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Herbert Resnicow (1920-1997) was a civil engineer, earning his degree at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, who made a drastic career move at the age of 60 – when his first detective novel, The Gold Solution (1983), landed him a nomination for an Edgar statuette in the category Best First Novel. Resnicow was unable to secure the coveted prize, but the tone was set and he wrote a score of classically-styled whodunits in the succeeding decade, featuring the wise-cracking behemoths Alexander and Norma Gold or the entrepreneur Ed Bear and his philosopher son Warren, as well as outsourcing his talent to abet Edward I. Koch and Pelé with their literary aspirations.

In spite of these accolades, Herbert Resnicow has evanesced from popular view and virtually nothing is known about his life – at least not online. Nearly every scrap of personal information I have on him was culled from his obituary, which also mentioned that he served overseas with the Army Corps of Engineers during WWII and left behind a wife, four children and four grandchildren, but a synopsis or review of one his detective stories were even harder to find before I took up his cause. This makes me feel at times as if I’m the only who cares and appreciates this neglected, modern-day practitioner of the locked room mystery who did his part in continuing a fine old tradition that is worth preserving.

Source: Patrick at Moonlight Detective 

Thanks for resurrecting this great locked room author!

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Herbert Resnicow Locked Room Novels


Gold SolutionThe Gold Solution (1983) 
Detectives: Alexander & Norma Gold

 

Best Review

****

Available only in paperback and hardcover editions.

Book  Amazon.ca

Note: Death of an architect!

First of a series introducing the Golds: engineering-consultant Alexander, who is recovering from a heart attack; and his also brilliant wife Norma. Their first case involves a young Orthodox-Jewish draftsman Jonathan Candell, who is accused of fatally stabbing his architect-boss Roger Talbott, a very odd genius, in his high security home office. 


gold deadlineThe Gold Deadline (1984)
Detectives: Alexander & Norma Gold

 

Best Review

****

Available only in paperback and hardcover editions.

Book  Amazon.ca

Note: Murder at The Ballet

A second puzzle for genius problem solvers Alexander and Norma Gold of New York City. The murder victim this time is ballet impresario Viktor Buguslav, a sadistic egomaniac who’s stabbed to death in a locked opera box during his company’s gala performance.


gold frameThe Gold Frame (1984)
Detectives: Alexander & Norma Gold

 

Best Review

****

Available only in paperback and hardcover editions.

Book  Amazon.ca

Note: Death while eating a champagne and oysters lunch! 

The third case for genius Alexander Gold and his giant narrator-wife Norma. They are hired by old D. P. Belmont, a patron of the Fine Arts Museum of New York, who wants Alexander to determine whether a newly discovered Vermeer is a forgery.  However,  just as the Vermeer problem is being investigated, the Museum’s much detested director, Orville Pembrooke, is stabbed with an oyster knife while eating his usual champagne and oysters lunch! 


Gold CurseThe Gold Curse (1986)
Detectives: Alexander & Norma Gold

 

Best Review

****

Available only in paperback and hardcover editions.

Book  Amazon.ca

Note: Death & Rigoletto

Detecting geniuses Alexander and Norma Gold witness the real, fatal stabbing of coloratura Thea Malabar in her role as Gilda in Rigoletto, at the opera’s climax. The victim’s lover, billionaire Minos Zacharias, offers to pay the Golds an enormous fee for investigating, but they must advise the tycoon that he is among the suspects.


dead roomThe Dead Room (1987)
Detectives: Ed & Warren Baer

 

Best Review

****

Available only in paperback and hardcover editions.

Book  Amazon.ca

Note: A Speaker of Death?

Ed Baer, and his smart, quiet philosophical son, Warren. are faced with a locked-room puzzle when seedy, 70-ish inventor Walter Kassel is found stabbed to death in the echoless testing chamber at Hamilcar Hi-Fi, one of Ed’s major investments. Kassel’s new speaker, about to be patented and promised to Hamilcar, was to save the company, which is at death’s door after the catastrophic production of a cheap, non-selling speaker the previous year.


gold gambleThe Gold Gamble (1988) 
Detectives: Alexander & Norma Gold

 

Best Review

****

Available only in paperback and hardcover editions.

Book  Amazon.ca

Note: Murder on Broadway!

New York’s brainy Norma and Alexander Gold are now involved with a new Broadway stage production of Guys and Dolls. Norma and Alexander are the backers, with friends Pearl and Burton Hanslik, and producer Maxwell Sapphire, who has had a tempestuous career.  As the show nears opening night, Lisa, Sapphire’s mistress, is found dead in her dressing room, in a fancy version of a locked-door puzzle, with leading lady Carol Sands the only possible murderer. 


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