Oliver, Steve.

ISBN 10: 0964413876 / ISBN 13: 9780964413870
Published by Seattle: Off By One Press. (1996.) dj, 1996
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. The author's very highly praised first book, featuring one of the most off-center detectives of modern times: "Scott Moody has a few problems. HeÕs fresh out of a mental hospital. His wife has left him. He drives a taxi and occupies a dumpy apartment. He lives in the obscure inland city of Spokane, Washington and takes frequent doses of Thorazine. He became a private investigator after hallucinations about Humphrey Bogart. Now heÕs involved with the police who donÕt think it was a good idea. .a compelling, humorous mystery and also a portrait of the pathology of madness. Illustrations by the author. SIGNED on the title page. 236 pp. Fine in fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 42908

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Publisher: Seattle: Off By One Press. (1996.) dj

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The first book in a new series! Scott Moody, out of the psychiatric hospital for three months drives a taxi through Spokane to pay the rent. He decides to become a private investigator after hallucinations about Humphrey Bogart. His first case is an investigation into the disappearance of a local real estate mogul whose wife turns out to have been Moody's ex-girlfriend.

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This first novel about a PI who is just out of a mental hospital and driving a taxi in Spokane, Wash., in 1978 has a few interestingly mordant moments, but they don't add up to much more than a decided oddity. "As I entered my apartment I almost knocked over Irving. He's a philodendron who resides on the table by the front window. He passed away two months ago when I was first out of the hospital and not doing too well at taking care of other living things." So says Scott Moody early on, setting a coy tone that rapidly begins to grate. "It's 1978, after all, and things are strange for everyone," he says on the same page?the first of literally dozens of times the date is mentioned. Moody, we soon learn, applied for his PI license while he was in the hospital, after having a hallucinatory chat with Humphrey Bogart. The case which keeps him busy?when he's not pushing his cab around Spokane's seedier streets or fighting off the many women who seem to find him fascinating?involves the missing husband of a temptress who was Moody's high-school flame. But the author, a Seattle-based former journalist and computer programmer, succeeds neither in creating a compelling story line nor in convincing us to believe in Moody or his setting.
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