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Buried Stuff
St. Martin's, Nov 2004, 23.95, 304 pp. ISBN: 0312314167 One person's garbage is another person's treasure. Just ask Jane Wheel, a picker who goes to real estate sales to buy objects which she expects to resell. She is also a private detective who seems to attract dead bodies like a magnet and finds out who killed them. Both professions provide Jane with the same powerful adrenalin rush although one seems a bit more sedate than the other. He...
Dead Guy's Stuff
Dead Guy's Stuff continues the story of Jane Wheel (Killer Stuff), an antique "picker" who has made a career of going through old stuff and finding treasures to sell to dealers. However, Jane is not that successful yet because she has a hard time letting go of her finds and she has a tendency to buy memories instead of valuable items, such as Elmira's old schoolwork. Needless to say, Jane is ecstatic when she finds a whole room of 1950s saloon epheme...
Killer Stuff
Jane Wheel has had some big changes in her life lately. She had been downsized from her job as an ad executive, kissed her next door neighbor, separated from her husband, found out her father was going in for some medical tests and discovered her next door neighbor's wife dead in her living room. However, Jane keeps herself busy with her new job as a "picker" for an antique dealer. She spends her time scrounging around through moldly basements, dusty att...
The Wrong Stuff
St. Martin's, Nov 2003, 24.95, 320 pp. ISBN: 0312314140 Antiques dealer Jane Wheel uses her home as her warehouse so personal things tend to vanish amidst the forest of items. Her son knows first hand the frustration of simply putting something down and not finding it for seemingly centuries afterward. Jane vows to do better, but she also works in Bruce Oh's private investigative firm, which means even less time to catalogue and clean up the ho...

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