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

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Length: 183 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 492 KB
  • Print Length: 183 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Mockingbird Songs & Stories (December 24, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 24, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006Q1V2XQ
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Thanks to my KF & Amazon, I got this as a "freebie"...an enticement to check out different authors.
This is the first of the Stanley Bentworth mysteries and promises some fun reading time! The over-use of "last cigarette ever", & "last drink" are a bit much, but the plots & subplots are well developed. Will I purchase more in the series? Haven't decided yet.
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