'Fantoni has followed the rhythms, pace, verve and humour of Chandler's best work'- The Sunday Telegraph
Summer in Philadelphia, a season of long hot nights and short hot tempers.
It's August, 1949, and private detective Mike Dime is enjoying the slow pace of summer, along with the evenings of drinking and beautiful women that come with it.
Dragging himself out of bed one early morning for an urgent meeting, Dime suddenly finds himself face to face with sixty-four inches of dazzling trouble.
She goes by the name of Nancy Canady and Mike Dime doesn't mind one bit.
Nancy's handsome slob of a jazz drummer has wound up in jail on a homicide rap.
The cops aren't cooperating, his lawyer's gone AWOL and the trial is fast approaching.
In a frantic quest to find the real killer, Dime is sent spinning blindly through the streets of Philadelphia and Atlantic City.
When crooked cops, mobsters, hotshot lawyers and musicians all try their best to interfere, Dime soon finds himself immersed in a murder mystery that has more twists and turns than ever before.
Will he be able to work it out in time before Nancy's one true love finally gets the chair?
Stickman is a fast-paced and gripping murder mystery in which author Barry Fantoni once more brilliantly out-Chandlers Chandler.
Praise for Barry Fantoni:
'Barry Fantoni is a damn good writer. He nails you at the beginning and hammers you in the end. A pleasure to read.' - Clive Cusser
'Fantoni has done it again.' - Russel Davies, Times Literary Supplement
'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 Stickman
October 1982 : UK Hardback
February 1984 : UK Paperback
February 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition