Blackmail (Stanley Hastings Series #9)

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Against his better judgement, private detective Stanley Hastings agreed to act as a go-between, between Marlena and whoever was blackmailing her. But what started out as simple extortion was turning into a case of multiple murders and mysterious motives.
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Against his better judgement, private detective Stanley Hastings agreed to act as a go-between, between Marlena and whoever was blackmailing her. But what started out as simple extortion was turning into a case of multiple murders and mysterious motives.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The eight previous titles in Hall's entertaining series about the low-rent sleuthing shenanigans of New York actor/PI Stanley Hastings have steadily broadened Hall's readership. The latest, while no disappointment, isn't likely to propel Hall into the crime fiction big leagues. Seen last treading the boards gingerly in Actor , and before that as a PI chasing cases for liability lawyer Richard Rosenberg, here Hastings is hired on his own. A pretty woman wants him to retrieve some photos with which she is being blackmailed by someone named Barry. Stanley gets the prints, which are high-quality porno shots that don't feature the woman. Before he gets a chance to ask her why she doesn't want the negatives, he finds her dead body. When he finds another, two cops, one smart and one dumb, get on his case. Both victims were actors working a weird sting that makes little sense to anyone; even Hastings's deductions and the smart cop's explanation will challenge the clever reader. Although the characterization here is sharp, the pace brisk and the dialogue snappy, the ornate complexities of the plot detract from the overall impact. (Mar.)
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When Stanley Hastings, a Manhattan private investigator, agrees to act as deliveryman for a young woman's blackmail payment, he chances upon a dead body. In order to avoid a murder charge, he hastens to locate the real killer.
Wes Lukowsky
New York private eye Stanley Hastings earns the lion's share of his income taking statements in personal-injury suits. Despite misgivings, he takes on a blackmail case. Actually, it starts out as more of a messenger job, since his client, Marlena, just wants him to deliver a package of money to a man who has some pictures. Well, one thing leads to another, and Marlena turns up dead, prompting an NYPD cop to finger Stanley for either withholding information or the murder itself. Soon there's another dead woman and a link to a former porno star married to a cop. With the help of his wife, Alice, Hastings cautiously plods on toward the killer. This ninth entry in the series offers an intelligent, unusual spin on the tough-guy detective, and the dialogue is the best this side of George V. Higgins.
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