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Hall, Parnell

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ISBN 10: 155611169X / ISBN 13: 9781556111693
Published by Donald I. Fine Inc., 1990
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Title: Client

Publisher: Donald I. Fine Inc.

Publication Date: 1990

Book Condition:Fair

Edition: 1st.

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"What's wrong with me?" is the thought that crosses Stanley Hastings's mind when he gets his first paying client. Stanley has absolutely no interest in being a P.I., but hey, he needs to pay the bills. The novice P.I.'s first victim . um . client is Marvin Nickleson, an ex-husband on the rampage. Stanley's first job seems easy-just get a picture of Nickleson's ex-wife with another man-until . well . he finds her DEAD AS A DOORNAIL. The murder weapon? In Stanley's car, of course. Stanley's second case is to save his own hide. What will this aspiring-writer-turned-detective do?

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In his fifth adventure ( Detective ; Murder ; etc.) New York private eye Stanley Hastings is still working for a sleazy lawyer, who generally sends him out to take depositions from "victims" in accident cases. Then Stanley finally gets a real client: Marvin Nickleson isn't likable, and tailing his estranged wife Monica isn't at all appealing, but Stanley--a would-be action-writer with a wife, a small child and a big dental bill--needs the money. Surveillance is uneventful until Monica drives out of town and checks into a motel near Poughkeepsie. The next morning, she's dead--though she isn't really Monica, the real Marvin isn't Stanley's client and Stanley is the chief murder suspect. The only clues are the first three letters of a license plate and a man in a checked cap, which eventually lead the detective to a land-zoning bribery scam. The ending is a bit pallid, and Stanley talks too much, but he's an appealing character nonetheless.
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