Thursday, July 2, 2009

Friday Forgotten Books: Trace by Warren Murphy

I found the Trace series via the TV series Murphy's Law which lasted one season and I liked enough to get me to trace (that is the one and only time I will use that pun) down and read all of the books in series. Trace is an insurance investigator who has let's say a contentious relationship with his boss. He's got more than a bit of that Spider Jerusalem, (from Transmetropolitan,) and Irwin F Flecter (Fletch) let's get the job done but annoy the boss while doing it in him. Alas my collection of the Trace series was purged in the great sell of 2002 and I don't have them on hand to refer to right now.


The Trace series rarely was about the mystery, really the going out to investigate was just an excuse to spend time with Trace and his supporting cast. Just as the TV series was short lived, so were the books. I think there was 5 or 6 in all. As we enter the summer season, and with the economy causing more and more cuts in peoples spending if you find yourself in one of those paperback trade in places and run across any of the Trace books you could do a lot worse than to pick them up.
more info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Murphy
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/m/warren-murphy/
http://www.warrenmurphy.com/

5 comments:

pattinase (abbott) said...

A completely new name for me. Sounds good though. A good character trumps a good mystery.

Bill Crider said...

Some funny stuff in these books. And in the Digger books, too.

Matt Hilton said...

I was aware of Warren Murphy through his work on the Remo Williams The Destroyer books (co-authored with Richard Sapir) but the Trace books are new to me. Going to keep my eyes peeled for this series. Thanks for bringing Trace to everyone's attention.

warren murphy said...

hey, thanks for the kind words. actually, i wrote seven trace novels -- and a handful of short stories -- and the seven books won six nat'l awards so i quit while i was ahead.

Iren said...

Mr Murphy: thanks for the additional info and for stopping by.