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Tribulations of the Shortcut Man

(Shortcut Man #2)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  99 ratings  ·  18 reviews
From a writer described as “a worthy successor to Raymond Chandler” (Michael Connelly), the follow-up to Shortcut Man, featuring Dick Henry in a rousing tale of sin and salvation in the City of Angels.

Dick Henry is the Shortcut Man, assisting people with their sticky situations in the belief that the shortest answer to many problems may not always be legal. In Tribulations
ebook, 256 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Scribner
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This sophomore effort contains the same choppy writing and other errors that I can forgive in a debut.

While I still liked the protagonist, Dick Henry aka the Shortcut Man, the story was very dull. While in the first book Dick's humanity comes through, in this one it is just a glimmer.

While the debut used wry humor and wit to good effect, it is missing here in (perhaps) an attempt to be more noirish.

The blurbed comparisons to Chandler baffle me. (Yes, it's set in Los Angeles).

YMMV but I'm giving
Ruby Fitzgerald
A bit on the dull side, but still enjoyed it.
May 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah, the shortcut man. these books have such potential, but they are beyond infuriating.

The shortcut man is a highly amusing anti-hero unleashing a fairly inventive set of methods to enact some measure of justice for the downtrodden. I did particularly like his voice, and his color commentary on his misdeeds particular in the form of jokes and short stories is an endearing trait.

The villains and the utter trainwreck that is their story arc is giddy fun.

And, to Sturges credit, he attempts to
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tribulations of the Shortcut Man features Dick Henry, a private eye who doesn’t necessarily play by the rules but can navigate the Hollywood Hills and the seamy underbelly of Los Angeles with equal sangfroid. In The Shortcut Man, the first in the series, Henry refers to Preston Sturges, creator of brilliant 1940s movies including Christmas in July, Hail the Conquering Hero and The Lady Eve all wistful tales of idealism and lost innocence (not to mention being the father of P.G. Sturges, the book ...more
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a man's book. But I really enjoyed it. Frankly, his female characters are alot less one dimensional than Hemingway's, even if he is just writing genre. Hemingway basically has Whore, Good Hearted Whore, Mother Figure and Madonna who may or may not be a whore. Hard boiled mysteries can be wonderful when done well. Tribulations of the Shortcut Man is done very well indeed. I initially read it because a client of mine reccommended it and because it was written by Preston Sturges's son. ...more
John McKenna
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you like the old black and white crime dramas from the 1940's? You know the ones I mean, John Garfield, Bogart, Edward G. Robinson and Robert Mitchum? If you answered yes and you'd like to have more fun than you've ever had with your clothes on? Read this!
Have a tenant who won't pay the rent and won't move out without a court battle and endless lawyer fees? Call the Shortcut man. Your problem is solved usually the same day. A ruthless fly-by-night contractor ripping off old ladies and
Jun 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What Adam said, particulalry about frustration. Good mian charachter, best when he's bad, but it loses steam and coherence and eventually, attentiveness: in the end one of the main characters, a buffoon, is briefly mentioned as having committed suicide. As if the author was in a rush to finish. And who knew crack was still so popular?
Mar 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love me some west coast noir. This outing was not as straight forward as the first book -- the secondary plot line with the ex seemed like such an afterthought. And it was kind of a compelling story -- maybe should have been saved for its own book? But still a great, sad cast of characters and the dry wit of all true hardboiled dicks.
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of those rare cases for me where I liked the sequel just as much, if not more, than the original! The characters are great, the action is tight, and the plot just hums along! Good job Dick-Dave! :-)
Matthew Reads Junk
Not bad, but it really felt like the author was trying to hard with a voice that wasn't naturally his.
He's no Ellroy or Chandler. The book hit all of the standard noir cliches, but lacked authenticity or realness.
It features a rushed, ending that feels just like an aside.
Mike Schneider
This sequel to "The Shortcut Man" was not quite as good as the first novel, but was still somewhat entertaining in its own way. It seemed the author sort of exhausted the Shortcut Man idea about midway through the novel and the book just limped home from there.
Solid follow up to The Shortcut Man. Reminiscent of Chandler, Ellroy, and Leonard. Sturges knows L.A. and I look forward to next in series.
Jim Willse
Entertaining, if a little silly and formulaic.
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sturges is truly a descendant of Chandler - prose is crisp and very "noir". Quick read - read it in 2 days. Recommend.
Frank Taranto
Jul 20, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A fun, enjoyable read with lots of humor, interesting characters and a protagonist who is not always on the right side of the law.
David Green
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Borders on the unplausable, but it doesn't matter. Just damn fun to read his neo noir writing.
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Preston G. Sturges. Jr. is an author and screenwriter born into a Hollywood family. He's the son of the famed Hollywood screenwriter and director, Preston Sturges, responsible for such classics as "Sullivan's Travels." He died when the author was just six years old but the two share a love of quirky characters and screwball plots. P.G. Sturges grew up amongst the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles. ...more

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