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Suspense (Stanley Hastings #13)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  71 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Private eye Stanley Hastings is determined to find out who's making threatening phone calls to a bestselling author's wife. But soon the threats turn deadly, and Hastings is cast as most likely suspect. Stalking Manhattan for the real killer, Stanley can't find a single reason why someone would want him destroyed--until it's a little too late.
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Published (first published January 1998)
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Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another delightful entry into the Stanley Hastings series. In this one Hall aims at the publishing industry with agents scamming writers and writers scamming readers. Great fun. He’s pulled from his usual interviewing of prospective lawsuit clients in order to help the wife of an author. She is receiving threatening phone calls. Constant funny references to the publishing industry.

Here is our star ambulance-chasing-wannabe-actor/writer P.I. Hastings talking to his friend in the police department
Stuart Macmartin
Amusing. Clever. And extra star for doing the irony so well.
Jul 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah Glenn
Nov 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Parnell Hall sets up the rules for writing suspense in this novel: literally. Kenneth P. Winnington, husband of Stanley Hastings' new client, writes suspense novels for a living and is happy to share them: Don't write in first person. Don't use a continuing character. Don't let the hero know the danger he's in.

Parnell Hall breaks all these rules in the commission of this novel, including one more, but revealing it here would give away the ending.
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable outing with Stanley Hastings. This time, as the title suggests, we get a suspense element mixed into our PI mystery. We also get a cynical view of the world of publishing. It's a fun read, poking fun at the suspense genre as well as publishing.
Amanda Lubold
the ending sequence was absolutely absurd, and really deviated from what Parnell Hall usually does
Angie Boyter
Mar 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Enjoyable enough but not the best of the series. Very nice ending, though. Probably a 3.5
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hall sets out the rules that makes the Suspense genre completely different from Mystery, tries to write a book that spans both… and fails, quite painfully.
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