From a writer described as “a worthy successor to Raymond Chandler” (Michael Connelly), the follow-up to Shortcut Man, featuring Dick Henry in a rousing tale of sin and salvation in the City of Angels.
Dick Henry is the Shortcut Man, assisting people with their sticky situations in the belief that the shortest answer to many problems may not always be legal. In Tribulations of the Shortcut Man, he reluctantly provides assistance to an old girlfriend, pole dancer Pussy Grace.
After Pussy’s boyfriend, rich and famous developer and septuagenarian Art Lewis, has inexplicably cut off communication with her, Dick and Puss enter Lewis’s mansion disguised as gas company employees to investigate. Everything quickly goes downhill. Dick and Puss flee, leaving the very dead Art Lewis behind. Dick anticipates arrest until news breaks the next morning: Art Lewis has just gotten married and is now enjoying his honeymoon. Realizing a conspiracy is afoot, Dick must navigate his way through the underbelly of Los Angeles and a motley crew of miscreants in pursuit of justice.
“Filled with enough dark humor and shady characters to satisfy the most rabid noir fan” (Associated Press), p.g. sturges’s Shortcut Man series is hard-boiled crime at its best.
If you could sum up Tribulations of the Shortcut Man in three words, what would they be?
Dark LA humor.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Tribulations of the Shortcut Man?
The ex-husband of the main villainess played an interesting roll in the plot twists, but the one thing that will always stick in my mind is "Dick-Dave" - enough said.
What about P. G. Sturges’s performance did you like?
The author always knows what was intended. You don't get the inconsistencies of a reader being prompted by a director - the author knows how the line should be delivered.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
The characters are human. They have strengths and weaknesses. There are good and bad intentions. And a poke-fun-at-yourself humor that is endearing. Can't wait for the next Shortcut Man story!