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by Parnell Hall
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0892966238, Hardcover)Parnell Hall's Scam proves once and for all that murder can be funny--as well as mind-boggling. The charming hero of Hall's series of mysteries is Stanley Hastings, a nonviolent, slightly neurotic investigator who pays the rent by working for a New York negligence lawyer. When one of Stanley's clients claim he's being set up by one of the partners in an investment firm, the erstwhile PI doesn't take him seriously--until the bodies pile up and Stanley falls under suspicion of murder.
Hall performs miraculous feats in the course of this rollicking tale: he constructs a remarkably labyrinthine plot and manages to tie off all the loose ends while maintaining a madcap pace marked by hilarious crosstalk and knockabout interactions between Stanley and his cop foil that would do P. G. Wodehouse proud. For crime and comedy under one cover, Scam is a perfect choice.
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PI Stanley Hastings of New York is hired by an investment dealer who picked up a woman and got knocked over the head. The dealer suspects he is being set up for a financial scam and wants Hastings to find the woman. The case takes a new turn when the dealer is murdered.
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