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Scam by Parnell Hall
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Another Stanley Hastings classic written by Parnell Hall. The self-deprecating, insecure P.I. who chases ambulances and signs up clients for Rosenberg and Stein, gets scammed by a client who wants him to find the buxom blond who sat with him over drinks at a local bar. Supposedly enmeshed in a proxy battle in his investment firm, Cranston Pritchert is worried that information could be used in the battle to control the firm. Hastings soon learns the client was setting him up. When Hastings discovers Pritchert’s body in the man’s office, things really get weird, bodies begin to pile up, and Stanley finds himself facing multiple murder charges.

Some of the dialogue between Stanley and his friend Sergeant MacAuliffe are sure to bring a grin to your face. Good mystery, funny dialogue, great price for the ebook. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
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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.… (more)

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