Haftmann's Rules [NOOK Book]


The first full-length novel to feature White's recurring private investigator, Thomas Haftmann! Out of jail and back on the streets, Haftmann is hired to find a missing young girl in Boston. What he finds is far deadlier.

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The first full-length novel to feature White's recurring private investigator, Thomas Haftmann! Out of jail and back on the streets, Haftmann is hired to find a missing young girl in Boston. What he finds is far deadlier.

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  • BN ID: 2940011520174
  • Publisher: Grand Mal Press
  • Publication date: 9/12/2011
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 705 KB

Meet the Author

Robert White grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio. He has published several Thomas Haftmann tales in various print magazines and webzines. Like his private eye, he is a full-time lapsed Catholic and part-time existentialist. He has worked in grocery and department stores, sailed as a deckhand on ore boats around the Great Lakes, worked as a mold puller in a plastics factory, and on the clean-up crew at Mexican Original, a taco factory in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He writes book reviews and does interviews for Boxing World. Although he once spent two extraordinary weeks in China about ten years ago, it’s now clear that Ashtabula is the hill he’s chosen to die on and that’s fine by him
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  • Posted October 29, 2012

    A wild ride that begins with a search for a client's missing teenage daughter

    Thomas Haftmann is a Private Investigator, the sole existentialist P.I. in Northern Ohio. He's also a former Detective with Cleveland Homicide. The story is sprinkled with Haftmann's Rules, things like, "Every existentialist in good standing must own a gun, and every week the existentialist rulebook says that the gun ought to me inserted barrel first into the mouth. Then you make a choice." I felt the existentialist PI bit played nicely throughout the book. Added to the character of Thomas Haftmann without getting in the way of the telling of the tale. In this story, Haftmann's client is John O'Reilly who has hired him to locate his estranged 17 year old daughter. Thing is, Annaliese Marie O'Reilly doesn't exactly want to be found. As the investigation gets going Haftmann learns plenty about the relationship between client and daughter that flat out disgust him. But, he doesn't give up. He never gives up. The author, Robert White, has a gift for dialog, imbuing each character with it's own cadence and attitude. The story itself was totally engrossing and at times I found myself getting lost in Haftmann's world. Things never quite turn out how you might expect and the investigation goes way beyond it's original scope. There some huge surprises. Stuff that left me asking, "What the hell just happened here"? Haftmann's Rules has plenty of disturbing images. One in particular, which will stick with me for a long time, involves a human water balloon. Needless to say, this book is for mature audiences and those not easily offended. I did feel the book started to drag a bit toward the end, but at the same time I can say it was worth the read and I can recommend Haftmann's Rules as a solid PI story. BTW, the character, Thomas Haftmann, has appeared in other works by Robert White, but they are not required reading and this is the first full-length novel to feature the character and it works very well as a stand-alone story. Haftmann's Rules, is published by Grand Mal Press and is available as a paperback and e-book from a wide variety of sources.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    Enlightenment Awaits

    I was only very recently turned on to Crime Fiction by a very good friend who recommended Haftmann's Rules with very great enthusiasm.

    I'm pleased to say it ranks on the list of "Best Books I've Ever Bought" on equal ground with Rilke and de Sade. Just as de Sade used fiction to delve into the deeper meanings of life, so too does White. His Thomas Haftmann character is probably one of the deepest individuals you'll ever meet. Mixing Philosophy with dark humor and stirring, emotional prose, White creates a man who will do whatever is necessary to not only combat other's demons for them as a fantastic Private Eye; but to also simultaneously combat his own, even if it means near self-destruction.

    Bottom line? Get this book! Not only will you be treated to a wonderfully lurid (and at times filled with sexual tension) tale, but you'll emerge knowing the timeless, moving words of more than two great philosophers;Nietzsche and Buddah to name a few. And after reading this, I think you'll want to include Thomas Haftmann there as well.

    It is a purchase that makes (to use a quote from Tom Haftmann himself), " being mudpies that God likes to play with" entirely worth it.

    If you like David L. Lindsey, you'll love Robert White.

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