The Highly Effective Detective Crosses the Line (Teddy Ruzak Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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In this fourth installment of Rick Yancey’s touching and funny Highly Effective Detective Series, lovable but bumbling PI Teddy Ruzak is out of his league again, and this time, things are getting serious.

Farrell, one of Teddy’s old friends, is in desperate need of Teddy’s help. His daughter Isabella’s ex-boyfriend, locked up for assault, is days away from being released from jail, and Farrell knows his first stop out of the slammer will be at ...

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The Highly Effective Detective Crosses the Line (Teddy Ruzak Series #4)

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Overview

In this fourth installment of Rick Yancey’s touching and funny Highly Effective Detective Series, lovable but bumbling PI Teddy Ruzak is out of his league again, and this time, things are getting serious.

Farrell, one of Teddy’s old friends, is in desperate need of Teddy’s help. His daughter Isabella’s ex-boyfriend, locked up for assault, is days away from being released from jail, and Farrell knows his first stop out of the slammer will be at his daughter’s door. Farrell enlists Teddy to keep any eye on Isabella.

But when the bad seed ex-boyfriend turns out to have associates even more alarming than he is,Teddy finds himself dealing with truly dangerous criminals. To make matters worse, Felicia, his secretary, is being threatened by mysterious men whom she can’t seem to shake.

Can Teddy keep Felicia getting hurt while still protecting Isabella? And do his strong feelings towards Felicia run deeper than just a friend looking out for a friend? This funny and engaging mystery starring Teddy Ruzak will delight and entertain his many devoted fans.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Yancey's less than successful fourth comic crime novel featuring unlicensed Tennessee PI Teddy Ruzak (after 2010's The Highly Effective Detective Plays the Fool), Ruzak tries to protect 23-year-old Isabella Farrell from her psychotic ex-boyfriend, Quinton Stiles, who's just gotten out of prison. The bumbling detective winds up under arrest for breaking and entering after he bursts into Farrell's apartment under the mistaken belief that she's being threatened. Ruzak finds a link between Stiles and a neo-Nazi group, but when his efforts result in a shocking act of violence, the intrusion of real life jars. Ruzak's struggle with his unrequited feelings for his assistant, Felicia, who's already involved with a firefighter, doesn't lend itself as readily to the light treatment that was the first three books' hallmark. The ending makes it unclear what direction the next installment will take, but despite the dip in quality, fans will want to see more of Ruzak. (Feb.)
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Praise for The Highly Effective Detective series

“Yancey deserves mention with the wackiest of today’s comic crime novelists...similar to Donald E. Westlake or Carl Hiassen.”--Booklist on The Highly Effective Detective Goes to the Dogs

"Move over, Sam Spade. A priceless nebbish has joined the private-eye ranks. An adorably quixotic adventure."--Kirkus Reviews

“Delightful…Yancey has given Teddy a distinctive voice – wry, rambling, and self-reflective – that will endear this surprisingly effective bumbler to all kinds of mystery readers.”--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“It is difficult to top an outstanding series debut, but Yancey does so here with great aplomb. For readers who enjoy humorous mysteries with quirky detectives in the tradition of Janet Evanovich.” --Library Journal

“A delightful and easygoing whodunit.” --The New York Post

Kirkus Reviews

Teddy Ruzak (The Highly Effective Detective Plays the Fool, 2010, etc.), whose most notable quality in his first three adventures was a winsome cluelessness, gets into a seriously disturbing case.

Now that Quinton Stiles, the ex-boyfriend who beat her to a pulp, is out of prison, Isabella Farrell needs protection. Not that she thinks so, of course; she's so adamantly against the idea that her father wonders if she's already in touch with Stiles. In order to protect her, though, he leans on Teddy, the unlicensed private detective who you could say ran White Knight Associates if it weren't actually run by his secretary and Girl Friday Felicia, who's passed the p.i. exam he failed three times. Stiles, everyone agrees, is not someone you want to run afoul of. And Teddy—whose way of protecting his unwilling client is to get himself squeezed between the cops and the White Aryan Nation, whose local minions Quinton had snitched on in order to win an early release—runs afoul of Quinton by any reasonable standard. The resulting spate of violence leaves few corpses and even less mystery in its wake. Yet Teddy's sensitive, noble, quixotic response to it will make a far more lasting impression on you than the next dozen fictional corpses you find.

Teddycontinues to grow and deepen as he charts a developmental path like no other in the genre.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429994125
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Series: Teddy Ruzak Series , #4
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 297,781
  • File size: 223 KB

Meet the Author

RICHARD YANCEY is the author of the YA novels The Monstrumologist and The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp. His memoir, Confessions of a Tax Collector, was named one of the ten best books of the year by The Christian Science Monitor. This is his fourth mystery in the Highly Effective Detective series.

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