The Highly Effective Detective by Richard Yancey
(Teddy Ruzak Mysteries)

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From the critically acclaimed author of Confessions of a Tax Collector and The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp comes The Highly Effective Detective--a hilarious and thrilling series debut featuring a lovable but bumbling private investigator. Meet Teddy Ruzak, the oversized, over-his-head P.I. whose first case begins with the hit-and-run killing of a gaggle of goslings. After his ailing mother dies, Teddy quits his job as a night watchman to fulfill his childhood dream of being a detective. With little planning and even less foresight, he hangs up his shingle and hires his favorite waitress from the local diner to be his Girl Friday. And his first case? Bringing to justice the thoughtless driver who mows down six baby geese. Not the most exciting assignment--until Teddy's "wild-goose chase" quickly evolves into an investigation of a vicious murder.
 

About Richard Yancey

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Richard Yancey worked for twelve years as a revenue offi Richard Yancey worked for twelve years as a revenue officer for the Internal Revenue Service. He is a produced playwcer for the Internal Revenue Service. He is a produced playwright, a former theater critic, and a published novelist. right, a former theater critic, and a published novelist.
 
Published January 2, 2008 by Minotaur Books. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Move over, Sam Spade. A priceless nebbish has joined the private-eye ranks.

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Would-be detective Theodore "Teddy" Ruzak gets his PI career off to a spectacular start in this highly entertaining novel from Yancey (The Extraordinary Adventures o

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Felicia may not be the greatest at office work but she is great at shopping, which she does a stunning job of with Teddy's money.

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Thirty-three-year-old loser Teddy Ruzak — who skipped college, flunked out of the police academy, and ended up as a midnight-shift security guard — takes his small inheritance and opens a detective agency.

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Teddy Ruzak spends the first chapter of THE HIGHLY EFFECTIVE DETECTIVE telling us about all the fictional detectives he emulated as a child.

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