Manslaughter by Parnell Hall

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Having survived a murderously uncomfortable New England holiday in the much-praised Cozy, private eye Stanley Hastings returns to more familiar New York urban turf with his twisted logic and droll style effectually intact. With Joe Balfour—a client who did time 25 years ago for killing a man in a barroom brawl—Stanley embarks on an ingeniously plotted and frequently hilarious excursion that will confront him continually with embarrassments: like the arrest of his client for the murder of a notorious blackmailer who’s been found in his Upper East Side apartment with a carving knife in his back. And before he cracks the case, Stanley will be breaking and entering, contaminating crime scenes, concealing evidence (or else planting it), framing two innocent men for two different homicides, aiding an extortionist, hanging out in a topless bar, blackmailing a few attorneys, and outwitting the cops. This is the fifteenth novel in the long-running mystery series that the New York Times finds “very funny” in its “manic nonsense” and “fiendish constructions of sound logic.”

About Parnell Hall

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Parnell Hall is a part-time actor, a former private detective, and full-time writer of novels and screenplays. He writes the Stanley Hastings mystery novels, the Steve Winslow courtroom dramas, and the Puzzle Lady mysteries. He has been nominated for the Edgar, Shamus, and Lefty awards. He also writes under the pseudonym J. P. Hailey. He currently lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.
Published January 22, 2003 by Carroll & Graf. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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"Life usually dorks me," complains personal-injury sleuth Stanley Hastings with some justification.

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In Hall's 15th outing to feature offbeat New York PI Stanley Hastings (after 2001's Cozy), a new client, Joe Balfour, admits he once served time for manslaughter after killing a man in a barroom brawl.

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The 15-year-old Chico girl accused of killing 15-year-old Kristina Priano after crashing the stolen car she was driving into the Priano family’s minivan appeared in court Feb. 14, and it was clear from watching her there that she is still very much a child.

Feb 21 2002 | Read Full Review of Manslaughter

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