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Hall, Parnell.
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First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Pegasus Crime, 2013.
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281 pages ; 24 cm
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"A Stanley Hastings mystery"--Dust jacket.
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Stanley Hastings finally felt like a real PI, staking out a New Jersey motel to get evidence on a woman's cheating husband. It should have been a piece of cake. Only the husband wasn't cheating, someone killed him, and the cops are trying to pin the murder on the man apprehended at the scene, who just happens to be Stanley.

To clear his name, Stanley will wind up jumping bail, impersonating a police officer, staking out a mob boss, and appropriating a murder weapon from a sassy Jersey Girl who keeps trying to distract him by ripping her clothes off. And that's just for starters . . .

Author Notes

Parnell Hall is a part-time actor, a former private detective, singer/songwriter, and full-time writer of novels and screenplays. He writes the Stanley Hastings Mystery series, the Steve Winslow courtroom drama series, and the Puzzle Lady Mystery series. He also writes under the pseudonym J. P. Hailey. He wrote the screenplay to the 1984 movie C.H.U.D.

Hall co-authored New York Times bestseller Smooth Operator with Stuart Woods.

(Bowker Author Biography) Parnell Hall has been nominated for the Edgar, the Shamus, and the Lefty Awards for his mysteries. Bantam will publish his third Puzzle Lady mystery, Puzzled to Death, in Fall 2001. He lives in New York City.

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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Stanley Hastings is a private investigator who usually spends his time outing folks who fake injuries in minor car accidents in hopes of getting an insurance settlement. But now he has a real case almost. He's hired to get the goods on a philandering husband, but someone kills the hubby while Stanley is staking out the hot-sheet motel where the man evidently had a romantic rendezvous planned. Hapless Stanley is arrested at the motel because, well, he's at the scene with the body. Now Stanley has a real case, like a real PI, even if he is his own client. In no particular order, he jumps bail, seriously annoys a Mob boss, talks a constantly disrobing New Jersey floozy out of the murder weapon, and impersonates a police officer. Stanley, who seems to have more in common with Barney Fife than Sam Spade, is actually a pretty fair detective, and, more important, his narration is witty, self-deprecating, and observant. The plot is logical in a convoluted sort of way, and the resolution is satisfying. Stakeout continues the Hastings tradition of murder with a wink and a smile.--Lukowsky, Wes Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Despite 17 previous outings, Stanley Hastings still hasn't learned much, as shown by Hall's enjoyable 18th caper to feature the bumbling New York PI (after 2010's Caper). Hired to tail suspected adulterer Philip Marston by his wife, Julie, Hastings manages to get himself arrested on suspicion of murder after following Philip to New Jersey and finding him shot to death in a motel room. Fortunately, he has a small support group made up of his wife, Alice; his employer, lawyer Richard Rosenberg; and NYPD Sgt. William MacAullif. The three alternate between castigating the detective for his many errors and offering advice that he typically interprets in a way that only leads him deeper into trouble. Hastings's further mishaps include finding a second body, illegally confiscating a gun and possible murder weapon, and generally doing everything possible to tighten the noose around his neck. Hall's always amusing wordplay complements Hastings's Clouseau-like investigative techniques. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.