Hitman: A Stanley Hastings Mystery (Stanley Hastings Mysteries)

Hitman: A Stanley Hastings Mystery (Stanley Hastings Mysteries) by Parnell Hall 1933648538 9781933648538
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What Mr. Hall does to the private eye formula is very funny, but it is not frivolous. His puzzles, for all their manic nonsense, are fiendish constructions of sound logic.-The New York Times Book Review Private Eye Stanley Hastings doesnt want for idiosyncrasies, as fans of this long-running unconventional and very funny (The New York Times) mystery series know. For instance, he doesnt carry a gun. So he seems a particularly improbable choice, among all of New York Citys private investigators, for the cold-eyed Martin Kessler. Not that Kessler requires firepower. Hes got a gun of his own-an automatic with a long, ugly silencer-although hed like to retire it. A contract killer who wants out of the game, Kessler hires Stanley mostly to watch his back in the event that someone of similar professional skills is shadowing him. Someone is, in fact, only Stanley fails to spot him and dead bodies are soon piling messily up. Theres an obligation a PI owes a client, so Stanley figures, and in the face of a situation that with more luck or diligence he might have averted, he determines to sort it out. The hapless PI thus begins an odyssey that will take him from a seedy topless bar to a plush corporate boardroom, and ultimately a Manhattan courtroom, in his attempt to uncover just what did go down, and why, during his clients last, decidedly dirty job. Edgar, Shamus, and Lefty nominee Parnell Hall is the author of the Stanley Hastings private eye novels, the Puzzle Lady crossword puzzle mysteries, and the Steve Winslow courtroom dramas.An actor, screenwriter, and former private investigator, Hall lives in New York City.

Author: Parnell Hall

Language: English

Edition: 1ST

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 320

Publisher: Pegasus Books

Publication Date: 2007-09-18


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