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The Hapless Valet

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In this offbeat mystery, Draper Burns, the titular valet and, chiefly, troubleshooter for a global media mogul is dispatched to Portland, Oregon where the movie--The Vengeful Forest--is being filmed by a studio recently acquired by his boss. After the screenwriter's apparent suicide, Burns, sometimes artfully, often clumsily and neurotically, delves into the on-location mo ...more
ebook, 324 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Harte Press
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Yvonne (Fiction Books)
Jun 02, 2014 Yvonne (Fiction Books) rated it really liked it
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`Movie madness, magic, mayhem, mystery and ... MURDER'

Hapless -

Luckless; Unfortunate; Ill-Fated; Unhappy

Valet -

A man's male servant, who takes care of his clothes and performs other personal services.


In this, Lenhardt Stevens debut novel, I suspect that we are witness to the continued rise in popularity of the `mystery caper' genre, which diverges from a traditional mystery through its comic elements, adventure, or unusual cleverness and focuses on the steps taken to commit the crime and the
Mar 10, 2013 Lenhardt added it  ·  (Review from the author)


In Stevens’ debut novel, a celebrity with a history of eco-terrorism, a 1950s film noir star’s mysterious past and a jazz club owner looking to make fast money collide in rainy Portland with professional valet Draper Burns (that’s the jack-of-all-trades servant kind, not the kind that parks cars).

Dressed fancily and with a penchant for stealing wristwatches, Burns is a charismatic, untrusting hero. Given the assignment of learning more about the movie-making business by his business
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