By Parnell Hall
Stanley Hastings, bodyguard? Come on, he does not even hold a gun. yet a best-selling suspense writer's spouse who's getting threatening cell calls hires Stanley to cause them to cease. undesirable flow. the very fact the calls proceed is the least of her worries.
“Hall’s deadpan kind of satire makes mincemeat out of the pretentious writer and his entourage of cynical brokers, editors, and publicists, every one of whom retains telling Stanley (in hilariously abusive discussion) what a awful novel his case may make. emerging above their contempt, the sad-sack detective plods alongside after his consumers, dodging razors and bombs, and selecting up sufficient scorching dish at the publishing exchange to jot down a really humorous ebook of his own.”
—Marilyn Stasio, manhattan instances ebook assessment
“First-class enjoyable from begin to finish.”
“When it involves humor, Parnell corridor maintains to aid set the standard.”
-San Jose Mercury News
“Amusing, tongue in cheek … The milieu with all its vagaries proves a prepared goal for Hall’s well-aimed barbs as he … bargains a delightfully actual account of a bookstall signing.… corridor proves as adept at growing on-page suspense as he's at lampooning it.”
“Hall tells a superb story, creates a solid of colourful, somewhat eccentric characters, and provides them the superior discussion within the genre.”
“Hall has a slyly pleasant time skewering the publishing box and top sellers…Hall most likely had as a lot enjoyable injecting little secret “traditions” because the reader may have learning them.”
—Oline H. Cogdill, fortress Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
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Is there an individual else you gave the quantity out to that you’ve overlooked to say? ” “No, there isn’t. ” “Are you definite? ” “Yes, i'm. ” “Good. nonetheless, should still whatever are evoked, do communicate up. At any expense, you had lunch introduced in? ” “Yes, I did. ” “So you didn’t exit to lunch. Did you exit for the other cause? ” “Yesterday afternoon? ” “Yes, after all. ” “No, I didn’t. ” “You labored directly via? ” “That’s correct. ” “From while to whilst? ”. “From the time Mr. Hastings left until eventually the time I went domestic. ” “What time was once that? ” “Five thirty. That’s while I often get off. ” “Usually? ” “Sometimes if there’s extra paintings I’ll remain later. ” “Yesterday there wasn’t? ” “No, I left at 5 thirty. ” “So you have been there all afternoon? ” “Yes, i used to be. ” “I suppose your supplier can vouch for this? ” David Pryne blinked. “I beg your pardon? ” “Do you may have any corroboration? an individual can vouch for the truth that you have been there? ” “I was once typing. In my place of work. ” “Your place of work? ” “Yes. i assume technically it’s a maid’s room. It’s manage as my workplace. It’s a room within the again hallway the place i will be able to paintings undisturbed. ” “The again hallway. Then not anyone may see you and recognize you have been there? ” David Pryne gulped. His eyes have been broad. He really ran his finger inside his collar. “I don’t be aware of what you’re getting at,” he stated. “I swear I had not anything to do with this. I spent the complete day typing. i will even convey you the paintings. ” “Oh? And what have been you typing? ” “Letters, ordinarily. Answering his fan mail. ” “Fan mail? ” “Sure. Mr. Winnington has plenty of lovers. They write him care of his writer. The writer forwards the letters. now not separately, yet as they gather. A batch got here the previous day. possibly twenty, twenty-five. Mr. Winnington loves to solution his mail for my part. So I learn all these letters, and typed responses for his signature. ” “Wait a minute,” Frost stated. “You spoke back the letters? ” “That’s correct. ” “As for those who have been him? ” “Yes, after all. humans need a own reaction. i am going in the course of the letters, locate one merchandise in each to reply to. That manner humans be aware of they’re now not getting a kind letter. ” “How great for them,” Frost stated. “And did you'll want to check with Mr. Winnington on any of the replies? ” “For fan mail? No, it’s simply regimen. ” “Uh-huh,” Frost stated. “Then he can’t vouch on your presence the day before today afternoon. ” David Pryne, who had comfortable just a little whereas discussing the fan mail, seemed betrayed. “And you can’t vouch for his,” Frost stated. “Mr. Winnington, what have been you doing the day past afternoon? ” “Don’t solution that,” Barney ok. Rancroft installed. ADA Frost made a face. “Haven’t we been over this? Your consumer is cooperating to maintain his identify out of the click. I don’t for a second think he’s a suspect, yet i need to ask those questions. Am I going to listen to the reply, or learn within the paper why I didn’t get one? ” “That feels like a possibility. ” “Then i am hoping it’s effective,” Frost stated. “Are you going to permit your patron to debate what occurred the day past afternoon? ” “I don't have anything to hide,” Kenneth P.