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On the Street Where You Die (Stanley Bentworth mysteries Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Al Stevens
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Stanley Bentworth is not all that tough. Previously a homicide cop, he drank his way out of a job and now runs a one-man private eye agency finding people who don’t want to be found. He doesn’t accept tough-guy assignments, calling himself a “soft-boiled detective,” but a recession is on, and business is off, so when a wealthy financier, formerly a mob enforcer, needs an anonymous blackmailer found in a life and death situation, Stanley seizes the chance to earn a fee.

If he fails, the blackmailer outs his client to the wise guys, in which case the client gets a one-way ticket to the landfill, and Stanley risks becoming an unwilling passenger on that ride.

He knows he must not fail, no small feat given that Stanley Bentworth is not all that tough.


Product Details

  • File Size: 371 KB
  • Print Length: 183 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mockingbird Songs & Stories (December 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006Q1V2XQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,030 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice beginning for a series December 5, 2013
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I was very surprised to see that Al, who I knew was a competent technical writer, had written a mystery. And I was even more delighted to find that I liked this first one a lot. Stanley is engaging, the plot is interesting and it ended all too soon. So I am moved to buy the other two while the Kindle editions are still priced low, which is probably the best endorsement of all. Once again giving away the first novel in the series pays off.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading this book December 30, 2013
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I enjoyed reading this book. Most refreshing part is that the protagonist is not a big, tough guy and he still gets the job done, even when he gets in over his head. Usually I have the ending figured out before the writer finally spells it out. An easy read, not a lot of big words that I needed to look up and written by an American in American English. This is a book written in a current setting, with some technology twists and a small amount of violence and sex that add to the value of the read.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very refreshing main character! January 17, 2014
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On a whim, I had downloaded and started reading the 3rd installment of this series, 'Clueless', not knowing what to expect. However, after reading the first 15% of that book, I liked it so much that I stopped and went back and bought the first two of the series so I could read them in order. This one introduces us to Stanley Bentworth, a former homicide detective now working as a self-employed private investigator. Stanley is just an average run-of-the-mill kind of guy...not another swaggering, macho, superstud alpha male. He's not a tough guy (by his own reckoning), he's not a ladies man, he's not the cleverest or smartest or anything close to it. He's got a self-effacing sense of humor, and an apathetic demeanor about most things in his life, and that's what makes these books so refreshingly different and entertaining. The story itself is still serious and dramatic, with people being killed, threatened, and assaulted, but it's told in such a smooth (and humorous) manner that makes it a very enjoyable read. Wide variety of characters, with wit and sarcasm aplenty. This may not be an epic novel per the likes of John Grisham or Michael Crichton, but it is a very fun and entertaining book that I thoroughly enjoyed.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OK, this is one very FUN detective book to read. March 26, 2012
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First off, I am not a fan of the Private Investigator genre of mystery novels. In fact, I rarely even like mystery novels. I purchased this book after a chance meeting with the author via the wonderous environment of the internet and writer's discussion forums.

The first couple of chapters gave me a bit of a problem, but once I settled in and got familiar with the characters, the book stayed at the top of my Kindle for the next week until it was read.

Essentially, Stevens has created a PI by the name of Stan Bentworth whose departure from a mid-sized police department in Maryland was under less than perfect circumstances. Bentworth's investigative mind is incredibly sharp, but unlike most cliché PI novels, Bentworth is not tough, he's not a shooter or Rambo kind of PI, he doesn't drive a sports car or even a pickup truck (he drives a compact station-wagon), and he's not sexy looking or muscular.

But in the real world, clients hire private investigators for their brains, not their brawn and looks. To that end, Bentworth is one hell of a good investigator.

Business is slow when he gets a case. . .from an ex-mobster. . . an ex-enforcer (read: very LARGE, VERY TOUGH) for the mob who got fingered for a crime, cut a deal, went into witness protection and while in, learned the (legitimate) investment business and is now a gazillionaire.

Problem is, he's being blackmailed and he hires Bentworth to find out who.

Bentworth finds out who is doing the blackmailing and rather than that solving the case, it not only complicates it, but casts his client under suspicions--for murder.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Attention holding 'whodunit'! June 15, 2014
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If you love mysteries this book is a good read. For one it was clean. Not a lot of descriptive gore or sex. Had a
good story that held your attention. The characters were your regular everyday people, you could read without a lot of cringing at the vocabulary. I give this book a thumbs up, truly enjoyed it. It even ended without leaving a lot of questions.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE STANLEY BENTWORTH December 7, 2013
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This is the first book in a very promising series.Stanley Bentworth tells it like it is.I
loved his humorous attitude toward life.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good action book, funny too January 17, 2014
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This is a good action, uncomplicated book with terms and characters we have seen in Law and Order. Stanley has a sense of humor similar to Lenny Briscoe's
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little vulgar February 28, 2014
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I would have thoroughly enjoyed this book if it had been less vulgar. The author has an easy-to-read, witty style and created very likeable characters. I'd like to read more about Stanley and his nephew but...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very active and keeps you engaged and in suspense!
Published 6 days ago by marylou
1.0 out of 5 stars vulgar
Not worth the read really foul language. I knew I should not have downloaded it but sometime you can get a fairly decent not so vulgar mystery from non Christian writers.
Published 20 days ago by RevBobH
4.0 out of 5 stars Good first effort
Enjoyed the story and dialogue. Somewhat trite at times but a fun read. Looking forward to the second book. Thanks.
Published 22 days ago by Sandra K.
5.0 out of 5 stars New Favourite Author
Oh how I loved this book ... Who needs sleep anyway :) ...
Published 24 days ago by Bernice
5.0 out of 5 stars worth reading
OMG this is a really great book I was into reading it from page one and couldn't put it down
Published 25 days ago by happy in long beach
5.0 out of 5 stars On the Street Where You Die
Five stars, this was a easy never put it down kind of READ. I.m looking forward to the next Stanley installment, well done all the way.
Published 28 days ago by Bobbi Jo Cronick
5.0 out of 5 stars G-R-E-A-T !!
Nothing short of GREAT! One of the best books I have ever read--could not put it down! This story has suspense, humor, twists and turns, and unlike other stories all the action is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by William S. Lis
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
If you are a fan of who-done-it's and how-is-it-done then this is a great tale for you. I am looking forward to more Stanley Bentworth in my life.
Published 1 month ago by Judy Markham
1.0 out of 5 stars If the character is that dumb, it doesn't bode well for the rest of...
I bailed out on this book early because of the implausibility. A detective takes a $1000 to plunge into an obvious mob situation, manly because he's behind on his rent and employee... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bill Zahren
5.0 out of 5 stars clever and very entertaining
The characters are gentle, firm and credible. The pace is lively. The premise is plausible, in an outlandish way.

I'd liken the tale to a soft boiled Mickey Spilane.
Published 1 month ago by Edward casey
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More About the Author

Al Stevens is a writer and musician. He is the author of more than two dozen books on computer programming and use and countless magazine articles. For fifteen years, Stevens was the C Programming Columnist for Dr. Dobb's Journal, an international magazine for computer programmers.

Al lives in Florida with his wife Judy and a menagerie of cats. He ventures out to play with local jazz groups. He also performs as a comedy ventriloquist.

You can read more at Al's website, http://www.alstevens.com.

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