Low rent private eye that he is, Big Bob Zapolska does not usually get cases that turn into murder, to say nothing of multiple murder. Nor is he often called upon to help solve classy cases like the theft of a painting from Kansas Citys Nelson Art Gallery. And never before has he run into something as spooky as the Bateman College ghost light, the light seeming, in some way, to be the key to these other crimes.An unlicensed private eye who reads detective fiction for self-improvement, the Z-mans only human resources are childhood friends (one now an inept detective, the other a minor member of the mob). Like other self-proclaimed P.I.s, Z must call on the lowly gumshoes stock-in-trade: stubbornness, the ability to discover and arrange clues, and a disregard for legal technicalities.Of further help to him are his personal beliefs:Big and ugly are assets in the P.I. game..Tell the truth when possible - its hard to remember lies.An occasional rage-driven blackout can be helpful.Never break the law - unless you have to.To secure cooperation from a stubborn opponent, its a good thing, first, to strip him naked and hang him up by the heels.If you blackjack a man correctly, he will rarely suffer permanent brain damage.In the right hands [Zs], fire is an excellent motivator.Big Bob Zapolska may be a loner. He may be a loser. He may, in fact, be a dangerous pyromaniac. But if someone has cheated you - if someones crowding you - its good to have the Z-man on your side!
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Published December 31, 2013
by John G. Stockmyer Books.
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction.