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by Max Allan Collins

Mallory is outraged when a senior citizen is killed and her house ransacked, and discovers an ever-widening criminal ring as he investigates the crime
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ISBN: 0802754759
ISBN13: 978-0802754752
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Max Allan Collins
Language: English
Publisher: Walker & Co; First Edition edition (December 1, 1982)
Pages: 160 pages
ePUB size: 1609 kb
FB2 size: 1470 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 796
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Many reviewers do not seem to get that Max Allan Collins is a very versatile writer. He can write light to heavy. A fun low key spoof can be as well written as a deep historical novel. Mallory is a anti-hero, everyday guy who has bad timing. Very likeable character who I enjoy when I need something simple and fun. I enjoy his Heller novels and the murder history series much more. His Reeder and Rogers are almost as good.
Okay, the title "The Baby Blue Rip-Off" sounds like a rip-off of John D. McDonald, and hero Mallory has certain traits in common with Travis McGee, even though he lacks a sidekick or a boat—or for that matter a first name. Indeed, he lives well inland, in Iowa, and is a former reporter, cop, construction worker, and hippie working desultorily on a novel. He’s also a Vietnam vet, which doesn’t quite jibe with the hippie part, but that’s Mallory for you. The story is set sometime in the late ‘70s.
When he’s not working on his whodunit, Mallory volunteers to deliver hot meals to elderly shut-ins, most of whom he becomes fond of, so that when one is killed in an apparent robbery gone wrong, he’s determined to find whodunit for real. Not that the local cops welcome his assistance, but he can’t help it. Besides, he got beat up himself when he inadvertently brought his Styrofoam-covered hot meal to the victim’s house at the wrong moment.
Mallory is distracted from his quest when he runs into the girl of his high school dreams—she of the baby blues—who asks him to protect her against her abusive husband. What’s a knight errant to do—even without a boat?
Fast-moving, often funny, and definitely readable, on the page or the screen.
Being an "old person," I chuckled at the descriptions of impatience with the "old." I have to admit I too have been behind the occasional car driven by a grey head that's barely visible, going 20 m.p.h. below the speed limit. In my youth, I also found myself being nice to a couple of "old" neighbors out of courtesy and discovered some dear life-long friends in the process.

The book was humorous, engaging, and a good mystery plot all the way to the end. I have to admit, the title of the book threw me off the track, even though it is a clue in itself.
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Disappointing compared to other Max Allan Collins novels. Aimed at an audience for whom high school was the high point of their young lives and educational experience, this is a superficial pulp fiction page-turner. While the story has some merit, the context in which it is told makes it largely uninteresting.
As a lifelong resident of "Port City", I could follow the action all thru the city. This story takes place in the authors home town where I also live. Well done Mr. Collins. I really enjoyed this and Ill be reading more of your work.
Too much fluff in the descriptions. Very slow start to the book. Action was good . The plot was simple and predictable.
At first I didn't think I'd like the book because of the style of speaking -- that lower class private eye type but the story caught me up and the more I read I couldn't stop. Very enjoyable. And I really appreciated that there were no explicit details in the sex. Not a prude but I just don't like to feel like a voyeur!
This was at first a different kind of book that was hard to follow. But after a few chapters I found that I couldn't put it down. Soon I was hooked and had to read more... Now I am pretty sure that I would like to know what else this author has written so I can read it too!!!