Harvey Mapes is a 26-year-old security guard who spends his nights in a guard shack outside a gated community in Southern California, reading detective novels, watching reruns, and waiting for his life to finally start…which happens when Cyril Parkus, one of the wealthy residents, asks Harvey to follow his beautiful wife. The lowly security guard jumps at the opportunity to fulfill his private eye fantasies and use everything he’s learned from Spenser, Magnum, and Mannix. But things don’t exactly go according to the books…or the reruns. As Harvey fumbles and stumbles through his first investigation, he discovers that the differences between fiction and reality can be deadly.
©2010 Lee Goldberg (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Lee Goldberg bravely marches into territory already staked out by some fierce competition - Donald Westlake, Lawrence Block, the early Harlan Coben - and comes out virtually unscathed." (The Chicago Tribune)
The main character is so human it's funny. You don't get James Bond here, but a likable almost looser who starts to better himself in very humorous situations.
The plot did keep me listening. I listened on a long drive to Colorado and enjoyed it the entire time.
No, but I will look for more of his books.
This book is funny, but crass. It has language and some images of bodily fluids and bedroom activity. Not for the kids, but funny for the adults.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
First the good news. It's a cheap book with a pretty good mystery. The rest of the story is that this really is a security guard fantasy, and poorly written at that. He has a friend with benefits who happens to be beautiful and loves sex as much as he does. He gets hired to follow a rich guy's beautiful wife. His friend falls in love with him now that he's an amateur P.I. , so he has ravenous sex throughout the book. He solves a very complicated and violent mystery. In the end, he learns becoming a real private detective is too hard so he quits. But he gets the girl!
I teach American Literature and am the proud daddy of a 2 year old.
This is a fun story about a security guard with a fondness for detectives like Spenser, Travis McGee, Jim Rockford and Thomas Magnum. The guy has a rich fantasy life until he gets the chance to live out his dream...sort of. Of course, things are not what they at first seem to be. Luke Daniels does a wonderful job.
I should probably point out, the book isn't for everybody. It can be a bit crass. Despite this, I found the story enjoyable and the main character a likable, flawed guy. I'd like to see Goldberg write another of these, though something tells me he won't. High literature this is not, but it is fun escapist fiction with a postmodern sense of self awareness about the detective genre.
no. its a one off story because I would remember what happened.
he brought Harvey mapes to life and the other characters in the book.
fast paced and gripping I liked this story of a bored security guard becoming a private eye with the help of detective reruns on t.v. and the many detective novels he was addicted to.
well written characters and plot. recommended if you want a change from crime series.
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