- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: Mysterious Press; Advance copy edition (1995)
- ASIN: B000VANS9O
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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This novel was a Shamus Award nominee for Best Private Eye Novel, and a Lefty Award nominee for Funniest Mystery Novel.
Hall draws heavily on his own experiences when writing Stanley Hastings: he has worked on the stage, in films, and, at one time, as a detective himself. He writes hilarious songs, often about the foibles of being an author. It is no surprise that he has some experience with screenwriting himself: he wrote the screenplay for C.H.U.D. At least Stanley gets to write a movie with "four hot babes" in it.
I've read several of the Hastings novels, and I always enjoy the verbal humor in them. This novel is no exception. Stanley gives us his unvarnished and aggrieved opinions of the director, the actor, and Murty the sound man. He exchanges marvelous barbs with his boss, who visits the set, and Sergeant McAuliff, a series regular who is hired as a consultant. After the deaths begin, Detective Clark is brought in to investigate. Stanley doesn't like Clark: in a previous novel, Stanley was his prime suspect. The cops are smart, especially Clark, who is far from the closed-minded nabob mystery authors so often employ.Read more ›
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Was eager to finish. too many clues were overlooked. Did not find it stimulating.Published 12 months ago by alicia barker-grant
This is the only book in the series that I haven't wholly enjoyed. Too much description of movie making process, not enough mystery and/or banter.Published 17 months ago by John Tolley
The main character is kind of like Columbo stumbles around and gets lucky, you have to like him he always expects the worst.Published on March 21, 2014 by Dan Schreiber