Winner of silver in the 2012 Independent Publishers Awards.
She's a surgeon, she's beautiful and she desperately wants Mister Rainbow to shed some light on her husband's past. But when he does, she wishes he hadn't. Because what Rainbow discovers is a handless hood - and a whole lot of murders.
Rainbow's a retro private eye who keeps himself to himself. He lives (illegally) on a boat in Sydney Harbour, has no identity, and frequents speakeasies. He's also got a nemesis called Pandora ...
The Case of the Hood With No Hands, the first novel in the Mister Rainbow heptalogy, is a thoroughly modern story with a wink and a nod to the golden age of pulp fiction. With its memorable characters, witty dialogue and fast-paced plot, it signals the arrival of an arresting new Australian talent.
'Mister Rainbow is that rare creature - a PI with depth. Down at heel, shabby, inept - he's a born loser, at his best when the odds are stacked against him. Somehow, in a taut contest, he wins.' Barry Oakley, writer and former literary editor of The Australian
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Loved Everything About This Charming Caper!!! The name is Rainbow. Detective Rainbow. His business card may read Bruno Scutt’s Detective Agency, but in the words of Rainbow himself, “Whatever it says, I’m still Rainbow.” Rainbow is the sort of bloke who is in the business of solving crimes. Any caper that comes along with a string of dough attached to it is the type of case that Rainbow finds himself inclined to take. Living the life of a man off the grid, an occupational hazard, this private eye knows how to stay undetected. Since he himself is a master in the art of detection and has been in the game for no small amount of time, he has become quite adept at existing only when necessary, the rest of the time being spent in a myriad of dress, station, and persona. We meet Rainbow right about the time in which a dame by the name of Sally Kane comes to the private eye in need of his services. She has become weary of her husband, a joker named David Jones. She laments that she has this intuition, or rather what she labels as “an informed judgment” that something underhanded is going on with her husband and she needs to find out what that something is. She wants a baby, and she wants to make sure that this man she has decided to make hers isn’t one of the nefarious sorts. Of course Rainbow requires payment up front, and once the beautiful Ms. Kane presents the dough, it is up to Rainbow to strike out and do what he does best, and that is to sniff out the odorless misdoings of what most people would assume is just another joker on the street. Author C.S. Boag has done a magnificent job bringing back the lost art of the Noir Who Done It genre. It is a genre that has been lacking in content for so long, that I feel that we have forgotten its charm, but Boag lights up every single page of his book with just that sentiment. He also infuses sarcasm and witticisms in every line of thought in which Rainbow thinks. He has not only created this character that get to watch, but we get to know this his motives, his thoughts, and his pre-determined and not so pre-determined actions that he is willing to take in order to solve the seemingly unsolvable case. Boag has made Rainbow not only someone that we love to watch, but someone we feel that we know. His thought pattern is completely honest, and the hilarity of that honesty is so refreshing. The way that Boag has shaped the speech and colloquialisms in which Rainbow exists by is truly a joy to read.This is but the first of the adventures of Mr. Rainbow, and I for one cannot wait to pick up the next installment and see what the fella is up to. The book ends in a mostly complete way, but there is still a small cliffhanger that will leave you desperate to grab the next volume in search of an answer. Boag tactfully wrapped up every detail, of which there are many, but he still had the wisdom to leave us wanting more. I heartily give this book 5 out of 5 stars, and am so pleased that I was able to play a small part in introducing Mr. Rainbow to those who may have overlooked him.