The Highly Effective Detective Crosses the Line (Hardcover)

A Mystery

By Richard Yancey

Minotaur Books, 9780312383107, 240pp.

Publication Date: February 15, 2011

List Price: 24.99*
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In this fourth installment of Rick Yancey’s touching and funny Highly Effective Detective Series, lovable but bumbling PI Teddy Ruzak is out of his league again, and this time, things are getting serious.

Farrell, one of Teddy’s old friends, is in desperate need of Teddy’s help. His daughter Isabella’s ex-boyfriend, locked up for assault, is days away from being released from jail, and Farrell knows his first stop out of the slammer will be at his daughter’s door. Farrell enlists Teddy to keep any eye on Isabella.

But when the bad seed ex-boyfriend turns out to have associates even more alarming than he is,Teddy finds himself dealing with truly dangerous criminals. To make matters worse, Felicia, his secretary, is being threatened by mysterious men whom she can’t seem to shake.

Can Teddy keep Felicia getting hurt while still protecting Isabella? And do his strong feelings towards Felicia run deeper than just a friend looking out for a friend? This funny and engaging mystery starring Teddy Ruzak will delight and entertain his many devoted fans.

About the Author

RICHARD YANCEY is the author of the YA novels "The Monstrumologist" and "The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp." His memoir, "Confessions of a Tax Collector," was named one of the ten best books of the year by "The Christian Science Monitor." This is his fourth mystery in the Highly Effective Detective series.

Praise For The Highly Effective Detective Crosses the Line: A Mystery

Praise for The Highly Effective Detective series

“Yancey deserves mention with the wackiest of today’s comic crime novelists...similar to Donald E. Westlake or Carl Hiassen.”--Booklist on The Highly Effective Detective Goes to the Dogs

"Move over, Sam Spade. A priceless nebbish has joined the private-eye ranks. An adorably quixotic adventure."--Kirkus Reviews

“Delightful…Yancey has given Teddy a distinctive voice – wry, rambling, and self-reflective – that will endear this surprisingly effective bumbler to all kinds of mystery readers.”--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“It is difficult to top an outstanding series debut, but Yancey does so here with great aplomb. For readers who enjoy humorous mysteries with quirky detectives in the tradition of Janet Evanovich.” --Library Journal

“A delightful and easygoing whodunit.” --The New York Post