He makes dumb mistakes so you don’t have to.
“A great and humorous kids/young teen story with plenty of twists and tension.” Entrada Publishing
15-year-old Krista Winnette worries about her dad, Drew. After all, he just lost his job, and Krista’s mom just left him. Now all Drew has is a dwindling bank account, a ten-year-old car and a musty motel room he can barely afford. So he does what every unemployed man must do in this desperate situation: He becomes a private eye.
Drew knows nothing about being a private eye, but how hard could it be? As he says in his Facebook ad: “You ever wondered how a private eye finds a missing person? Or trails a cheating husband? So have I! So hire me, and I’ll figure it out! I’ll try stuff the other guys won’t even consider – ’cause I don’t know any better!”
As Drew goes about learning his new job, he finds himself a rather enthusiastic partner – Krista! Together, they investigate the case of a fading movie star who tragically fell to her death on the set. But was it an accident – or did someone take their “creative differences” a little too far? Join our two bumbling private detectives as they constantly scramble to stay afloat and sometimes even to stay alive. The story will keep you guessing right up to the surprise ending!
If you like Theodore Boone, The Adventures of Jack Lime or a light take on Veronica Mars, you’ll love My Dad, the Private Eye. Tweens, teens and even adults will get a thrill out of this middle grade detective series full of fun mystery and funny action.
And if you like The Falling Star, check out the next book in the series, My Dad, the Private Eye: Keep on Truckin’. Drew and Krista get their first paid gig, tracking down a missing trucker. But when he turns up dead, and neither his employer nor his wife want to know why, our fledgling investigators get into some seriously sticky – and seriously dangerous – situations trying to crack the case. (Make sure to read it to the end for another surprise ending!)
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About the Author
Richard Clark has written ten middle grade and chapter books, one of which, My Best Friend Is a Secret Agent, was published in Canada in June, 2019, by Indigo Press and Wattpad. It is a Heather’s Kids Pick and quickly became a Kids’ Bestseller. Previously, the book was on the Amazon and iBooks free kids ebooks bestseller lists for four years with over 100,000 downloads and over 75,000 reads on wattpad.com.
Richard has also worked extensively as a screenwriter and TV story editor, both in Toronto and Los Angeles. A graduate of UCLA and AFI, his credits include writing or story-editing over 150 produced TV scripts for shows broadcast on the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, BBC, Netflix, CBC, CTV and many other domestic and foreign networks. He’s also developed shows for many production companies, written four TV movies for Showtime Networks, optioned several feature screenplays in Los Angeles, and worked as a director and editor. In 2010 he was nominated for both a Gemini Award (now Canadian Screen Award) and a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award, and in 2012 another WGC award.
In addition, Richard teaches screenwriting at Humber College in Toronto, and he wrote Scratch & Sniff, an interactive book app for kids.
Richard lives near Toronto with his wife and their 12-year-old twins… and he’s lived to tell the tale.
Specialties: Writing middle grade and chapter books. Writing and story-editing for youth-oriented TV and film, both live action and animation.