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Client

(1990)
(The fifth book in the Stanley Hastings series)
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Publisher's Weekly
In his fifth adventure ( Detective ; Murder ; etc.) New York private eye Stanley Hastings is still working for a sleazy lawyer, who generally sends him out to take depositions from ''victims'' in accident cases. Then Stanley finally gets a real client: Marvin Nickleson isn't likable, and tailing his estranged wife Monica isn't at all appealing, but Stanley--a would-be action-writer with a wife, a small child and a big dental bill--needs the money. Surveillance is uneventful until Monica drives out of town and checks into a motel near Poughkeepsie. The next morning, she's dead--though she isn't really Monica, the real Marvin isn't Stanley's client and Stanley is the chief murder suspect. The only clues are the first three letters of a license plate and a man in a checked cap, which eventually lead the detective to a land-zoning bribery scam. The ending is a bit pallid, and Stanley talks too much, but he's an appealing character nonetheless.

Library Journal
That likable accident-scene photographer and private investigator Stanley Hastings returns, inept as ever, as he tails a client's estranged wife. He follows the woman to a remote motel, falls asleep on surveillance, and wakes to find himself framed for her murder. As if that isn't enough, the murdered woman turns out to be someone else; Stanley's client duped him. With characteristic short, swift-moving sentences and low-key, wry humor ( Strangler , LJ 5/1/89; Favor , LJ 9/1/88), Hall moves his bumbling protagonist toward the truth. Continued high quality.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

April 1990 : USA Hardback
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Title: Client
Author(s): Parnell Hall
ISBN: 1-55611-169-X / 978-1-55611-169-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Donald I. Fine Inc.
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Paperback Editions

March 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Client
Author(s): Parnell Hall
ISBN: 0-7592-1560-X / 978-0-7592-1560-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: e-reads.com
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May 1991 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Client
Author(s): Parnell Hall
ISBN: 0-451-40249-9 / 978-0-451-40249-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Onyx
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Kindle Editions

December 2011 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Client (Stanley Hastings Mystery Book 5)
Author(s): Parnell Hall
Publisher: Parnell Hall
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