P.I.'s in Print A to G


September 7, 2022

Atkins, Ace. ROBERT B. PARKER'S BYE BYE BABY. G.P. Putnam's Sons. January '22. $28.00. Book 50 of 50. "Boston PI Spenser takes on a new case in this next installment in Robert B. Parker's iconic New York Times bestselling series. Carolina Garcia-Ramirez is a rising star in national politics, taking on the establishment with her progressive agenda. Tough, outspoken, and driven, the young congresswoman has ignited a new conversation in Boston about race, poverty, health care, and the environment. Now facing her second campaign, she finds herself not only fighting a tight primary with an old guard challenger but also contending with numerous death threats coming from hundreds of suspects. When her chief of staff reaches out to Spenser for security and help finding the culprits of what he believes to be the most credible threats, Garcia-Ramirez is less than thrilled. Since her first grassroots run, she's used to the antipathy and intimidation women of color often face when seeking power. To her, it's all noise. But it turns out an FBI agent disagrees, warning Spenser that Garcia-Ramirez might be in real danger this time. It doesn't take long for Spenser to cross paths with an extremist group called The Minutemen, led by a wealthy Harvard grad named Bishop Graves. Although Graves is a social media sensation, pushing an agenda of white supremacy and toxic masculinity, he denies he's behind the attacks. As the primary nears and threats become a deadly plot, it's up to Spenser, Hawk, and a surprise trusted ally to ensure the congresswoman is safe. This is Spenser doing what he does best, living by a personal code and moral compass that can't ever be broken." Simultaneous release on Audio CD from Random House Audio. Available in paperback. January '23. $9.99.

Collins, Max Allan. FANCY ANDERS GOES TO WAR: Who Killed Rosie The Riveter? Independently published. October '21. $6.99. Illustrated by Fay Dalton. "Fancy Anders goes undercover at an aircraft plant to solve the murder of Rosie the Riveter in the first of three thrilling mysteries by ROAD TO PERDITION creator Max Allan Collins, with stunning illustrations by award-winning artist Fay Dalton. Fall 1942. When her Hollywood private detective daddy is called back to uniform, Fancy Anders is issued orders of her own - answer the phone, make referrals, and keep the place dusted. But the 24-year-old Barnard grad - whose hobbies include shooting, flying and jujitsu - isn't having any. At Amalgamated Aircraft, a young female worker chosen to pose for patriotic photos and posters has met with a suspicious 'accidental death.' Fancy takes the victim's place on the swing shift, fitting in well with co-workers very much not from high society circles. With the occasional reluctant help of LAPD homicide cop Rick Hinder, Fancy takes a hammer to the head of a saboteur, sniffs out an enemy within, and sets out to prevent an assassination attempt on President Roosevelt, scheduled to tour the plant and greet the women who work long, hard hours for the war effort. Portraying the times vividly with his usual historical accuracy, Mystery Writers of America grandmaster Max Allan Collins creates a compelling new series protagonist both indelibly of her time, and far ahead of it. Lavishly illustrated by James Bond artist, Fay Dalton."

Coyle, Matt. BLIND VIGIL. Oceanview Publishing. November '21. $16.00. Seventh, and final, in the Rick Cahill Series. After being blinded by a gunshot private investigator Rick Cahill, knows he can't continue to live the way he did. He's trying to decide what his new life will be when his ex-partner, Moira MacFarlane, asks him for help. She's working for an old friend of Rick's that he's no longer sure he can trust, but Moira insists that all she needs is for Rick to interview one person. Rick isn't sure he's up to it - he's no longer the man he was, but he finally agrees. When his friend is implicated in a murder the case becomes very dangerous - especially for a blind man!

Duncan Jr., W. Glenn. DOWN THE BARREL: A Rafferty P.I. Mystery. D Squared Publishing. February '22. $17.99. "Steady now. Focus. Look down the barrel. Breathe out. Relax. When I count to three: Start shooting. One... Two... " London Baines has it all. His 'real-life' TV show. All the money he'll ever need - thanks to his wealthy father, Herbert. And someone hiding in the wings who'd rather see him as a corpse. In the beginning, Herbert's fears for his son's safety seem like parental overreaction. But Rafferty witnesses a visceral new threat to the heart of the Baines family and realizes the only chance at keeping London alive is to take him out of view. Reality TV: the ultimate oxymoron. And when London disappears from right under Rafferty's nose, a happy ending seems farther away than ever. Can Rafferty flip the script, bring London home, and reunite father and son? Or will the bad actors succeed in canceling London's run-permanently? DOWN THE BARREL is the ninth book in the Shamus Award-winning Rafferty P.I. series from author W. Glenn Duncan Jr."

Faye, Lyndsay. OBSERVATIONS BY GASLIGHT: Stories from the World of Sherlock Holmes. Mysterious Press. December '21. $25.95. "A new collection of Sherlockian tales that shows the Great Detective and his partner, Watson, as their acquaintances saw them. The book contains both new and previously published short stories and novellas narrated by those who knew the Great Detective. Beloved adventuress Irene Adler teams up with her former adversary in a near-deadly inquiry into a room full of eerily stopped grandfather clocks. Learn of the case that cemented the lasting friendship between Holmes and Inspector Lestrade, and of the tragic crime which haunted the Yarder into joining the police force. And witness Stanley Hopkins' first meeting with the remote logician he idolizes, who will one day become his devoted mentor, From familiar faces like landlady Mrs. Hudson to minor characters like Lomax the sub-librarian, OBSERVATIONS BY GASLIGHT - entirely epistolary, told through diaries, telegrams, and even grocery lists - paints a masterful portrait of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as you have never seen them before." Available in paperback. December '22. $16.95.

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