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Poet in the Gutter (Sam Turner #1)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  19 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Sam Turner is trying to turn his life around. Newly divorced, he's kicked the habit of his wife and now he's working on the booze. Introducing himself at a group meeting one night, he succumbs to a sudden impulse to say he's a private detective, and the Sam Turner Detective Agency is born. Terry, one of the men from the meeting, comes to Sam because he thinks his wife is h ...more
Hardcover, 238 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by St. Martin's Press (first published August 1996)
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POET IN THE GUTTER (Private Investigator) – G+
John Baker – 1st in series
Indigo, 1995 – Paperback (U.K. Release)
Recovering alcoholic Sam Turner keeps telling people he’s a private investigator. But when a friend asks Sam to find out if his wife is being unfaithful and then ends up murdered, Sam, with the help of a retired schoolteacher, a homeless youth and his pool-hall friend, becomes an investigator for real.
*** Sam and the crew he picks up along the way are diverse and delightful. Although th
Kirsty Darbyshire

the closest detective to home that i've found yet i think, presuming baker's location of york is closer to me than edinburgh which i'm fairly certain it is. this wasn't really a mystery in many ways, who dunnit with what and why were clear to the reader early on in the book. the plot really came from watching the cast of characters that sam turner assembled to solve the crime. this was very much a first act in a series, an introduction, and i'll reserve my judgement until i see what the cast can

Saz Gee
Just read this again, for about the 3rd time. Still brilliant.
RATING: 3.75
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