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October 17, 2008



It's either Barry Eisler's first Rain book, or Zsa Zsa Gabor's unauthorized biography.


It makes you wonder what readers look for in a book. Clearly the peeing in the detective's car was a major memorable event.

David J. Montgomery

"It's either Barry Eisler's first Rain book..."

I think you're right -- wasn't that Yellow Rain?

Hank Shiffman

Just a guess, but this reminds me a little of Parnell Hall's Stanley Hastings novels. Hastings was an insurance investigator for an attorney, and not the brightest guy in the world, as he admitted freely and regularly. The books are New York based as I recall.

Bill Peschel

The bumbling police officer sounds like Joyce Porter's Inspector Dover series, but I can't confirm that on Google Books.

Patrick Balester

That has to be "Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective" by Leslie Thomas. The character got his name because his reputation was so poor, he was the last detective you would send on a case. Good character, quite sympathetic, and in the end, he got the suspect.

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