The Hapless Valet by Lenhardt Stevens

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In this offbeat mystery, Draper Burns, the titular valet and, chiefly, troubleshooter for a global media mogul is dispatched to Portland, Oregon where the movie--The Vengeful Forest--is being filmed by a studio recently acquired by his boss. After the screenwriter's apparent suicide, Burns, sometimes artfully, often clumsily and neurotically, delves into the on-location movie world and underbelly of Portland where intrigues overlap, frustrate his assignment and put his and others' lives in danger. Movie people, hoodlums, federal agents and Portland characters combine with clever plot twists in a Pacific Northwest setting to make The Hapless Valet a most entertaining read.

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Published September 1, 2010 by Harté Press. 324 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The opening of the book is more confusing than engaging, with heavily accented dialogue that works better in the smaller bits later on in the book, and this confusion is compounded by uncoordinated action.

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