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The Bright Silver Star: A Berger and Mitry Mystery    by David Handler order for
Bright Silver Star
by David Handler
Order:  USA  Can
Minotaur, 2003 (2003)
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Dorset, on the Connecticut gold coast, is the scene of the death of a young hunk actor, husband and womanizer. Suicide? Accident? Murder? Take your pick; it could be any one of the three. New York film critic Mitch Berger and the present love of his life, Resident State Trooper Desiree Mitry, take on the task of uncovering the mystery behind the death of Tito Molino.

Though the pleasant tourist village of Dorset is calm on the surface, its year-round residents hide their personal flaws behind cheerful facades while courting the tourist dollar. The characters of The Bright Silver Star are the most blatantly maladjusted personages to ever gather together in one place. They see life in habitual ways regardless of facts proving them wrong. The scary part is that I could recognize a lot of their traits in my own acquaintances, and wonder if I harbor them myself.

This is an interesting third book in the Berger and Mitry series. It was a trifle slow at points and the vernacular was a little tough to take. I imagine it was done to make the African-American Desiree more real. My black friends don't talk like that, but maybe it's a concession to my whiteness. Nonetheless, this is a book worth reading for its entertainment value. David Handler, let's see another in this series.

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