Stanley Hastings

20 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 21 ratings

Hitman Publisher's Summary

The new Stanley Hastings novel featuring the unlikeliest private eye in New York City. Private eye Stanley Hastings doesn't want for idiosyncrasies, as fans of this long-running "unconventional" and "very funny" (says 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. The hapless Stanley thus begins an odyssey around Manhattan in his attempt to uncover just what did go down, and why, during his client's last, decidedly dirty, job.

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  • Book 16

    • Hitman

    • A Stanley Hastings Mystery
    • By: Parnell Hall
    • Narrated by: Allen O'Reilly
    • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    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. The hapless Stanley thus begins an odyssey around Manhattan in his attempt to uncover just what did go down, and why, during his client's last, decidedly dirty, job.

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  • Book 17

    • Caper

    • A Stanley Hastings Mystery, Book 17
    • By: Parnell Hall
    • Narrated by: Christopher Kipiniak
    • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3

    Poor Stanley Hastings. After getting hired by a hit man and nearly getting shot, the put-upon PI needed some fun, so when a gorgeous damsel in distress walked through his office door she seemed just what the doctor ordered. Wrong again. The fair maiden turned out to be a married mom who wanted Stanley to find out why her teenage daughter was skipping school. Playing truant officer wasn't exactly Stanley's idea of fun, but at least it should be easy. Fat chance.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Did not care for it

    • By rbentrdr on 08-30-18

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  • Book 19

    • Safari

    • The Stanley Hastings Mysteries, Book 19
    • By: Parnell Hall
    • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
    • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Stanley Hastings on safari? I don't think so. Neither did Stanley, until Alice's small inheritance - coupled with scrimping on a few luxuries like food and rent - allowed them to book a group trip to Zambia. Now the New York PI is hiking with lions, canoeing with hippos, and having close encounters with elephants and giraffes.

    • The Stanley Hastings Mysteries, Book 19
    • By: Parnell Hall
    • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
    • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
    • Release date: 11-15-14
    • 4 out of 5 stars 11 ratings

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  • Book 20

    • A Fool for a Client

    • The Stanley Hastings Mysteries, Book 20
    • By: Parnell Hall
    • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
    • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
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      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    A young woman found naked and stabbed to death in her apartment - it's the type of case that should be perfect for Stanley Hastings. Instead it's his nightmare. It's a sensational murder trial. The woman was the girlfriend of Hastings' boss, Richard Rosenberg, and the hotshot lawyer is charged with killing her. Now Richard's in court fighting for his life, and Stanley's out on the firing line trying to dig up some evidence in his favor. It won't be easy.

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