Of Mice and Murderers: Book 1 in The Z-Detective Series [NOOK Book]

Overview

Meet Big Bob Zapolska (Z for short), an unlicensed private eye whose healthy disregard for legal "technicalities," lands him in the middle of some interesting situations. Z may be a loner. He may be a loser. He may, in fact, be a dangerous pyromaniac. But if someone has cheated you --- if someone is crowding you --- it's good to have the Z-man on your side! Book #1 in the Z-Detective Series.
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Of Mice and Murderers: Book 1 in The Z-Detective Series

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Overview

Meet Big Bob Zapolska (Z for short), an unlicensed private eye whose healthy disregard for legal "technicalities," lands him in the middle of some interesting situations. Z may be a loner. He may be a loser. He may, in fact, be a dangerous pyromaniac. But if someone has cheated you --- if someone is crowding you --- it's good to have the Z-man on your side! Book #1 in the Z-Detective Series.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011099007
  • Publisher: John Stockmyer
  • Publication date: 9/4/2010
  • Series: Z-Detective Series , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 30,539
  • File size: 268 KB

Meet the Author

John G. Stockmyer is an individual whose irrepressible creativity has manifested itself in many ways: as a poet, teacher, produced playwright, author, co-owner of an educational materials business, creator of a time-machine simulator, and, more recently, as a podcaster and producer of eBooks. During his career he has received awards for scholarship, numerous teaching awards and, as a writer, was a Thorpe Menn finalist.He is the co-author of three non-fiction books: Unleashing the Right Side of the Brain - The Stephen Greene Press, Life Trek: The Odyssey of Adult Development - Humanics, and Right Brain Romance - Ginn Press. He is also the author of over 25 works of fiction, including the Crime/Hard-Boiled "Z-Detective" Series, and the Science-Fiction/Fantasy "Under The Stairs" Series. He has also written a quirky vampire novel titled, The Gentleman Vampire.John G. Stockmyer is now semi-retired from a 40+ year career as an Ancient/European History Professor at Maple Woods Community College, but still teaches and writes part-time. He currently lives in the Midwest with his wife Connie.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2010

    unpredictable - I enjoyed it! If you like a mystery, you will too!

    To be honest, had this book not been free, I wouldn't have downloaded it. It was a nice surprise. If you don't like mysteries or detective books, this is NOT the book for you! Although I'm not used to his writing style, it did NOT turn me off. As the book progressed I was so involved with the story that I didn't care about the way it was written - actually enjoyed the style as it fit with the main character as far as the way he though and acted. I wrongly assumed I knew how the story would end, but Stockmyer really pulled the rug out from under my theory and I always love when that happens! I think many will agree - there is Nothing worse than being able to solve the mystery in the first few chapters and actually be correct! I did a search and got both #2 and #3 of the series. I won't claim this is the best ever, but I am glad I gave it a shot!

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    Terrible

    WAAAAYY too much cussing! Also the fact that he's "cuddling" with a girl that's young enough to be his daughtor. Eww.

    14 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

    good reading

    The story line kept you interested and wanting to figure out 'who done it' I also appreciated that there were not so many characters that you couldn't keep track of everyone. Good book well worth reading if you are a true mystery/detective reader.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    ZZZZZZZZZZ I'm falling asleep

    On my Nook it was 559 pages and after 59 pages I should have switched to another book, but I stayed until the end. I didn't like his writing style, his punctuation, his two word sentences, his one line paragraphs, or his descriptions about things that were soooooooo unimportant. ZZZZZZZZZZZ good night

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2011

    Grammatical nightmare

    Ok, the storyline may be halfway decent, but it is soooo hard to get through all sentence fragments and other grammatical problems. And, no, I am not a grammar snob; and yes, I understand the style is to be interpreted as conversational. But really, how did this thing get published? Did an editor really read this? I will not bother finishing this book - wish I could get a refund.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

    Awesome read!

    I am totally hooked on the "Z" series. Downloaded the 1st one free and then bought the rest. He can really tell a story, all interwoven, but connected in the end. Definite read!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2010

    Pretty good detective story

    This started a tad slow, but it picked up and was pretty interesting. I liked the character of the PI and am ready to read the next book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    Good book

    For a free book, this is a wonderful read. Mr. Stockmeyer shows a lot of promise to be a must read author.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Ok

    Thought it would be better, will not read more in the series

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    What a character!

    "Z" is quite a character. He uses is brain as well as his middle-age brawn to catch the "bad guys." Plot a bit simplistic.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2011

    Good read

    Good character development and held interest

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    Enjoyed It

    I found it a quick and enjoyable read. I will now buy the next books go continue to enjoy 'Z'.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

    ok read

    figured it out less than half-way through but read to the end. skipped around a bit and ending was disappointing. but if what you are looking for is a lengthy free mystery this one is for you.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    Here is the truth about the gun comments: The NRA does not supp

    Here is the truth about the gun comments: The NRA does not support guns at schools, and DOES support laws like the firearms enhancements for criminals who use guns in the commission of crimes, and has pushed for these laws for years!
    The NRA promotes responsible gun ownership, and safety training for anyone who may come into contact with a gun. EDDIE EAGLE safety program.
    GIVE ME A BREAK, guns dont commit crimes, people use them to commit crimes and peopl have accidents with guns because they mishandle them
    Where is the NRA when this child shoots himself by accident? They have been there for years stressing that the OWNER of the gun has responsibilities, and the child's parents have responsiilities to train and supervise chidren when they are handling guns.
    Guns dont hurt people, they are misued by people to hurt other people just like computers, cars, knives, bats, 2X4s, motorcycles, boats, hands, feets, rocks, and arrows are misued.
    Please spare me the tired, illogical, arguments that my guns make you unsafe.: only if you break into my hoime or threaten me or my family......
    My rights are precious, as are yours, , so dont attack mine, thank you.
    I am a former Law Enforcement Officer, an Army veteran, and a college professor.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

    Lots of unnecessary words

    Lessons learned from this author.... never use one adjective when five or six will do, and make sure your quotation marks, parentheses and commas work on your keyboard, as you will use them many, many times........

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Boring

    I tried really hard to get into this book but it was impossible. I read the first 125 pages and gave up. I am not a fan of his writing style.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2011

    good

    I live in Kansas and visit KC often. I recognized the Nelson Gallery.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2013

    I can't recall how I found this fantastic author and his books--

    I can't recall how I found this fantastic author and his books--but I'm so glad that I did!!!  Until recently I lived in the metro Kansas City area, so the settings of the "Z" books are fairly familiar to me.
    I LOVE Z!!!  After reading this book I immediately purchased all the remaining Z books, as well as the author's other series (The Bandworld Series--first book is also free).  There is also a quirky vampire book "The Gentleman Vampire"--loved it also!!!
    But the Z books are my favorites!!!  I recommended them to other KC 'ex-pats'--Z is like a breath from home!!!
    Every book seemed to get better--I am so impressed with Mr. Stockmyer and his writing style, his characters (who I feel as if I know!)--I can't wait for more in the Z series!!!
    Thanks to the free books introducing me to the series, I have a new favorite author!!!  5 stars all through the series!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Lots of foul langauge, bad grammer and typos.

    I will read most anything and read a large varity of genres. This book was hard for me to finish. I just plain could not get interested in it. I think it is more a man's book perhaps. I admire the author's efforts, because writting a book is very difficult.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    Not Recommened

    Was not very good.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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