Dick Henry calls himself the “Shortcut Man.” Whether he’s hired by a landlord coping with a deadbeat tenant or a woman whose widowed father is being bilked by a pen pal, Henry is there with a smile, a fist, a solution—and no annoying paperwork. His simple approach gets complicated, however, when the client is a porn producer who wants to know if his gorgeous young wife is cheating. It turns out that Henry already knows the wife, biblically, but by another name. Henry’s fix only works until the client decides he wants more information, and soon the Shortcut Man is navigating an unpredictable series of detours in an effort to keep himself—and his love life—alive. This fast and funny debut paints a wickedly comic portrait of L.A. in all its sprawling seediness, only losing momentum when it shifts from Henry’s lively, first-person voice to third-person scenes with the other characters, who just aren’t as interesting. But if you start reading, you’ll want to finish. Just don’t peek at the ending. --Keir Graff
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"I was hooked on his quirky characters and original plot turns. By the spectacularly unexpected conclusion, I was floored. Now I can hardly wait for the second installment. . . Mr. Sturges' writing is flip and hip, influenced by a line of predecessors from Raymond Chandler to Elmore Leonard, but the unconventional writer adds a sassy cynicism of his own."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"A rollicking new LA crime novel. . . . A well-paced and suspenseful damn good read, full of deft observations, honest sentiment, and screwball touches that would make his father proud."--Los Angeles Review of Books