Detective (Stanley Hastings Series #1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 ...
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Detective (Stanley Hastings Series #1)

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Overview

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

  • ISBN-13: 9781936441136
  • Publisher: Parnell Hall
  • Publication date: 11/11/2010
  • Series: Stanley Hastings Series, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 66,561
  • File size: 315 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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 2.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    Amazing

    Best book ever! You have to read it!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2011

    Fun read!

    This was a fun mystery with interesting characters.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Boring

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Too long

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Yuck

    Too much strong foul language. Shawnee

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    T I really liked this book

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Anonymous

    Boring, didnt even waste my time to finish it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Boring. Couldn't even get into it.

    Boring, totally.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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