Oceanview Publishing, 9781608092253, 368pp.
Publication Date: December 20, 2016
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For nine long days, the mayor and district attorney of Reno, Nevada, have been missing. Vanished without a trace. Their vehicles were found parked side-by-side at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Did they fly somewhere together? They aren’t on any flight manifest. Did the two of them take off with a big pile of the city’s money? If so, the city accountants can’t find it. Were they murdered? There’s no sign of foul play. Their disappearances have finally made national news. Enter Mortimer Angel, who’d just quit a thankless job as an IRS agent. Mort is Reno’s newest gumshoe, a private-eye-in-training at his nephew’s detective agency. Just four hours into his new career, Mort finds the mayor—make that, the mayor’s head—in the trunk of Mort’s ex-wife’s Mercedes. The news-hungry media speculates: Did Mort kill the mayor? Did Mort’s ex? As events begin to spin out of control, Mort realizes things have been out of control since the night before he started his new career, the night he found the unknown naked blonde in his bed.
About the Author
Rob Leininger grew up in California before joining the navy. He served aboard heavy cruisers during the Vietnam War and also at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. He received a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Nevada and worked on Trident missiles for Hercules, and “black” defense projects for Northrop Corp. Leininger’s novels Black Sun and Killing Suki Floodhave been optioned for feature films by Warner Bros. Before deciding to write full time, Leininger taught high school math in Reno, Nevada, where he now lives.
Praise For Gumshoe: A Novel…
“All Mortimer Angel wants to do is shed the skin of his previous incarnation as a disaffected IRS field agent, and begin his exciting new life as a Private Investigator. Full of fanciful ideas and preconceived notions of what being a P.I. means, Mort soon finds himself in the thick of an ongoing mystery involving the missing mayor and the D.A. of Reno, NV. As the dead start cropping up all around him, and a naked blonde shows up out of nowhere, his new life is turning out to be almost too much for this gumshoe to handle! Will Mort be able to use his newly acquired detective skills to solve this case? Or will Mort's P.I. days be over before they truly begin?
Rob Leininger has spun an electrifying suspense novel, full of twists and turns! Mortimer Angel is the shining gem in this tale. His rapier wit and tongue-in-cheek manner are an ongoing source of amusement. Likeable characters, crisp dialogue, and an intriguing storyline add up to a flawless execution of this hardboiled thriller. Mr. Leininger does a masterful job of intensifying that "pins and needles" feeling that will have one on the edge of their seat right up until the very end!
Gumshoe is a standout novel with a finale that will leave the reader stunned and eagerly awaiting the next effort from the talented Mr. Leininger.”- - InD'tale Magazine