Safari (Hardcover)

A Stanley Hastings Mystery (Stanley Hastings Mysteries)

By Parnell Hall

Pegasus Books, 9781605986371, 336pp.

Publication Date: November 15, 2014

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (11/14/2014)
Compact Disc (11/15/2014)
Hardcover, Large Print (5/27/2015)
Compact Disc (11/15/2014)
MP3 CD (11/15/2014)

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The new Stanley Hastings mystery caper, which takes the ever-loquacious private detective on safari in Zambia . . . What could possibly go wrong?

Stanley Hastings on safari? I don’t think so. Neither did Stanley, until Alice’s small inheritance—coupled with scrimping on a few luxuries like food and rent—allowed them to book a group trip to Zambia. Now the New York PI is hiking with lions, canoeing with hippos, and having close encounters with elephants and giraffes.

It’s a dangerous safari. The leader is a reckless, gung-ho, great white hunter who delights in leaping from the jeep with a hearty “Come on, gang, let’s see where this lion is going!” And a series of bizarre accidents quickly dwindles the group’s numbers. Why was the guide’s young spotter foolish enough to walk under a sausage fruit tree . . . just as one of the huge sausage fruits fell? How did the leaves of a poisonous plant wind up in a tourist’s salad? Are these really accidents?

A stabbing tips the scale. It’s murder, and the only policeman in a hundred miles is a park ranger (whose only murder case was that of an ivory poacher shot dead in plain sight).

It’s up to Stanley to crack the case . . . if he can just avoid being eaten by a lion.

About the Author

Parnell Hall is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling Teddy Fay thrillers. He is the author of the Puzzle Lady mysteries, the Stanley Hastings private eye novels, and the Steve Winslow courtroom thrillers. He is a Shamus Award winner, and has been nominated for the Edgar and the Lefty. He lives in New York City.

Praise For Safari: A Stanley Hastings Mystery (Stanley Hastings Mysteries)

Hall’s smooth style, ready sense of humor, and unusual take on murders in an untamed yet confined setting provide an enjoyable outing for armchair travelers.

The Stanley Hastings mysteries depend on subversively sly wordplay. In the violently verbal world he inhabits, Stanley would be happy just to win an argument.
— Marilyn Stasio

In a dry comic voice, Stanley narrates this account of his furtive investigation into three murders that the other tourists observe with remarkable sang-froid.
— Marilyn Stasio, 'The New York Times Book Review'

Stanley's cases have going for them some of the deftest and trickiest puzzle-plotting in the field today.

Parnell Hall succeeds in making Stanley Hastings one of a kind.