Greed and Stuff
By Jay Russell
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312261689, 288pp.)
Publication Date: February 2001
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It's the story of a man named Marty.
Once he was a very busy TV sitcom star.
Then he kind-of burned out and became a washed-up private eye.
Now Marty Burns is back on television, playing a P.I. and trying to make rehashed "Hawaii Five-O" scripts sound convincing.
While he's waiting to find out if his show is renewed (it's not doing well with the 18-34 year-olds), Marty stumbles across an enigma involving the classic noir film The Devil on Sunday, a shady remake, and a very real corpse.
Greed & Stuff is Jay Russell's strongest novel yet---a fast-moving, wise-cracking L.A. story peopled with fascinating characters, brimming with brio, and driven by a compelling mystery. This novel confirms Russell's standing as one of the hottest young voices in the mystery field.
Jay Russell is the author of several novels, including two previous Marty Burns adventures, Celestial Dogs and Burning Bright. His short fiction has been collected in Waltzes and Whispers, which was a finalist for the International Horror Guild Award for Best Collection. His next book is a novel entitled Brown Harvest. He lives in London, England, with his wife and daughter.
"Marty Burns is now a bona fide member of the P.I. pantheon."
---Brian Hodge, Hellnotes
"Marty Burns bulls his way through L.A.'s cesspool like some bad-dream bastard son of Philip Marlowe. Jay Russell pulls it off with brutality, wit, and adrenaline."
---George P. Pelecanos, author of Right as Rain