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Strangler by Parnell Hall
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May 30, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: humor, mysteries-and-thrillers
Read in May, 2011

It’s difficult to write something new about a series of books all featuring the same character, all enjoyable, yet having none that seems to stand out more than the others. I hate to do just a recitation of the plot not wishing to risk the ire of the spoiler patrol. Suffice it to say this book is another in the fine series by Hall featuring Stanley Hastings, the non-licensed P.I. ambulance chaser who works for Richard Rosenbaum who hires Stanly to contract with individuals for personal injury suits.

The cast of characters is amusing and the repartee light and entertaining. The plots usually revolve around Hastings getting himself in some kind of bind or case involving a murder which he then proceeds to solve, not always in the most expeditious manner. But he’s extremely likable and the books remain worth a quick read.

In this one, Hastings himself comes under suspicion as potential clients turn up dead before Stanley can get them signed up for Richard’s legal services.

Enough twists in the end to satisfy the most jaded of mystery readers.
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Helen (Helena/Nell) Why have I not got time to read this? Sounds just what I need.... H

Eric_W Helen (Helena/Nell) wrote: "Why have I not got time to read this? Sounds just what I need.... H"

Lots of fun, good light fare, and he writes another series about a lawyer under the name JP Haley (although I see they are being re-released for the Kindle under his real name): the Steve Winslow series. I am in the process of reading all those, too. If you like legal fiction, I also recommend Joseph Teller's Jaywalker series. Excellent.

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