Detective (Stanley Hastings Series #1)

Detective (Stanley Hastings Series #1)

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by Parnell Hall
     
 

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Poor Stanley Hastings! All his detective pursuits end in failure. So when Martin Albrecht comes to him with a case for a real detective, Stanley turns him away. Unfortunately, Stanley's accursed path leads to his finding Albrecht dead. Now that he's been challenged and has to take the case; maybe Stanley will finally prove that he's a real detective. To solve this…  See more details below

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Poor Stanley Hastings! All his detective pursuits end in failure. So when Martin Albrecht comes to him with a case for a real detective, Stanley turns him away. Unfortunately, Stanley's accursed path leads to his finding Albrecht dead. Now that he's been challenged and has to take the case; maybe Stanley will finally prove that he's a real detective. To solve this case Stanley must descend into the modern-day inferno of drugs and mob operations. Will he come out of it alive.?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When Martin Albrect stumbles into his detective agency, babbling that he's about to be murdered, Stanley Hastings is incredulousuntil he reads the next day that Albrect has been brutally shot. Albrect has left behind a series of clues, and Hastings feels honor-bound to take the case. He soon deduces that Albrect was a drug runner who double-crossed some members of a cocaine-trafficking ring. Hastings's investigations lead him to New York's Lower East Side, Miami and East Hampton. It's almost an academic exercise for Hastings, until he discovers the killers are on his track. Hastings is a novel addition to the detective genrea down-on-his-luck writer, short-tempered and opinionated, who moonlights as a detective (as does the author) and who has more brains than brawn. There are some obvious flaws to this bookHastings sometimes indulges in diatribes that have disturbing racial overtonesbut on the whole, Hall's good ear for gritty dialogue and his ability to evoke New York's neighborhoods and people make an entertaining mystery. (June 10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759219021
Publisher:
EReads
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Series:
Stanley Hastings Series, #1
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

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Detective 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever! You have to read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much strong foul language. Shawnee
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun mystery with interesting characters.
faithworks64 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this, it was slow to start but when it got going it was non stop. I like it and am looking forward to reading others in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another guy who hates his wife and lies his way through life. He can't find himself. Dull dullard and a story someone ekse could have written better. Waste of time and space.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was listed under humorous mysteries. It wasn't humorous, it was too long and slow moving. The end was the only interesting part.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The protagonist of this book is just as insecure as the rest of us, yet some how manages to out smart all the bad guys. Never once does anyone shoot at him or even hit him. The problems are all solved, the package is all tidy, and our hero is home in time to play ball with his son. Perhaps he even learned something about himself. Good story
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Boring, didnt even waste my time to finish it!
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NoraMc More than 1 year ago
Terrific read! Fun without being cute. The main character's voice pulled me in right away, but the great writing is what kept me glued to the story.
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Boring, totally.