The Greer Agency

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The Greer Agency is a gritty detective fiction presented in 15 separate, but connected stories. The reader follows the development of private detective Mike Greer, the only PI in the Altoona, PA phone book. It's tough to make a living in a decaying old railroad town, but with the help of an anonymous benefactor, Greer lands some interesting cases-cases that he solves with guts and determination. Throughout the stories, his budding romance with Susan grows. Eventually, they ...
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Overview

The Greer Agency is a gritty detective fiction presented in 15 separate, but connected stories. The reader follows the development of private detective Mike Greer, the only PI in the Altoona, PA phone book. It's tough to make a living in a decaying old railroad town, but with the help of an anonymous benefactor, Greer lands some interesting cases-cases that he solves with guts and determination. Throughout the stories, his budding romance with Susan grows. Eventually, they realize they are right for each other.
Readers will find Mike Greer an accessible everyman with luck, pluck, smarts and a host of interesting friends. He finds his way into and out of problems large and small. Greer narrates the stories in a refreshing and original voice. Each story has its own plot and can stand on its own, but as the book progresses, the mysteries pile up and the plots get more complex until the explosive last story.
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Editorial Reviews

Clayton Bye
I think The Greer Agency is a damn fine book. Tobias doesn't try to be Spenser or Spade. Nor does he write stories that one would consider literary. No, what Harris Tobias has done with The Greer Agency is show how a professional can entertain while making his craft look so, so easy.
Brian Donovan
Good news for readers of detective fiction: There's a new sleuth in town, hanging out at the greasy spoon, dishing up sardonic wisecracks, flirting with the gum-popping waitress, poking his inquisitive nose into a thoroughly entertaining series of noir schemes. Morgan Greer tells us he's no great detective, just a small-town hack. But as this thoroughly engaging story unfolds, one local sleazeball after another discovers that Greer's a lot better than he thinks. Greer and his creator, Harris Tob
Michael Collins
If you've been looking for great detective stories written in the classic style, you'll find them here in Spades. The Greer Agency is plot driven with colorful characters and clever dialogue. You have found an entertaining trip back into the world of the small city Private Investigator.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984259496
  • Publisher: All Things That Matter Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Harris Tobias lives and writes in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is the author of several unpublished novels and hundreds of short stories. His fiction has appeared in Ray Gun Revival, The Calliope Nerve, Literal Translations and other obscure publications. You can find links to his fiction at: http://harristobias.blogspot.com/
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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Good, fast read

    Harris Tobias has turned out a fast-paced series of private-eye stories in the best tradition of the genre.

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  • Posted August 16, 2010

    Move over Micky, Mike is in town

    The Greer Agency - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

    "Millionaire found bludgeoned, lover held," the headlines screamed, or something to that effect. I read some of the articles and it all came back. Sikes, heir to an old Philly family fortune was found murdered by his homosexual lover, Oscar Boss. Boss was found unconscious at the scene, covered in blood. He was arrested, tried, and convicted after a sensational trial that made the newspaper publishers happy for months. Boss had no defense. He admitted to breaking in to the house, he was high on a variety of drugs and, worst of all, his fingerprints were all over the murder weapon, a heavy candelabra. Boss maintained his innocence throughout. He claimed he had a witness, a woman fleeing the scene. The mysterious woman was never found, although the DNA of several women were found in and around the mansion.

    Michael Greer is a private eye in the town of Altoona, PA. He keeps an office in back of a strip mall church called, Church of the Rising Son. The pastor Alphonse Brown, or just Pastor Al to his friends, isn't your ordinary run of the mill pastor. He runs AA meetings, weight watcher meetings, group therapy sessions and any other group that allows him to make money on the side. By being involved in these groups, there isn't much that goes on in Altoona that gets past Pastor Al and this usually works to Mike's advantage when it comes to his cases, as in the case of the Sikes murder. Without a nudge from Pastor Al and him telling Mike who he should talk to, an innocent man would have been put to death. Of course the bonus that went along with his finding the truth gave him a push too.

    One of the first things I found while reading The Greer Agency was that it was different. Very different. Where most "who-done-its" are made up of one case that you follow from the beginning to the end of the book, The Greer Agency gives you a different case story with each chapter but still allows you to follow what is going on with the star characters - Mike, Susan and Pastor Al. I will admit that the beginning of the 1st story reminded me of a Marlowe, Spade or Wolfe novel due to Mike referring to himself as a "gumshoe" but that likeness lasted for 2 pages and from there on I read stories that would make all three of these master sleuths envious. The characters are believable, the stories are well written and I really found myself wanting to get to the next story to see what trouble Mike would find himself falling into and how he would solve the mystery.


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