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Change of Address (A Spencer Manning Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Rick Polad
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Book Description

Spencer Manning decides not to follow in his Dad's police footsteps and instead gets a PI license. Tracking down an unknown father involves him in murder and drugs as his first case leads him to a Chicago racetrack and the mayor's house.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1177 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Calumet Editions (November 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,185 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Change of Address March 8, 2013
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Change of Address

Rick Polad's book,Change of Address, is in the best tradition of Robert Parker. The book is about characters, and it has plenty of them to keep you on the edge of your seat wondering how Chicago private eye, Spenser Manning, will carry the day. Throughout the book, Polad's well-crafted plot is set against the background of Manning's personal life - virtues, vices, dilemmas - so that we see the man in greater context with his adversaries and own personal demons. The story line, which revolves around a missing person case but eventually evolves into murder and kidnapping, is multidimensional and complex, but Polad's writing is clear and concise, deftly taking the reader on a journey through two-bit diners with pushy cooks and clientele to hip jazz clubs frequented by a special segment of Chicago's musical underworld, and friends. But it doesn't stop there as Manning pursues his case into slum sleazy neighborhoods and a silver spoon horse stable frequented by asses -- with the exception of one mare that Manning rides away with. Polad's protagonists and antagonists are equally entertaining as is the entire book and I highly recommend it and hope that Rick Polad has in mind to continue this Spenser Manning series. A terrific start to a promising writer.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hope to read another Spencer Manning mystery! December 28, 2012
By pdmc64
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I very much enjoyed reading Change of Address, and especially liked Spencer Manning, the detective. The story kept me wanting to read more and the clues kept me guessing right until the end. Being from Chicago, I enjoyed the historical references to my beloved home town. This story provided a pleasing blend of mystery, humor, surprise, and yes...a little romance. I found it to be entertaining and clever...the perfect combination. I look forward to more Spencer and am excited that there is another on the way!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not good enough May 20, 2013
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I finished reading Change of Address last night and enjoyed it but wasn't completely satisfied.

While I liked Spencer, the PI in the story, he wasn't completely believable. He seemed too naive for a police captain's son, a young man with a degree in psychology and law enforcement, and for someone who went to the police academy. I can relate to his enthusiasm for wanting to get the 'bad guys' off the street and struggling with legal restrictions; I also understand breaking some rules to save a life, but it's not believable that he would continually expect Stosh to break rules when Spencer should know the consequences. Also, "cuz" for because, is a little too much. And then, when I finished the book, though it didn't seem like the end to me, chapters 34-45 were repeated. I thought at first that I had just lost track of chapters or that it was 'deja vu' where information left out the first time around was coming to light, but it was just chapters being repeated. One last thing, Spencer shares too much confidential information with too many people. If I ever need a PI, I'll want someone who can keep things 'private' and not share information with everyone he trusts.

I did enjoy the book, but a little rewriting (in my opinion) would make it better; and the repeated chapters need to be taken out. If I come across another Spencer Manning mystery by Rick Polad, I'll probably give it a try to see if Spencer has grown as a character. I give Mr. Polad credit; I don't have the ideas to write a book; he does.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, Old Fashioned Fun September 17, 2013
To be clear, this book's genre was a step outside the box for the author of Matter of Resistance, a YA science fiction novel. But, in the spirit of reading outside my niche' to avoid literary stagnation, I gave it a shot. And I was pleased to find myself caught up as easily as I would my own genres.
Change of Address has great imagery, hot dames, hotter weather, and a P.I. getting mixed too deeply into bad circumstances. The details may not be exactly what you expect, but the "feel" absolutely is. Rick Polad takes you through the streets of Chicago with a solid first person detective adventure. His writing was spot-on for an easy read, with just the right amount of imagery interspersed with dialogue and down time between action sequences.
Though I'm not an editor, I noted some consistent places I thought commas needed to be. However, they were consistent and easily ignored after I caught the pattern of them.
Requisite caveat: I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read, great characters April 23, 2013
By Belle52
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I thoroughly enjoyed Rick Polad's first novel Change of Address. Written in the first person POV, the story unfolds for the reader as it does for the main character Spencer. I found Spencer to be vulnerable and genuine as well as motivated. I loved how he cared about the people he dealt with throughout the story. I also loved the local references. Having grown up on the north side of Chicago, it was fun to see so many references to familiar places from my childhood. I felt like Spencer Manning could have been somebody that I grew up with. There was also plenty of action to keep the story moving. The characters and story stayed with me even when I had to set the book aside for a few days, I was able to pick right up where I left off, anxious to see how it played out. I've always been a fan of the mystery genre and this was a clever, and enjoyable read. Looking forward to more Spencer Manning mysteries.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Rick Polad's books
I could not put it down once I picked it up. A great story with crazy twist that keep the reader sucked in.
Published 23 days ago by Amelie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great buy
Published 23 days ago by DANIEL D. HOUY
5.0 out of 5 stars Great page-turner and start to a promising series
Great page-turner and start to a promising series. I like the interaction with the local police, and the sense of the family and politics of the city. Read more
Published 26 days ago by SciDude52
4.0 out of 5 stars A modern gumshoe with a hint of noir.
An entertaining entry into detective fiction cannon. Spencer Manning has the right amount of backstory for a strong but flawed main character. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Emily Kaplan
5.0 out of 5 stars My New Favorite Mystery Series!
I just finished reading this book (#1 in the series) and really enjoyed it. The plot was full of unexpected twists and turns that kept me guessing all the way through. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Rita Butler
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story and a new private detective hero
I didn't think I would like this book. It wasn't because of the book or the author. I had just read about a dozen free Kindle books, all of which were bad. This was good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars I've Found the Mystery Section
I have to admit, I'm new to this genre. I was hesitant to pick up a mystery novel as I tend to read fantasy, historical fiction, or non-fiction. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeanine Clark Bremer
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read - very entertaining mystery
I heard about this book from a family member, so decided to give it a try. It was very entertaining. I did not need to force myself to pick up the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ian
4.0 out of 5 stars Spencer Manning - great myster series
I have read all three of the Spencer Manning mysteries and thoroughly enjoyed all of them - mysteries are my favorite genre. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marianne-M
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a fun, fast read with a story that kept me ...
This was a fun, fast read with a story that kept me turning the pages. It had an interesting plot and good characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Trav
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More About the Author

Rick Polad teaches Earth science and volunteers with the Coast Guard on Lake Michigan. For over a decade, Rick has given editorial assistance to award-winning photographer Bruce Roberts and historian/author Cheryl Shelton-Roberts on several of their maritime-themed publications including North Carolina Lighthouses: Stories of History and Hope, and the third edition of American Lighthouses: A Comprehensive Guide to Exploring Our National Coastal Treasures. Rick also edited the English version of Living With Nuclei, the memoirs of Japanese physicist, Motoharu Kimura. After decades of reading mysteries, Rick has decided to try his hand at writing them.

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