Benny Cahill is back. After getting involved in a crooked horse race in Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth, the cynical and wise-cracking private detective returns in four never before published short mysteries (Where There’s a Will, Now Hear This, Reach for It, and To the Moon). These noir stories are inspired by the author's love of Old Time Radio shows. This collection includes a foreword by Theresa Linden, author of Chasing Liberty.
About the Author
John Paul was born and raised in West Michigan. He discovered detective stories at an early age through the magic of Old Time Radio. Since then he has devoured hundreds of hours of radio shows (such as Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, Boston Blackie, Richard Diamond and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar) and mystery stories. With all this knowledge, he decided to take a crack at recreating those hard-boiled stories of yesteryear. Someday he plans to expand into scifi and westerns.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Trouble is My Client, by John Paul Wohlshied is a throwback in the best sense of the word. In this collection of short stories, we are introduced to Benny Cahill, a somewhat cynical private detective in the mold of the 1950’s pulp fiction and radio dramas. Many of the beloved tropes of the hardboiled detective genre are present, including the detective living in his office, struggles with rent, an ever-present fedora and a string of greasy spoon dinners serving runny eggs and brown-colored water that is billed as coffee. All of these are described and balanced in such a way that they pop off the page in a way that is familiar but not tired. The author also gives us a colorful cast of supporting characters throughout, building a sense of continuity and character development within a world as real as our own that is difficult to create in this format. Wohlshied is also not afraid to stretch himself and his characters, giving us a different spin on the detective story with each adventure. Where There’s a Will delivers a solid murder mystery complete with family rivalries, beautiful women and plot twists. Now Here This lets us into the world of the struggling radio show, asking just how far people will go to achieve success. The following story, Reach For It, provides an unexpected commentary on the struggles of the returning veteran while To the Moon rounds out the collection with a surprising and entertaining turn into the realm of science fiction, complete with robots, space travel and a moon base. John Paul manages in each of these stories to draw the reader into Cahill’s world such that you will quickly find yourself picturing the detective running down a hall, sport coat open and pistol in one hand while the other adjusts the classic fedora; all while reading in the classic gumshoe voice that anyone with even a slight familiarity with the genre will be familiar with. So, whether you are a long-time fan of the likes of Sam Spade and Mike Hammer or brand new to the genre, you owe it to yourself to check out this collection from a sure to be rising talent.