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Publisher's Summary

Artemus Black doesn't believe in fate...but even a hardened Hollywood PI can question destiny when cases turn ugly. 

With an assistant who mocks him relentlessly, an obese cat that loathes him, a romantic life that's deader than Elvis, money problems, booze, nicotine, and anger management issues, how much worse can it get? 

The answer is plenty, and Black finds himself in a web of deceit, betrayal, and murder - and bad hair days. 

If you love Chandler and Hammett, Black's irreverent nod to the noir classics is sure to draw smiles and keep you listening late into the night. 

Get it now! 

A four-novel bundle of the critically acclaimed Black series from a New York Times best-selling author.

©2018 Russell Blake (P)2018 Russell Blake

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Great series. Adventure, mystery, comical, noir.

I'm really impressed. it was hard to stop listening. This was an excellent read. Glad I downloaded it

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It made me laugh!

You will enjoy this book! Love the lead character. And Roxy is secretary made this book funny and enjoyable. Take a chance I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Enjoy

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  • W. Brooks
  • Seattle, WA United States
  • 09-13-18

Boy, What a Bargain

I came across this 4-Book bundle entirely because R.C . Bray is my favorite narrator. But this series is unlike anything else of his that I’ve downloaded. Bray is first and foremost a Avi-for guy. Hell, I rarely even read Bray books before buying The Martian (a Bray masterpiece). I’ve since listened to dozens of Bray-read books. My library now boasts more Bray books than any other author or reader. Yeah, I like his work.

There is nothing sci-if about the Black books. Black is a fascinating LA private detective who teeters on the edge of financial ruin. These are set in current time, but author Russell Black gives the books noir quality that sets them apart from most other private eye books.

And parts of the stories are an out and out hoot! I never tire of his sole employee/office assistant Roxy. She’s a very funny smart-ass!

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All around great detective stories

Maybe the best detective stories I've heard in years.
Always something happening between the characters to keep your mind engaging the stories.
And those characters are well developed. Good books.

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Highly Recommend This Series

The books were good, narrator was great, as usual his range of voices is amazing, you never have to struggle with trying to figure out who is supposed to be talking. RC Bray, in my opinion, is the best in the business.
The humor in the books is literally laugh out loud funny. The author does a terrific job balancing serious and humor. Real life is neither all funny or all serious, many authors do one or the other, I always admire authors who do both.
There were a few errors in book four I feel the editor should have caught. It didn't make any difference to the storyline, it just surprised me that it wasn't noticed. I'm curious to know if it was in the written version and if any others noticed it.
I have to warn people that once you start listening you will not want to stop.

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Detective Film Noir actually works in Modern LA

This is a real page turner with unexpected plot turns and twists. Who would think that "vintage detective film noir" would work in modern day L.A. complete with sassy repertoire and all.

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Excellent story , narrator on par

This is the best book of all 4 and RC Bray is his usual best.

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friggin awesome, lots of fun

loved the series, and laughed out loud many times throughout. without being burdened with the seriousness typical of the genre, situations and conversations are fresh and intriguing. strong characters that I'll miss, for sure. of course, RC Bray is the king. so good!

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  • knowident
  • Las Vegas, NV United States
  • 10-13-18

Outstanding

Mr. Bray, you've done it again. The story is witty, funny and naughty. The outstanding cast of characters is brought to life by RC. Bray.

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  • Chris
  • WEST LIBERTY, KENTUCKY, United States
  • 10-10-18

Really really good!

Nice break from my normal sci fi books, great characters and performed by the always amazing RC Bray

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  • paul walukiewicz
  • 09-11-18

Entertaining Light-hearted Detective Thriller

Really entertaining and good value at 4 books in one. The dialog is funny and helps the story along. Bosch but more affable with humour and less complicated plots.

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  • Chris
  • 08-23-18

Great listen

I was not sure about this series at first but the more I listened to it the more people on the train heard me laughing and the banter between the characters. RC Bray does a fantastic job bring them to life. Worth every cent.