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The Detective and the Pipe Girl (John Darvelle Series #1)
     

The Detective and the Pipe Girl (John Darvelle Series #1)

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by Michael Craven
 

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Finalist for the 2015 Nero Wolfe Award

Finalist for the 2015 Shamus Award

With a style as distinct as crime masters such as Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiassen, and Harlan Coben, Michael Craven delivers a richly atmospheric, humorous, fast-paced mystery that introduces unforgettable private eye John Darvelle and brilliantly

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Finalist for the 2015 Nero Wolfe Award

Finalist for the 2015 Shamus Award

With a style as distinct as crime masters such as Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiassen, and Harlan Coben, Michael Craven delivers a richly atmospheric, humorous, fast-paced mystery that introduces unforgettable private eye John Darvelle and brilliantly captures the seductive mood and magnetism of Los Angeles.

Private Detective John Darvelle is a man of specific tastes—simple design, smart women, cheap American beer. He’s a man of specific opinions—drive a car nobody can remember, avoid brunch at all costs, and don’t live in Brentwood. And he adheres to his own professional code—an indelible blend of commitment, loyalty, and experience. He also plays a lot of ping-pong.

Arthur Vonz is one of Tinseltown’s most powerful men, a filmmaker among the ranks of Spielberg, Coppola, and Kubrick. He hires Darvelle to find a young woman named Suzanne Neal, an incandescent beauty who just might be hiding something.

What starts as an easy assignment soon has Darvelle plunging deep into the seductive and hidden world of Hollywood’s elite. A twisting, turning journey that puts him face-to-face with the LAPD, a ruthless underground crime operation, and a cold-blooded killer.

It’s the case of a lifetime that could end his life.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
05/01/2014
Famous film director Arthur Vonz hires PI John Darvelle to find his former lover, Suzanne Neal, who has dropped out of sight. Vonz tells Darvelle he wants to make sure she's okay. Something's off with the story, but Darvelle takes the case; almost too easily, he finds Suzanne. But tragically, she dies the next night and Darvelle must now ascertain who wanted her dead and more important, why. Soon, he has uncovered a sordid little sex industry that looks to be particularly lethal for beautiful young females. The operators behind this syndicate don't appreciate the PI's attention and things heat up exponentially. VERDICT One can never soak up too much Los Angeles-doused atmosphere, especially when the narrator's tone is cynical and slightly bored. Craven's (Body Copy) plot-driven story zips by—addictively, I might add—but his repeated use of rhetorical questions grates. While the author's stereotypes (cops, actors, old mob mentor) won't break new ground, he does a fine job of describing the City of Angels. Try with Sue Grafton readers.
Mysterious Reviews
“It’s…entertaining to follow along with the ever confident John Darvelle.”
New York Journal of Books
“a terrific, fast-paced read. Michael Craven has captured perfectly the forbidden and deadly atmosphere of Hollywood at its darkest and deadliest.…We are hopeful that this is the start of a series…. Fans of the great Elmore Leonard, Philip Marlow, and Jim Rockford will love this read.”
Suspense Magazine
“This is the type of mystery that fans will cheer for…Readers who miss the real, gritty, ‘Elmore Leonard’-type detectives with gut instincts will love this one…. The only thing to say here is: Mr. Craven, bring John Darvelle back!
Three Guys One Book
“I was hooked…. Plot points and future setups for twists are intertwined with asides and quirks that, frankly, make me laugh more than I ever have (or ever thought possible) inside a mystery novel.”
Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-14
A detective with a philosophical bent won't give up on a murder case.Famous filmmaker Arthur Vonz wants John Darvelle to find his former girlfriend. Vonz has a beautiful wife and a legendary career making everything from blockbusters to quirky money losers, but Suzanne Neal, a stunningly beautiful part-time actress, is no longer taking his calls. It doesn't take Darvelle long to find Suzanne. He sees her in the company of a famous movie star and then on the balcony of her expensive condo with an unidentified man. But finding her does her no good, for that very night she's shot in the head and thrown from that same balcony. Even after Darvelle calls the police anonymously to tell them as much as he knows, the murder continues to haunt him, and he keeps investigating on his own. His area connections help him identify Suzanne as a "Pipe Girl," one of a group of very special women who provide every conceivable service to the rich and famous and are guaranteed never to tell. That guarantee is apparently kept by killing anyone with loose lips as a warning to others. Darvelle visits Hollywood studios, Beverly Hills mansions and low-end bars looking for answers. He knows he's getting close when he's attacked and left for dead. The answers he finds are shocking even to a tough PI who thinks he's seen it all.Darvelle (Body Copy, 2009) has echoes of notably introspective California sleuths from Phillip Marlowe to Harry Bosch. Extensive descriptions of greater LA provide a suitable backdrop for a complex mystery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062305602
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/27/2014
Series:
John Darvelle Series , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
94,037
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Michael Craven is an advertising writer and creative director, and is the author of two previous books, Body Copy and The Detective & the Pipe Girl, nominated for both the Nero Wolfe and Shamus Awards. He lives and works in New York City.

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The Detective and the Pipe Girl 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A decent story line and crisp writing when intended. But the repeated side stories of non related material take too much away from the advancement of the plot. The non story stories are irritating, and contribute little, if any entertainment. They are just filler.
7MAL More than 1 year ago
I liked the story, but found the repeated lines annoying. The mystery, was well plotted and presented, the writing's good except as noted (constantly repeating a line.) 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story. The descriptions of the various communities put LA/Hollywood life into perspective, giving a glimpse into a world I've never seen. Having read a great many detective stories, the good ones give their characters their own quirks and idiosyncraties, making them come alive in the imagination, just as this author has. The repeating lines did not bother me as they added to the character and the flavor of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pst
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She was calmly lead in. (Yeah because this is not how this goes.)
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Stevieb58 More than 1 year ago
Very good short story
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style. I could not put the book down. Who cares about the repeatinglines ...this book was an entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointing dislike after all the trouble with an o henry ending you need to like your detective and really dont and could use humor and a side kick if a series doubt will explore past or future books fsfl
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author tries too hard to make the main character sound clever. The sidelines are annoying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it, great summer read! Interesting story with good surprises and a lot of laughs. The opinionated ping-pong playing detective was a lot of fun. Looking forward to reading the next one in the series. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tried a little to hard.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
narrator is just that observes and comments one tends to forget how literary they were and not a quick read read the first chapter of the big sleep and the last chapter specially the ending. The movie remake set in england is an example of a mystery transplanted while the narration can remain the same
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have no idea, but I have a character you could use! One of my pony OCs! Just respond to RD if this is the place cause I'm not sure lol XD