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The Man with the Iron-On Badge

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  50 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Harvey Mapes is a twenty-nine-year-old security guard who spends his nights in a guard shack outside a gated community in Southern California, reading detective novels, watching TVLand reruns, and waiting for his life to finally start . . . which happens when Cyril Parkus, one of the wealthy residents, asks Harvey to follow his beautiful wife Lauren. The lowly security ...more
Hardcover, Five Star First Edition Mystery, 224 pages
Published December 31st 2005 by Five Star (ME) (first published October 1st 2005)
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Dec 09, 2009 Rose rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
I'm a big fan of Goldberg's "Monk" books, so it was neat to finally read one of his original, stand-alone novels. And this one had a really neat, quite comedic set-up -- a regular guy who works the night shift as a security guard (sitting in the little shack in a gated community) and spends his nights reading PI novels. He gets his first _real_ PI gig following around the wife of one of the community's tenants -- but he finds out pretty quickly that real PI work isn't much like the novels. ...more
Dec 15, 2015 David rated it really liked it
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When twenty-something old security guard Harvey is approached by a wealthy homeowner from the gated community he guards he is shocked to find out the man wants him to follow his wife, like a private investigator. Excited about the opportunity AND the money, he takes on the job. He feels he has studied up enough on television private eyes and private eye novels that he could do a simple job like this. He is shocked at his expertise at uncovering a blackmail plot, but his benefactor tells him tha
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May 12, 2011 Kipp Poe rated it it was amazing
This book was one of the most fun reads ever; the main Character was someone I could relate to so well. A guy barely getting by with a boring job finds himself living his dream being like all his favorite detective dime store novels and TV shows. All the shows I grew up watching and still watch.

The story takes off and rolls right along revealing more and more clues on a case that can either give him a new life or end it. Plenty twist and turns that keep you going ah-ha.

I hope we get more storie
Mark Baker
Mar 18, 2014 Mark Baker rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2005
This spoof of PI conventions centers on a security guard who thinks he has what it takes to be a real PI. After all, he's watched every PI show on TV he could find. How hard could it be? A bit dark for my usual tastes, I still enjoyed this funny look at the PI genre.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Jul 21, 2008 Randy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery fans
Recommended to Randy by: internet
A really fine mystery with a touch of humor.
A security guard that wants to be a PI. All his knowledge comes from TV and novels.
Would like to see more of this character, but the author has stated that the realities of modern publishing make it unlikely.
Mar 19, 2011 Leona rated it it was amazing
This is a book written by the author of the Monk novels. This was a very easy, fast read about a security guard who turns "detective" and bases everything he does on tv and fictional characters, i.e, Dan Tana, Spencer, etc. Fun read.
Jan 29, 2014 Akshita rated it really liked it
Lee Goldberg writes with a view to the movie adaptation but this works in The Man With The Iron-on Badge. More heartfelt than his equally entertaining Charlie Willis novels. I'd love to see a sequel.
Oct 30, 2007 Gigi rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Smooth writing, quick, fun read. It's a classic detective fiction premise. Very referential to detective television series Magnum, The Rockford Files.
Nov 18, 2014 Rosie rated it really liked it
A fun book - twists and turns and fun logic. Memories of past tv detective shows and a good tour of eastern Washington state.

Loaned to me by Evelyn Vitale.
Jul 20, 2010 Mary rated it did not like it
This book was so full of foul language and idiotic ramblings that I just could not and did not want to read any more of it.
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New York Times Bestselling author Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award and two-time Shamus Award nominee whose many TV writing and/or producing credits include "Martial Law," "SeaQuest," "Diagnosis Murder,""Hunter," "Spenser: For Hire," "Nero Wolfe," "Missing." "Monk" and "The Glades." He's also the author of the Fox & O'Hare series with Janet Evanovich (The Heist, The Chase, The Job), "The ...more
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