Detective (Stanley Hastings Mystery, #1)
by Parnell Hall
1988 Edgar Award Best First Mystery Nominee
1988 Shamus Award Best First Mystery Nominee
Stanley Hastings, the world's most unlikely private eye, a struggling actor/writer trying to support his wife and kid in New York City, who chases ambulances for a negligence lawyer and carries a camera instead of a gun and photographs accident victims and the cracks in the sidewalk that tripped them, tackles his first real case, tracking down the murderers of a client he could not save because he wasn't a real detective.
"Highly entertaining ... this is zesty, shrewdly paced caper-comedyreminiscent of the best of (among others) Lawrence Block and Joe Gores."
"As suspensful as it is hilarious!"
—Philadelphia Daily News
"A gritty, entertaining mystery!"
"A terrific page-turner of classic detection."
- Parnell Hall, February 2012
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