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The Greer Agency Paperback – March 15, 2010
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I do wish that when a case is solved he would at a little more detail to the why and how. Also not start the next chapter with the results of the last case but that is of no consequence if you are reading straight through.
Author: Harris Tobias
Date Published: March 15th 2010
Length: 174 pages
Genre: Crime/Detective fiction
Reviewer: Clayton Bye
The Greer Agency is one man: private detective Mike Greer. He refers to himself as an ordinary guy, just one of the thousands of small businesses who struggle to make a living every day. But maybe he's not so ordinary. When given a chance to elevate the class of clientele he serves, Greer shows a remarkable ability to intuit solutions to all kinds of problems, just by talking to people he knows (Altoona, PA is his home town, after all) or people who have some relation to the case at hand. This terrific opportunity ends with the pudgy, 40 something detective not only elevating his earning power and status, he also gets the girl and gets in shape. Now, if he could just figure out who's trying to kill him...
Harris Tobias has written 15 detective stories about The Greer Agency. These stories are tight, smooth, inventive and a joy to read. No pretension here. No angst. What Tobias has given us is a group of characters we can relate to (even if we sometimes dislike them). And as his aging hero forays into the underbelly of a slowly dying railroad town, if we pay attention--you and I, we might just notice that the line between criminal and the everyday man or woman is awfully slim and often blurred. What I also noticed is how comfortable Mike Greer is in his own skin: he has little difficulty deciding which actions he can live with and what he just can't stomach.
I think The Greer Agency is a damn fine book. Tobias doesn't try to be Spenser or Spade.Read more ›
Michael Greer is a private eye in the town of Altoona, PA. He keeps an office in back of a strip mall church called, Church of the Rising Son. The pastor Alphonse Brown, or just Pastor Al to his friends, isn't your ordinary run of the mill pastor. He runs AA meetings, weight watcher meetings, group therapy sessions and any other group that allows him to make money on the side. By being involved in these groups, there isn't much that goes on in Altoona that gets past Pastor Al and this usually works to Mike's advantage when it comes to his cases, as in the case of the Sikes murder. Without a nudge from Pastor Al and him telling Mike who he should talk to, an innocent man would have been put to death. Of course the bonus that went along with his finding the truth gave him a push too.
One of the first things I found while reading The Greer Agency was that it was different. Very different.Read more ›
The novel is structured as a series of short stories with each chapter having its own beginning, middle, and end. But the characters also grow and change throughout the book, especially in the last few chapters where Greer's conflict with Altoona PA's drug running crime syndicates is detailed.
Tobias's characters are as light and fun as the plot is, but that doesn't mean they are not full and real. Each voice is unique. I loved getting to know Brother Al and Susan, the waitress, but the minor characters were just as much fun. Tracy, Susan's tattoo covered sister was a particular favorite of mine.
"The Greer Agency" reminded me of a well written TV series, only smarter. It is perfect for readers who want to relax, sit back, and enjoy what they're reading. (Steve Lindahl - Author of Motherless Soul)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easy read. Enjoyed the format. Each chapter a different story built into one larger story.Published 9 months ago by tom fitzgerald
The Greer Agency is an easy detective read in the old style of the Sam Spade series. Harris Tobias has built a solid character and surrounded him with others that make the stories... Read morePublished on October 31, 2011 by Glenn O. Parkhurst
Just when I thought I'd have to dig back into the 1930s for worthwhile detective fiction, Harris Tobias writes The Greer Agency! Read morePublished on June 12, 2010 by Salvatore Buttaci
I've never been a fan of private eye novels. Those tough guys with hearts of gold leave me gagging. Luckily that prejudice didn't stop me from picking up Harris Tobias's "The Greer... Read morePublished on April 25, 2010 by Kenneth A. Weene
I loved this book. Fun stuff. Likeable characters, a few plot twists, enough humor to make it sweet and enough violence to spice it up.Published on April 17, 2010 by Russ-tea
A good read. A collection of 30's genre gumshoe tales of the town's only detective. Greer takes on the problems of the desperate citizens of the small town of Altoona, exposing... Read morePublished on April 2, 2010 by S. Hoham
If you've been looking for great detective stories written in the classic style, you'll find them here in Spades. Read morePublished on March 30, 2010 by Michael Collins