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by Parnell Hall
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0892966246, Hardcover)Stanley Hastings, hero of Parnell Hall's novel, Suspense, is not one of those derring-do private eyes, such as Spenser or Mike Hammer--guys who will put their lives on the line for a client. Stanley prefers his cases as unchallenging as possible. So he's understandably reluctant when a bestselling author hires him to find out who's been making threatening phone calls to the writer's wife. Stanley's reluctance turns out to be prescient indeed when the case turns deadly and Stanley stumbles into the role of prime suspect. As if all this weren't bad enough, he's also up to his neck in the shark-infested waters of publishing. Hall has a way with comedy and, in Suspense, he does a fine job of biting the hand that feeds him, wickedly satirizing publicists, editors, agents, and authors even as his hapless hero combs the streets of Manhattan in search of a killer.
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A murder mystery featuring PI Stanley Hastings, hired to find out who is making threatening calls to a writer's house. A look at the publishing world, with its jealousies and back stabbing, through the eyes of a PI who is also an aspiring writer.
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