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Milt Gross Book Review: "The Judge's Wife is Missing" by the late Dale German
By Milton M. Gross
Feb 23, 2014 - 12:05:35 AM

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The Judge's Wife is Missing turned out to be an excellent murder-mystery by a retired apparent engineer. This is his first book. Milt Gross photo.
I was surprised by how good, how intriguing, how skillfully written this fiction book is.

The Judge's Wife is Missing is so well-written I thought the publisher was a "traditional" publisher, that is the publisher pays the writer for the manuscript and publishes it. It turns out that Abbott Press, Bloomington, IN 47403 is a self-publishing press, meaning the writers pays the company to publish his or her book. Abbott Press is also a subsidiary of Writer's Digest, a fairly good magazine for writers that details the how's and what-to-do's of writing.

This is the first self-published book I've read that I think is really good.

The late author, Dale German, worked for the Atomic Energy Commission and Boeing Aircraft before his retirement. He died in 1999. The book was published in 2013.

The book, a tricky mystery about the supposed kidnapping of the wife of a cranky old judge, winds around to her possibly being murdered. It turns out that she is not only alive and well but is herself a murderess. No, she didn't murder the judge, her husband who was unhappy with her as a wife. But the "stuff" she did was to make her husband feel bad.

The lead character is Coop, a retired cop, who is asked to return to work by the judge because of his wife's turning up missing. The tale takes many twists and turns, including a romance between Coop and LuAnn, which becomes permanent. Coop's wife had died awhile earlier.

For discriminating readers, there is no blatant sex in the tale.

The twists and turns of the book, possibly one or two too many, made it seem to be professionally written. I picked it up to glance through it and instead made it my "read" for the week.

Priced at $17.99 for the paperback, which I think is a bit high. prices it at $16.99 and the hardcopy version costs $32.39 at the online company.

Except for the price, I highly recommend The Judge's Wife is Missing as a good mystery for the armchair sleuthers.

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