The new Stanley Hastings novel featuring the unlikeliest private eye in New York City.
Private eye Stanley Hastings doesn't want for idiosyncrasies, as fans of this long-running "unconventional" and "very funny" (says the New York Times) mystery series know. For instance, he doesn't carry a gun. So he seems a particularly improbable choice, among all of New York City's private investigators, for the cold-eyed Martin Kessler.Not that Kessler requires firepower. He's got a gun of his ownan automatic with a long, ugly silenceralthough he'd like to retire it. A contract killer who wants out of the game, Kessler hires Stanley mostly to watch his back in the event that someone of similar professional skills is shadowing him. Someone is, in fact, only Stanley fails to spot him and dead bodies are soon piling messily up. The hapless Stanley thus begins an odyssey around Manhattan in his attempt to uncover just what did go down, and why, during his client's last, decidedly dirty, job.
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I picked this book up simply because it was on the new books bookshelf at the library and it seemed to be a mystery. Since I've read none of this series nor any other works by this writer, I didn't know what to expect. I enjoyed Mr. Hall's style in that he shows wit while telling an engaging tale. His characters are interesting and the story flowed well. Being a mystery, I look for clues that will allow me to get to the culprit before the writer has to explain it all. Mr. Hall does a very good job of doing this especially with the wonderful dialog between Stanley, his main character, and Alice, Stanley's wife. Stanley is hired by a hitman who wants him to prevent him from carrying out his assignment. A private investigator for a member of the plaintiff's bar, Stanley accepts the assignment only to become engulfed in a series of killings. If you enjoy mysteries, you should enjoy this one. It may even make you want to find previous mysteries in this series.
I thought this would be a winner--after all, it's about an English teacher who is a hitman, but it is so studied, so unfunny, and so unsuspenseful that it's an embarrassment to its genre--and to English teachers like me.