Tribulations of the Shortcut Man: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 7, 2012 - Fiction - 235 pages
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From the writer described as “a worthy successor to Chandler” (Michael Connelly), the follow-up toShortcut Man, featuring Dick Henry, is 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. InTribulations 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 to hell. 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.

  

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Review: Tribulations of the Shortcut Man (Shortcut Man #2)

User Review  - Donald - Goodreads

One of those rare cases for me where I liked the sequel just as much, if not more, than the original! The characters are great, the action is tight, and the plot just hums along! Good job Dick-Dave! :-) Read full review

Review: Tribulations of the Shortcut Man (Shortcut Man #2)

User Review  - Adam - Goodreads

Ah, the shortcut man. these books have such potential, but they are beyond infuriating. The shortcut man is a highly amusing anti-hero unleashing a fairly inventive set of methods to enact some ... Read full review

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Contents

Kostabi
22
What Latrell Said
31
Vices and Spices
39
A Library Stinker
46
Art and Justice
59
Goodbye to All That
68
Sisters
83
Bambi Service
93
La Casa de Fantasma
158
Infarction
166
You Know Mr Lewis?
172
Bella da Costa Greene
174
Ed Huff
181
Fame
185
Side by Side
188
Encopresis
189

The Tale of HiBeam
95
Honeymoon on Ice
102
A Peach a Plum an Eggplant
106
Anger Management
110
Violet Brown
116
You Like Animals?
123
Recriminations
126
A Visit to Myron Ealing
131
Indian Dinner Theater
135
Truths Laid Bare
137
You Pay Him
141
Rutland Returns
145
A Man of Value
149
The Diseased the Demented and the Damned
156
The Second Mrs Glidden
193
Big Red Lollipop
202
Bambi Service
204
Erin Secures Her Due
207
Public Property
213
Sometimes the Bad Guys Win
215
Operation Lazarus
217
A Hit Before She Split
223
A Gray Kitten with One Eye
226
Public Property
231
Kostabi 3
234
Acknowledgments
237
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About the author (2012)

p.g.sturges was born in Hollywood, California.  Punctuated by fitful intervals of school, he has subsequently occupied himself  as a submarine sailor, a Christmas tree farmer, a dimension and optical metrologist, a writer, and a musician.

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