'Splendidly effortless sense of place and time ... could start something of a cult ... the writing is crisp and agreeable' - The Guardian
A rainy winters night, 1948: The eve of Harry Truman's surprise presidential win.
Private Detective Mike Dime likes his drink when he can get it, and his women when he can get them, and takes any business that comes his way.
Settling down to a stiff drink, Dime's evening is interrupted by a phone call from a distressed woman needing help.
The last time she saw her husband was with a suitcase full of stolen dollar bills, and she has been instructed to remain inside and talk to no one.
Hot on the heels of the man with the money, Dime soon finds himself in hot water - tangled up with a band of crooks who will stop at nothing to get what they want.
In the midst of his escapades he crosses paths with the beautiful and beguiling Elaine Damone, who enlists his help to track down the thugs who have been blackmailing her brother.
But soon the pursuer becomes the pursued: a number of shady characters are lurking in the shadows, looking to settle a score...
Praise for Barry Fantoni
'Fantoni has followed the rhythms, pace, verve and humour of Chandler's best work'- The Sunday Telegraph
'A delicious triumph' - The Daily Mail
Barry Fantoni was born in London's East End in 1940 to an Italian father and a Jewish mother. At 13 he won a scholarship to Camberwell Art School. In 1963 he held his first one-man show at the Woodstock Gallery in Mayfair. That same year he joined Private Eye , where he still works as a senior member of the editorial staff. Most of his work appears under various pseudonyms: Sylvie Krin, Glenda Slagg, E. I. Addio and E. J. Thribb the poet. In addition to his writing he has made numerous television and film appearances as an actor, and has been a regular broadcaster on BBC and commercial television and radio programmes. His paintings have been shown in some two dozen exhibitions.
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Used availability for Barry Fantoni's Mike Dime
January 1982 : UK Hardback
April 1981 : USA Library Binding
May 1980 : UK Hardback
February 1982 : UK Paperback
January 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition