By Parnell Hall
Stanley Hastings, bodyguard? Come on, he does not even hold a gun. yet a best-selling suspense writer's spouse who's getting threatening mobilephone calls hires Stanley to cause them to cease. undesirable circulate. the very fact the calls proceed is the least of her worries.
“Hall’s deadpan kind of satire makes mincemeat out of the pretentious writer and his entourage of cynical brokers, editors, and publicists, each one of whom retains telling Stanley (in hilariously abusive discussion) what a awful novel his case might make. emerging above their contempt, the sad-sack detective plods alongside after his consumers, dodging razors and bombs, and making a choice on up adequate sizzling dish at the publishing alternate to jot down a really humorous ebook of his own.”
—Marilyn Stasio, long island occasions booklet overview
“First-class enjoyable from begin to finish.”
“When it involves humor, Parnell corridor maintains to assist set the standard.”
-San Jose Mercury News
“Amusing, tongue in cheek … The milieu with all its vagaries proves a prepared objective for Hall’s well-aimed barbs as he … bargains a delightfully actual account of a book place signing.… corridor proves as adept at growing on-page suspense as he's at lampooning it.”
“Hall tells a great story, creates a solid of colourful, a little eccentric characters, and provides them the superior discussion within the genre.”
“Hall has a slyly pleasant time skewering the publishing box and top sellers…Hall most likely had as a lot enjoyable injecting little secret “traditions” because the reader can have learning them.”
—Oline H. Cogdill, citadel Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
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Elizabeth Abbott. ” “Uh-huh. And sooner than that? ” “With the agent. Abe Feinstein. ” “Yes. and also you met him in a deli? ” “That’s correct. ” “And sooner than that? ” “I used to be at my client’s house. Getting the names and addresses of those humans. ” “Uh-huh,” Frost acknowledged. “And the cause of that used to be your plan to trace the nameless cellphone caller via Caller identity had failed, end result of the caller utilizing pay telephones, so now you have been trying one other line of inquiry. ” “Exactly. ” “I locate that really attention-grabbing. ” “Really,” Rancroft acknowledged. “Frankly, i locate it remarkably boring. if truth be told, I haven’t heard a clean concept within the final part hour. whilst are you going to allow us to go away? ” evidently Barney okay. Rancroft had by no means handled child Face Frost, or he wouldn't have made this kind of intentionally inflammatory assertion. I had handled child Face Frost, and figured the percentages of Rancroft leaving each time quickly had simply sunk to 0. yet other than a moderate crinkling round the eyes, Frost gave no signal. “Oh, don’t move simply yet,” Frost stated. “Let me let you know what i locate fascinating. Mr. Hastings begun calling on humans the day prior to this end result of the failure of Caller identification. That failure turned transparent the day before today morning, while a mobile name used to be pointed out as coming from one other mobilephone. It used to be at that time that Mr. Hastings went to Mr. Winnington’s condo, to debate the truth that Caller identification used to be now not operating, and that he should still cross at it from a unique attitude. It used to be then—and right me if I’m improper, Mr. Hastings—but it used to be then for the 1st time that you just heard of the lifestyles of the decedent, Sherry Pressman. Is that correct? ” “Yes, it really is. ” “You see why that’s fascinating? ” Frost stated. “Sherry Pressman doesn’t even come into this until eventually the day past morning. Assuming there’s a connection. the day gone by morning, whilst all else failed, Mr. Hastings will get a result in Sherry Pressman. He calls on her by way of 3 o’clock the day before today afternoon. instantly after that, she is killed. If there's a connection—more to the purpose, if there's a reason and influence, that Sherry Pressman has the quantity and is being investigated for having the quantity, and that's why she is silenced—well, in that occasion, the killer not just knew that Sherry Pressman had the data, but additionally knew that Mr. Hastings used to be after it. ” “That’s exceptionally far-fetched,” Rancroft stated. “Maybe so,” Frost acknowledged. “But it’s most likely actual. simply because if it isn’t reason and influence, then it needs to be the main enormous accident. and that i, for one, don't think in twist of fate. ” I suppressed a grin, wanted MacAullif were there to listen to that. now not believing in twist of fate used to be certainly one of his puppy sayings. Rancroft’s face retreated in the back of of his chins, gave him the glance of a turtle pulling his head into his shell. “Say that’s true,” he acknowledged. “So what? ” Frost beamed. “Well, then. we might have whatever to move on, wouldn’t we? simply because whoever killed Sherry Pressman must pay attention to what Mr. Hastings used to be doing. And there will be a truly constrained box, due to the fact that Mr. Hastings didn’t comprehend what he was once doing himself.