The Highly Effective Detective
By Richard Yancey
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312347529, 304pp.)
Publication Date: June 27, 2006
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From the critically acclaimed author of Confessions of a Tax Collector and The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp comes The Highly Effective Detective--a hilarious and thrilling series debut featuring a lovable but bumbling private investigator. Meet Teddy Ruzak, the oversized, over-his-head P.I. whose first case begins with the hit-and-run killing of a gaggle of goslings. After his ailing mother dies, Teddy quits his job as a night watchman to fulfill his childhood dream of being a detective. With little planning and even less foresight, he hangs up his shingle and hires his favorite waitress from the local diner to be his Girl Friday. And his first case? Bringing to justice the thoughtless driver who mows down six baby geese. Not the most exciting assignment--until Teddy's "wild-goose chase" quickly evolves into an investigation of a vicious murder.
Richard Yancey is the author of the novels A Burning in Homeland and The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp. Alfred Kropp is the debut novel in a Young Adult series; Publishers Weekly named it one of the best books of 2005. Yancey's memoir, Confessions of a Tax Collector, was published to wide critical acclaim in 2004 and was chosen as one of the ten best books of the year by The Christian Science Monitor. The Highly Effective Detective is his first novel in the Teddy Ruzak series. Richard lives in Flordia with his wife and three sons.