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Stakeout (Stanley Hastings Series #18)
     

Stakeout (Stanley Hastings Series #18)

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by Parnell Hall
 

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The next novel featuring Stanley Hastings, the unlikeliest private eye in New York City, in the mystery series that’s always hilariously reinventing itself.Stanley Hastings finally felt like a real PI, staking out a New Jersey motel to get evidence on a woman’s cheating husband. It should have been a piece of cake. Only the husband wasn’t cheating

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The next novel featuring Stanley Hastings, the unlikeliest private eye in New York City, in the mystery series that’s always hilariously reinventing itself.Stanley Hastings finally felt like a real PI, staking out a New Jersey motel to get evidence on a woman’s cheating husband. It should have been a piece of cake. Only the husband wasn’t cheating, someone killed him, and the cops are trying to pin the murder on the man apprehended at the scene, who just happens to be Stanley.To clear his name, Stanley will wind up jumping bail,impersonating a police officer, staking out a mob boss, and appropriating a murder weapon from a sassy Jersey Girl who keeps trying to distract him by ripping her clothes off.And that’s just for starters . . .

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Publishers Weekly
Despite 17 previous outings, Stanley Hastings still hasn’t learned much, as shown by Hall’s enjoyable 18th caper to feature the bumbling New York PI (after 2010’s Caper). Hired to tail suspected adulterer Philip Marston by his wife, Julie, Hastings manages to get himself arrested on suspicion of murder after following Philip to New Jersey and finding him shot to death in a motel room. Fortunately, he has a small support group made up of his wife, Alice; his employer, lawyer Richard Rosenberg; and NYPD Sgt. William MacAullif. The three alternate between castigating the detective for his many errors and offering advice that he typically interprets in a way that only leads him deeper into trouble. Hastings’s further mishaps include finding a second body, illegally confiscating a gun and possible murder weapon, and generally doing everything possible to tighten the noose around his neck. Hall’s always amusing wordplay complements Hastings’s Clouseau-like investigative techniques. (Jan.)
The Wall Street Journal
“Parnell Hall succeeds in making Stanley Hastings one of a kind. Pleasantly reminiscent of Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin.”
The New York Times Book Review
“The Stanley Hastings mysteries depend on subversively sly wordplay. In Caper,
catching criminals is all very well, but in the violently verbal world he inhabits, Stanley would be happy just to win an argument.”— Marilyn Stasio
The Washington Post Book World
“The charm in Stanley Hastings lies in his chummy, loquacious,self-deprecating commentary as the narrator of his adventures.”
The New York Times Book Review - Marilyn Stasio
“The Stanley Hastings mysteries depend on subversively sly word play. In Caper, catching criminals is all very well, but in the violently verbal world he inhabits, Stanley would be happy just to win an argument.”
Marilyn Stasio - The New York Times Book Review
“The Stanley Hastings mysteries depend on subversively sly word play. In Caper, catching criminals is all very well, but in the violently verbal world he inhabits, Stanley would be happy just to win an argument.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410457554
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
05/22/2013
Series:
Stanley Hastings Series , #18
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
439
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Parnell Hallis an Edgar, Shamus, and Lefty nominee, and is the author of the Stanley Hastings private eye novels, the Puzzle Lady crossword-puzzle mystery series, and the Steve Winslow courtroom dramas. An actor, screenwriter, and former private investigator, Hall lives in New York City.

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Stakeout: A Stanley Hastings Mystery 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Delitela More than 1 year ago
Fun to read. Great characters. Story has an unusual twists & turns. I would definitely read more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Excellent. Four stars.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOL Stanley's wife Alice is the real brains here
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Stanley Hastings is a PI of a different stripe, and in the various novels in the mystery series in which he is protagonist he proves it. If he can trip over himself in pursuing a clue, he will. And of course, in the end, all’s well despite himself. He begins this caper when he is retained by a wife to follow her husband, suspected of cheating. Stanley follows him to a motel room in Ft. Lee, New Jersey. When no one is seen entering or leaving, Stanley enters the room and discovers the man has been shot t death. And then cops storm in, find the gun under a bed, and Stanley is arrested for murder. And then the fun begins, as he is bailed out by his attorney and attempts to exonerate himself. Among the bumbles and fumbles along the way, he impersonates a police officer, obtains a murder weapon of another victim, and follows a mob boss. The series highlights Stanley’s offbeat word-play sparring with his wife, Alice, as well as with his employer (a negligence attorney) and a New York detective. He rarely, if ever, wins an argument with these counter-foils, but keeps on trying. Certainly, among PI protagonists, Stanley is unique and good fun. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just found Mr Halls books in the past months. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, as I have many of his other books.