Jarvis Mann is a private detective, whose business thrived on the mundane
Paying the bills by shadowing cheating spouses
Getting in the middle of messy divorces
And working for the fat-cat insurance companies running down false claims
On a Winter’s Sunday afternoon, a young man graces his office steps
His words coaxing with the simple declaration of “Please”
Convincing Jarvis to help find a valuable missing Ernie Banks rookie baseball card
With a dry sense of humor, Jarvis tours the Denver neighborhood with the lad
Door to door, friend to friend, until a clue leads to a surprising discovery
A young man’s personal pain revealed
Witnessing a friend’s act of self-sacrifice
Both teenagers teaching Jarvis a life lesson
That will shape him with new hope and resolve
An 8400 word Short Story by Author R Weir
Plus a preview of the next book in the Jarvis Mann PI series: Tracking A Shadow
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About the Author
I live in the Mile High city with my wife, daughter and dog, where the Rocky Mountain High isn’t always achieved with an herbal substance. When not glued to the computer for work and writing, I relax by enjoying the outdoors; playing tennis, travelling in our motorhome and riding a motorcycle wherever the wind takes me. My writing beckons back to the days of detectives and dames, but with modern plots and twists. PI Jarvis Mann is tough, resourceful and a man with as many faults as virtues. HIs oddball sense of humor is much like mine, though I’m not nearly as tough and fearless as he is. Though no evil stands a chance against my written word!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Love Jarvis Mann! Jarvis is my new favorite PI. love the story and the character. As long as there will be more Mann investigations, I will read them. I read Tracking a Shadow book before this one and I think they are both great and well written. Jarvis is someone I could fall in love with.
The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card – R Weir – 5 stars I started reading this short story in the voice of Sargent Joe Friday in “Dragnet” (I imagined the Dan Ackroyd version). Jarvis Mann is a PI who is a little bit down on his luck, he lives and works out of the same place and his sign… well his sign is a bit of a letdown. “One day I hoped to have a large luminous one, with lots of flashing lights. The more colors the better”. For today though, it’s a simple sign. Jarvis Mann is hired by a young man who needs help finding a lost Bubble Gum Card. It’s a sweet story with a nice moral. I think it’s a terrific introduction to this new series by R. Wier. It’s only 27 pages long, but it packed as much punch as a full length novel. THAT’S why it’s a 5 star read for me.
When a young man offers Jarvis Mann, private detective, to help him track down his missing Ernie Banks rookie baseball card worth over a grand, Jarvis decides that he has nothing better to do and takes the case. Expecting to find it laying on the ground somewhere, or discover that one of the young man's friends picked it up, Jarvis helps the young man retrace his steps. What they discover at the end of their investigation tests a friendship and reveal what kind of person the young man is. Filled with dry humor and wit, this wonderful short story is a great introduction to the Jarvis Mann Detective Series. Given the length of the book, the character creation and setting were good; readers get a feel for who Jarvis Mann is and the type of cases he is used to working. The moral of the story was a bit unexpected but still rang true without being preachy. Based on what I have read, I am definitely looking forward to reading the full-length novels in the series!
Good short story
Jarvis Mann is a not-so-successful detective running his own business. He is approached by teenager Dennis Gash, who wants to hire him to find a baseball card that he was given by his father that is worth quite a bit of money. Jarvis isn't working any other cases at the time and knowing he won't make any actual money he takes the case. This story would appeal to Young Adults but I really enjoyed it too. It is very well written and has a good moral to it.