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Last Looks by Howard Michael Gould
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really liked it
bookshelves: penguin-first-to-read, read-borrowed

Last Looks is set in modern day Hollywood, but it's really Gould's homage to novels about down on their luck detectives who are somehow swept up in a maelstrom of hoods and movie stars. Waldo, who is kind of like Thoreau camping out on Walden Pond - (note the name similarity) lives on a retreat in the San Jacinto Mountains near Idylwild. His days as a fast-rising LAPD star are behind him. His career in tatters. These days, he's a hermit and a minimalist who has decided to limit his possessions to 100 things, although a pair of socks counts as one thing -a pair- not two- like a pair of pants, you see. Cut off from his past, on his own, Waldo is suddenly - and very much against his will - brought back into civilization as a private eye to save the studio's number one asset from a murder rap. But, being the minimalist he is, Waldo sets off on bicycle with three years beard growth and a change of clothes to make sense of what happened before a set of goons right out of central casting permanently put his lights out. Waldo is the classic down-on-his-luck detective taken to the extreme. It's madly irreverent, and somehow some way Gould has made this crazy novel hard to put down.

Many thanks to Penguin Publishing for providing a copy for review.
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Reading Progress

June 21, 2018 – Shelved
June 21, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
June 28, 2018 – Shelved as: penguin-first-to-read
June 29, 2018 – Started Reading
June 29, 2018 –
page 8
June 29, 2018 –
page 128
June 30, 2018 –
page 265
June 30, 2018 – Shelved as: read-borrowed
June 30, 2018 – Finished Reading

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James Thane This sounds like fun.

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