Other Sellers on Amazon
Gumshoe in the Dark (5) (The Mortimer Angel Series) Hardcover – June 1, 2021
Enhance your purchase
Books with Buzz
Discover the latest buzz-worthy books, from mysteries and romance to humor and nonfiction. Explore more
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
“Gumshoe in the Dark is the best Gumshoe yet. Classic brilliant private eye magic from one of the mystery world's top practitioners.” —John Lescroart, New York Times best-selling author
“Outstanding! From its opening line to its satisfying denouement, Rob Leininger's Gumshoe in the Dark is a tightly plotted, deftly executed, wickedly funny, and wildly entertaining story. Mortimer Angel is a protagonist worth rooting for, and Gumshoe in the Dark will keep you up late. Highly recommended.” —Sheldon Siegel, New York Times best-selling author
Praise for the Mortimer Angel Gumshoe Series
“The Mort Angel books are instant PI classics–smart, slick, charming, and highly recommended.” —Lee Child, New York Times best-selling author
* “Gumshoe, the first in the series, was a Shamus nominee, and the author continues to develop Mort’s character and his snappy repartee. Readers who loved Robert B. Parker’s Spenser or Matt Goldman’s Nils Shapiro will appreciate the humor and investigative work in this outstanding example of the PI novel.” —Library Journal (Starred Review)
“Once this novel is picked up, the reader will be reluctant to put it down . . . bring on the next adventure, Mr. Leininger. We’ll be waiting!” —New York Journal of Books
“So delightful are [Mort and Lucy's] scenes together that we’re sorry the two have to get to work. A high-speed, easy-reading narrative.” —Booklist
“A high-spirited pipe dream of nonstop wisecracks, female pulchritude, and physical combat.” —Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
- Publisher : Oceanview Publishing (June 1, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1608094332
- ISBN-13 : 978-1608094332
- Item Weight : 1.54 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,297,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
start with the first book then work your way through - you won’t be disappointed!!!
In this one, what's going on is plenty. Former IRS agent Mortimer Angel, now training to become a fully licensed private detective in Nevada, has set out to find a wayward young man who has become, unbeknownst to him, heir to a small fortune. On the road to find him and many miles from anything close to civilization, he can't resist stopping to help the beautiful Harper Leland, who's scantily clad and stranded in the rain. When she tries to hijack his truck, Mort quickly snips off a valve on one of the tires - effectively bringing her to a stop. When they learn the spare tire is flat as well, they have to get creative to get going or else spend the night on a lonely stretch of road.
Realizing that they may be being followed, Mort concludes that Harper may be central to some of the suspicious things that seen to be happening to them (although she denies it). Amid all this, the state attorney general has gone missing and two teenagers have been murdered - with no connection that anyone has found. Mort stays on track to humor Harper and keep looking for the soon-to-be-rich kid while his mentor Maude Clary, an older woman who rules the office with an iron mouth, warns Mort over and over that if he finds another dead body (or any parts thereof), he's fired.
Despite all of Mort's efforts, of course, he and Harper find mayhem and mayhem returns the favor - resulting in Mort's wife Lucy, who's got serious chops of her own in a number of areas (and inexplicably, more than willing to join in with the getting-naked jibes) meeting up with them. All three get stuck in some impossibly dangerous situations covered with plenty of blood and gore and only Mort's aforementioned creativity - combined with a few almost unbelievable contortions by Lucy - can hope to save them. Can they find out what's really going on before at least one of them bites the dust? I'll never tell, so if you want to find out, you'll just have to read the book (just for the record, I always advise starting at the beginning with any series, but you won't be disappointed if you opt for this one).
Although I enjoyed this book overall, I must mention that after the first couple of chapters I grew weary of the unrelenting risque repartee between Mort and Harper. Yes, he's a healthy male and she's wearing dripping wet next to nothings, but he's also married, in his mid-40s and she's a five-year schoolteacher - both well beyond the years when bathroom banter is age-appropriate, at least in my mind. For a while, it was sort of amusing; but when it was still outdoing the Energizer Bunny at the 25% mark, I literally said to myself, "Okay - I'll give it one more chapter and if it doesn't stop, I will." Since you're reading this, it did - at least enough that I could find an actual plot to follow that was both interesting and intriguing. Thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for giving me the opportunity to read and review a pre-release copy.
Following 2019’s GUMSHOE ROCK, trouble takes center stage in this fifth installment, since the Great Gumshoe is devoted to his wife. Mort mulls: “I’d thought that old post-IRS karma was defunct now that I’d married Lucy.” Mort’s on the simple assignment of tracking down the schlemiel grandnephew of a forebear who’d bequeathed $680,000, if he’s located within a month. Otherwise, the stash goes to various no-kill animal shelters.
Harper Leeman (tribute to the author of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD) is 28 and alone on a rural road 30 miles from the nearest whistle-stop reminiscent of Lucille’s Roadhouse along Route 66, as a thunderstorm approaches—a cold, dark and stormy night. What could possibly go wrong?
Who could blame Mort for pulling over to aid a damsel in distress? Before he can exit his pickup, Harper points a pistol at him. Sonofa…gun. He grabs his overnight bag and walks to the back of the truck, as instructed. Before she can hijack the pickup, Mort slices the tire valve. “Cut off a valve stem and tires go flat in a hurry.” That karma thing? The spare is flat.
Whirlwind plot twists reveal that two local teens have gone missing, as has the Nevada attorney general, Harper’s estranged mom. Now, a sinister bruiser in a black behemoth vehicle asks if Mort has seen a gal matching Harper’s description. Nope! Mort fails to mention she’s hiding in the truck. Harper sits on Mort’s lap to balance the three-wheeled vehicle, as they snail-pace it to a town without a motel. Things get worse—or better—depending upon perspective.
Totally devoted to Lucy, he calls from a cellphone dead zone using an antiquated landline: “Got a real kickass story to tell you, babe.” That tale includes spending the night nude with Harper while their storm-soaked clothes tumble in a dryer. Lucy does, however, implicitly trust Mort. Simple math doesn’t add up, though. How long can it take to track down a feckless nephew? That, and multiply the sum by a missing attorney general and two vanished teens. Lucy’s intuition prompts a visit a few days later. Send in the cavalry.
There is less humor than previous books in the series and more intense thriller scenes, making Mort my go-to gumshoe.
Leininger’s Gumshoe series is a magnificent PI mystery smorgasbord seasoned with elements of Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey, and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum.
Reviewed for Bookreporter by L. Dean Murphy