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Hitman

(2007)
(Book 16 in the Stanley Hastings series)
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"What Mr. Hall does to the private eye formula is very funny, but it is not frivolous. His puzzles, for all their manic nonsense, are fiendish constructions of sound logic."-The New York Times Book Review

Private Eye Stanley Hastings doesn't want for idiosyncrasies, as fans of this long-running "unconventional" and "very funny" (The New York Times) mystery series know. For instance, he doesn't carry a gun. So he seems a particularly improbable choice, among all of New York City's private investigators, for the cold-eyed Martin Kessler.

Not that Kessler requires firepower. He's got a gun of his own-an automatic with a long, ugly silencer-although he'd like to retire it. A contract killer who wants out of the game, Kessler hires Stanley mostly to watch his back in the event that someone of similar professional skills is shadowing him. Someone is, in fact, only Stanley fails to spot him and dead bodies are soon piling messily up.

There's an obligation a PI owes a client, so Stanley figures, and in the face of a situation that with more luck or diligence he might have averted, he determines to sort it out. The hapless PI thus begins an odyssey that will take him from a seedy topless bar to a plush corporate boardroom, and ultimately a Manhattan courtroom, in his attempt to uncover just what did go down, and why, during his client's last, decidedly dirty job.

Genre: Mystery

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Used availability for Parnell Hall's Hitman

Hardback Editions

September 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Hitman: A Stanley Hastings Mystery (Stanley Hastings Mysteries)
Author(s): Parnell Hall
ISBN: 1-933648-53-8 / 978-1-933648-53-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

January 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Hitman: A Stanley Hastings Mystery (Stanley Hastings Mysteries)
Author(s): Parnell Hall
ISBN: 1-60598-025-0 / 978-1-60598-025-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

October 2013 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Hitman: A Stanley Hastings Mystery
Author(s): Parnell Hall
Publisher: Audible Studios
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October 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Hitman: A Stanley Hastings Mystery
Author(s): Parnell Hall
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon CA   


October 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Hitman: A Stanley Hastings Mystery
Author(s): Parnell Hall
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

February 2009 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Hitman: A Stanley Hastings Mystery (Stanley Hastings Mysteries)
Author(s): Parnell Hall
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA