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Drop Dead, My Lovely
by Ellis Weiner
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451211170, Hardcover)From Ellis Weiner, contributor to legendary humor publications National Lampoon and Spy as well as the New York Times, The New Yorker, and many more, comes a debut novel that's drop dead funny...
For Pete Ingalls, being a P.I. means walking the streets, wearing a fedora, and solving crimes. So, far he's got the first two of those down. Not bad for a mild-mannered bookstore clerk who got hit in the head with a ruthless stack of hardcovers, only to wake up in a daze of outdated wisecracks, tough talk, and no recollection of his former life.
Now, with a hard-boiled attitude and a thoroughly scrambled brain, Ingalls decides to open his own detective agency. He hires a mouthy dame as his secretary and the damsels in distress start showing up. Soon Pete's tracking down all sorts of shadowy characters-not to mention a real live dead body-with nothing to go on but a healthy dose of delusion behind his squinting eyes. And he's making a holy mess of everything...
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"Meet Pete Ingalls, a tough-talking, hard-boiled private investigator who sets up shop in New York City and commences looking for trouble. He rents an office, places an ad, and starts receiving clients - real dames with real problems. And then a perfectly nice citizen turns up perfectly dead." "Ingalls is ready. He's got the suit. He's got the fedora. He's got the initials P.I. And he's got the savvy and the cynicism of a battle-wary gumshoe who's seen it all." "Except he hasn't seen it all. In fact he hasn't seen anything and doesn't know what the hell he's doing. In Pete Ingalls's deeply confused mind, he walks the mean streets like some kind of Philip Marlowe clone, a brave and incorruptible champion of the truth. The reality is somewhat different. And everyone he meets thinks he's putting them on." "Cute? It gets better. Lucky for Ingalls, he's got a secretary - Stephanie Constantino, an aspiring actress in need of a day job. She's got a mouth on her and she's not shy about expressing her opinions - to Pete, his clients, cops, and killers. But she has nice gams and (unlike her boss) a real talent for solving crimes. First, though, she has to be convinced that this delusional nut bar is for real. It's Pete Ingalls's first case - and who dunit is only half the story."--BOOK JACKET.
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