Detective (Stanley Hastings Series #1)

Detective (Stanley Hastings Series #1)

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by Parnell Hall
     
 

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Stanley Hastings, the world's most unlikely private eye, a struggling actor/writer trying to support his wife and kid in New York City, who chases ambulances for a negligence lawyer and carries a camera instead of a gun and photographs accident victims and the cracks in the sidewalk that tripped them, tackles his first real case, tracking down the murderers of a…  See more details below

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Stanley Hastings, the world's most unlikely private eye, a struggling actor/writer trying to support his wife and kid in New York City, who chases ambulances for a negligence lawyer and carries a camera instead of a gun and photographs accident victims and the cracks in the sidewalk that tripped them, tackles his first real case, tracking down the murderers of a client he could not save because he wasn't a real detective.

1988 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Nominee
1988 Shamus Award Best First Mystery Nominee

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
"Highly entertaining ... this is zesty, shrewdly paced caper-comedyóreminiscent of the best of (among others) Lawrence Block and Joe Gores."
Rose DeWolf
"As suspenseful as it is hilarious!"
Publishers Weekly
"A gritty, entertaining mystery!"
L B
"A terrific page-turner of classic detection."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936441136
Publisher:
Parnell Hall
Publication date:
11/11/2010
Series:
Stanley Hastings Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
106,913
File size:
322 KB

Meet the Author

Parnell Hall is the author of the Puzzle Lady crossword puzzle mysteries, the Stanley Hastings private eye novels, and the Steve Winslow courtroom dramas. Parnell is an actor, singer, songwriter, screenwriter, former private eye, and past president of the Private Eye Writers of America. His books have been nominated for Edgar, Lefty, and Shamus awards.

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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.