David Schulman
The Past Is Never Dead: A Gritz Goldberg Mystery
by David Schulman
The Past is Never Dead
Book Description
Gritz Goldberg's life is a mess. He is a middle-aged psychiatrist with an obsessive-compulsive disorder and a foot fetish. He's living in his hometown of Asheville, North Carolina, where he was raised in the Jewish community, yet grew to love barbecue and fried pork rinds. And whenever one of his patients answers his questions with anger and mistruths, Gritz swears he can smell Zelda Fitzgerald's personal perfume-so what if Gritz's office was the same one used by Zelda's therapist years ago; Zelda has been dead for decades.

Just as Gritz begins to question his existence, he is called to the Battery Park Hotel to convince a possible suicide not to jump off the roof. He discovers that the suicide threat is merely a misunderstanding. The man involved is T Royal, who once worked for Gritz's family and "carried Gritz and his brother round town" for years until he suddenly disappeared.
David Schulman
Book Details
Price: $22.95
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: John F Blair    
Pub; (June 2004)
ISBN: 0895872900
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It turns out that T has returned to right the wrongful conviction and execution of Mordecai Moore for the murder of a New York co-ed in the Battery Park in 1939.

As he investigates, Gritz uncovers dirty secrets that involve prominent people-people involved in a plot to assassinate President Franklin Roosevelt and aid the Nazi movement in Germany in the 1930s. As his search for the truth proceeds, Gritz is framed for the murder of an elderly woman who is living at the Happy Valley Assisted Living Home. Then his quest expands into proving his own innocence as well as Mordecai Moore's.
*Photograph by Nate Schulman