By Parnell Hall
(Olmstead Press, Paperback, 9781587541100, 288pp.)
Publication Date: January 2010
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This debut entry in the author's mystery series features actor-turned private investigator Stanley Hastings. Poor Stanley In a word, his pursuits end in Failure. So when Martin Albrecht comes to him with a case for a real detective, Stanley turns him away. Unfortunately, Stanley's damned path leads to his finding Albrecht dead. Well now he's been challenged, so he has to take the case; maybe Stanley will finally prove that he's a real detective. To solve this case Stanley must descend into a modern-day inferno that consists of drugs and mob operations. Will he come out of it alive? A first novel from Parnell Hall, playwright and screenwriter, and actor, introduces erstwhile detective Stanley Hastings who, while engaged in phony detective work in the aid of an insurance swindle, stumbles into his first real case. This is the author's first novel and the initial book in his now lengthy series featuring this Manhattan-based detective, a most unusual private eye. When an almost client turns up dead, this PI goes into an underworld of coke and kicks among the Big Boys of Miami and New York, taking the kind of risks that can get a guy real dead -- real fast.