Stuart M. Kaminsky
Book Review by Jay Gilbertson

Sometimes a good book is a lot like a delicious treat, you have a bite and before you know what happened--poof--you're reading the last sentence.

"Denial" is just such a story, short on fancy details, no clever writing technique to get in the way of a good old-fashioned mystery. This is the kind of novel you can zip through in an afternoon and by the end, have the satisfaction of knowing that this particular series goes on, and on. "Denial" is the fourth in the Lew Fonesca series, but I liked the fact that I didn't have to have read the first three in order to know what was going on--I hit the first page and was hooked!

Meet Lew Fonsesca, (every new character Lew encounters mispronounces his last name, what is Kaminsky trying to tell us?) a two-dimensional hero/mystery-solver who lives in the back of a sordid, two-story office building in downtown Sarasota, Florida. Lew lost his beloved wife to an unsolved hit-and-run accident a few years back and was trying his best to hide from what was left of his life. Right--yet at every turn--there's not a person he meets he's not on a first name basis with. He makes a meager living as a process server, but his real talent is in solving the various murder mysteries that literally walk in his office door.

Kaminsky has created a Columbo-like character in that Lew more or less stumbles into, through and then out of several delectably devious murders--one of which happens to be a hit-and-run. This, in a rather obvious plot-trick-hook `modus operandi' moves Lew into the mind-set that he too must now, after years of mourning, find his deceased wife's killer. This, of course, will allow Lew to move forward in life and even, God forbid, find a new love. This kind of hook-planting stuff can drive a reader crazy, but Kaminsky does it with careful a-plumb.

Can we say, "I wonder what the next book will be about?" Hmmm, find the wife's killer, put him/her in the slammer and open an honest to goodness detective agency? There's gotta be a movie in there somewhere.

A favorite character who lends some psychoanalytical mind fixing into the depressed `Life-of-Lew' is eighty-year-old retired psychiatrist Ann Horowitz. She either calls his cell-phone, leaving brilliantly worded messages full of wisdom or raps on his office door bearing just the right bit of mind-magic as well as a hot cup of brew. Her `reality check' in the form of excellently delivered dialog is alone worth the read. I think we could all use a hit of Horowitz's mind-fixing now and again.
The snappy writing rhythm and surprisingly bleak dialog was pitch-perfect. It created a haunting, lonely quality that surrounds Lew like a gray cloud, drawing the reader into this carefully crafted world and yet managed to keep me wondering what could possibly happen next? The endless coincidences and clichés galore all flowed together into a fast-paced read just right for our long winters and padded with enough loose story lines for Kaminsky to write a pile more.

I say, "Write on!"
Reclusive Lew Fonesca needs closure, but he is in "Denial," which is the name of Stuart Kaminsky's new murder mystery. Lew was devastated when, four years earlier, his beloved wife Catherine was run down and killed by a hit and run driver who was never apprehended. Overcome with grief, Lew abruptly left Chicago and moved to a dumpy apartment in Sarasota, Florida. He now ekes out a bare bones living as a process server, subsists on fast food, showers in the Y, and watches old movies on video.

Like Greta Garbo, Lew claims to want to be left alone, yet somehow he has accumulated a host of friends and acquaintances who care about him. These include eighty-year-old Ann Horowitz, Lew's therapist, Sally, a caseworker with whom he has kept company for three years, and seventy-four year old Ames McKinney, a gun-toting six-foot-four enforcer who gives Fonseca much needed muscle when he inevitably gets into trouble.

Lew was an investigator in Chicago, and he hasn't lost his touch. In "Denial," he takes on two new clients. One is an elderly woman named Dorothy Cgnozic, who swears that she witnessed a murder in Seaside Assisted Living, a facility for senior citizens. The Seaside staff scornfully dismisses Dorothy's allegations, so she hires Lew to prove that "she is not a demented old woman." Lew's other client is Nancy Root, a divorced actress whose fourteen-year-old son, Kyle, was killed by a hit-and-run driver. Lew takes on the second case reluctantly, because it reminds him too much of the tragedy that robbed him of his wife. When Lew looks into Nancy's eyes, he sees a heartrending grief that mirrors his own.

Kaminsky has a laid back, dryly humorous, bare bones style of writing. Lew is a deliciously sarcastic narrator. When Fonesca shakes hands with a strong and formidable woman, he states, "She had a grip that could crack walnuts." The cast of characters includes the quirkiest bunch of individuals that you are likely to meet in any murder mystery. There is even an alligator named Jerry Lee, who is the unofficial mascot of one of the residents in the Seaside Assisted Living facility.

"Denial" is more whimsical than realistic. The two murder mysteries in the book are not exactly classic whodunits, nor are the solutions to the crimes particularly logical. However, the plot is engrossing enough, and Lew proves to be a dogged and skilled investigator. The novel is most noteworthy, however, not for the mystery elements, but for the insightful way that Kaminsky portrays the walking wounded. The criminals in this book are ordinary individuals who are hurting, so they lash out at others, making self-destructive choices that ultimately lead to their downfall. In Lew's case, however, there is hope. With the help of his wise therapist, Lew has begun to take his first tentative steps towards escaping the prison that he has so laboriously built around himself. "Denial" is a poignant novel that will entertain Lew Fonesca fans and may even gain some new readers for the talented Stuart Kaminsky.
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