“The Amazing Harvey” by Don Passman (St. Martin's Press, 326 pages, in stores)
Harvey is a 29-year-old man trying to make it to the big time as a magician. He substitute teaches between magic gigs. He’s invented a new magic trick that David Copperfield is trying to buy from him. He's a great character who sees humor in almost everything.
Suddenly he’s a murder suspect. His DNA had been found in sperm inside a dead girl’s body. He’s never met the girl. He can’t afford an expensive lawyer, so he looks up an old friend from school. She agrees to represent him and lets him work in her office to help pay her fee.
Things go from bad to worse when the owner of the motel where the woman died says he’s seen Harvey before. Finally Harvey is arrested for murder. His mother makes his bail, and it seems to be up to Harvey to exonerate himself.
From his experience in illusion, Harvey sees things that are often overlooked by everyone else. How could his DNA be at a murder scene, when he knew he had nothing to do with it. Being the “Amazing Harvey,” he eventually figures it out.
Don Passman has a lifelong interest in magic. He is one of the top attorneys in the country. He has written “All You Need to Know About the Music Business” and two other novels, “The Visionary” and “Mirage.”
Betty Lytle, for The Oklahoman