Gumshoe

Gumshoe

Book - 2015
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For nine long days, the mayor and district attorney of Reno, Nevada, have been missing. Vanished without a trace. Their vehicles were found parked side-by-side at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Did they fly somewhere together? They aren t on any flight manifest. Did the two of them take off with a big pile of the city s money? If so, the city accountants can t find it. Were they murdered? There s no sign of foul play. Their disappearances have finally made national news. Enter Mortimer Angel, who d just quit a thankless job as an IRS agent. Mort is Reno s newest gumshoe, a private-eye-in-training at his nephew s detective agency. Just four hours into his new career, Mort finds the mayor make that, the mayor s head in the trunk of Mort s ex-wife s Mercedes. The news-hungry media speculates: Did Mort kill the mayor? Did Mort s ex? As events begin to spin out of control, Mort realizes things have been out of control since the night before he started his new career, the night he found the unknown naked blonde in his bed.

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Publisher: Longboat Key, Florida : Oceanview Publishing, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781608091638
1608091635
Branch Call Number: X
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 24 cm.

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Dec 22, 2015

Bottom line: I really enjoyed this book. I liked the plot, Mort's witty, humorous, intelligent commentary and the Carson City setting. It does require overlooking (or just smiling at) the fact that Mort never meets a woman who's not attracted to him and that the man/woman relationship chemistry he tries to describe just doesn't quite work. Plus there are a (very) few things that make it obvious he's an older guy writing as a younger one, not quite in tune with 2015. Those things are just incidental to a page-turning story with a gripping finale. I look forward to more Mortimer Angel books.

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