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  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (June 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620070332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620070338
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,695,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the most enjoyable aspects of New Pulp Fiction has been the creation of memorable new heroes by today's pre-eminent pulp writers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Sozaeva VINE VOICE on August 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
Book Info: Genre: Paranormal Noir Mystery/Action/Adventure Reading Level: Adult (has YA character, probably appropriate for readers as young as MG w/ violence warning)

Disclosure: I received a free eBook copy of this novel from Curiosity Quills (the publisher) in exchange for an honest review

Synopsis: A wealthy Hawaiian hotelier is chewed to death by sharks - in his penthouse office. A traveling salesman goes missing - in a shady New England town full of monstrous fishmen. A new casino gets supernaturally good luck in Vegas - thanks to ancient Egyptian magic.

These are the cases taken by Morton Candle and Weatherby Stein. Mort's a hardboiled ex-paratrooper turned two-gun shamus. Weatherby's a fourteen-year-old wiz kid and heir to the greatest family of European sorcerers.

They met in the fury of WWII, when Weatherby and his parents were being held hostage by the Third Reich and Mort's squad was sent to bust them out. Now they're a pair of private detectives specializing in the paranormal, the supernatural and the just plain weird.

But sometimes, arcane evil goes back a long way and a dangerous force from deep in the past of Stein's family is about rise. Weatherby and Mort will put everything they have into stopping it - and it might not be enough

My Thoughts: I read and reviewed the first book in this series, The Stein & Candle Detective Agency: American Nightmares, 4/15/12, and really got a kick out of it. Additionally, I read this author's book Dinosaur Jazz 8/3/12 - Michael Panush is a very talented young writer (he's only 22) and based upon his work so far, I predict great things for him ahead. Thanks to Curiosity Quills for bringing us fresh, young talent like this, to entertain and edify.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Duncan on July 13, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Okay, I'm going to tell you what I liked about this book first and then I'm going to tell you why I'm also a little bit miffed so only gave it four rather than five stars! BEWARE - the miffed bit will contain spoilers.

Well, as in vol 1, this book has lots of action, blazing guns, occult nasties and is mostly written with a touch of humour (although Crimson Catch gets a bit dark). And the best bit of that is, it's better written than vol 1. The stories flow better, the author really seems to have found his voice for Mort and this book is an easy read. Less typos too. I just love Weatherby, he's adorable: a hard-shelled, soft-centred kid doing what he thinks is right, and he even gets to meet a girl :). We also get an origin story for the S&C Detective Agency.

However, why I'm miffed comes in more than one packet, two to be exact.

SPOILERS AFTER THIS POINT

The first one isn't really too big a miff, it's the story The Hollow, which I loved as a premise, but, really, was not much of a story for me, because it broke from the formula that I like about S&CDA. Biggie for me, Weatherby is hardly in it, sidelined for a preacher and Weatherby's sister, Selena. That's not my only problem with it though. Because it jumps in in the middle, it's quite difficult to get a feel for the bad guys (only a bit of tell, not showing about their history) and we jump right to the prep for the big confrontation, no build up, no skirmishes, nothing. So I was a bit disappointed. Although I did like the final battle, monsters gave me the creeps, even if Weatherby had been written out!

I will add that breaking from the formula is not all bad, it works sometimes, like in Business Proposition, where it's told from Weatherby's POV - that really worked.
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Format: Paperback
One of the most enjoyable aspects of New Pulp Fiction has been the creation of memorable new heroes by today's pre-eminent pulp writers. Derrick Ferguson has given us Dillon and Mongrel to name a few. Barry Reese has created a bunch of awesome characters, the most recognizable being the Rook and Lazarus Gray. And the list goes on and on. Which is why this reviewer has become so enamored with Michael Panush's series, STEIN AND CANDLE : Detective Agency which features two of the most original new pulp heroes ever to grace a page of purple prose.

Mort Candle is an ex-Army sergeant tough-guy private eye who is parts Sam Spade and Mike Hammer. Candle's fist often speak louder than his words. His partner is a teenage boy named Weatherby Stein, a German youth whose parents were killed by the Nazis. Weatherby's father was one of the world's leading authorities on the occult and Weatherby was raised studying arcane lore thus making him, even at a young age, an expert in the dark arts. Thus this duo travels the post World War II globe tackling all manner of bizarre adventures. This is the second volume of their cases and like the first is jammed packed with memorable scenes that assure Stein and Candle a reserved niche in the halls of New Pulp Fiction heroes.

"Tiki Terror," has the guys flying to Honolulu, Hawaii to solve a bizarre murder of a hotel magnate who was apparently eaten by sharks in his high-rise office far from the sea. While on the island, Weatherby is reunited with his older sister, Selena, a college student studying anthropology.

"Crimson Catch" takes our duo to the mysterious New England fishing town of Innsmouth where they cross paths with Lovecraft monsters from the deep.
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More About the Author

Twenty-Two years old, Michael Panush has distinguished himself as one of Sacramento's most promising young writers. Michael has published numerous short stories in a variety of e-zines including: AuroraWolf, Demon Minds, Fantastic Horror, Dark Fire Fiction, Aphelion, Horrorbound, Fantasy Gazetteer, Demonic Tome, Tiny Globule, and Defenestration. He is the author of Clark Reeper Tales: The Truthful Telling of the Adventures of the West's Wildest Bounty Hunter, and the Stein and Candle Detective Agency, as well as several upcoming projects from Curiosity Quills.






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