Juror Stanley Hastings 6 3. Poor Stanley Hastings finds himself falling in love with the beautiful girl next to him at jury duty and then being charged with her grisly murder when her body turns up among the naked and the dead. Unfortunately, the only person who can save Hastings is. Published May 5th by Onyx first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Juror , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jun 29, Kat rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
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To view it, click here. Oct 17, Angie Boyter rated it liked it. With one exception Safari I have much enjoyed this laid-back series about a very soft-boiled private detective who specializes in trip-and-fall cases but keeps running into dead bodies And having been on juries and had to sit through other kinds of court cases as well, I especially enjoyed the descriptions of court procedures jurors must suffer.
Stanley's finally getting it. I love Stanley, but he's been pretty dense through 5 books.
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This time around, with coaching, he got it right. Missed the reference to The Monkees, though. I like the series and plan on sticking around to see how much smarter Stanley gets. Nov 20, Irene rated it liked it Shelves: Still amusing stories with a fun plot twist. Dec 31, Shelly rated it really liked it.
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Book file PDF easily for everyone and every device. A sensational murder trial! A young woman found naked and stabbed to death in her apartment!
The woman was the girlfriend of his boss, Richard Rosenberg, and the hotshot lawyer is charged with killing her. In desperation, Richard resorts to a series of courtroom tactics so outrageous they would make Perry Mason blush. Before the case is over, everyone in the courtroom will be convinced that not only does Richard Rosenberg have a fool for a client, but the client has a fool for a lawyer. Stanley Hastings on safari? Now the New York PI is hiking with leopards, canoeing with hippos, and having close encounters with elephants and giraffes.
To beat a murder rap Stanley will have to resort to jumping bail, impersonating a police officer, and appropriating a murder weapon from a sassy Jersey Girl who keeps trying to distract him by ripping her clothes off. The plot is logical in a convoluted sort of way, and the resolution is satisfying. Stakeout continues the Hastings tradition of murder with a wink and a smile. The writers who are really excellent at this make it look simple—Robert B Parker and Steve Hamilton spring to mind.
After working for a Hitman, Stanley needed a break, so the sexy young mother who wanted to find out why her teenage daughter was skipping school seemed like just what the doctor ordered. Piece of cake, right? Engaging reading. Stanley Hastings working for a hitman?
Or at least find out who killed him. Hall does to the private eye formula is very funny, but it is not frivolous. His puzzles, for all their manic nonsense, are fiendish constructions of sound logic. View 1 comment. Jun 11, Anthony Yvonnica rated it really liked it. Fun book. I loved the "gifted amateur" Actually, Parnell Hall is one of my favorite authors. Each series has a unique personality and it's own flow.
The books are a fun read and very entertaining. They aren't perhaps great literature or fonts of great knowledge, but they are great reads.
Oct 24, Brian O'Leary rated it liked it. Just like the first one. Feb 03, Valissa rated it it was ok Shelves: library. No interest in pursuing this series. Stanley Hastings is a hoot. His most steady job is that of sign-up interviewer with an ambulance-chasing law firm. His assignment is to meet with potential clients who have been injured, interview them about what happened, get them to sign a commitment form, and take Stanley Hastings is a hoot. His assignment is to meet with potential clients who have been injured, interview them about what happened, get them to sign a commitment form, and take it all back to his employer, Richard Rosenberg, for a decision about whether he will take the case.
His job takes him all over New York, but in this entry to the series, it seems to take him mostly to Harlem, to some very sketchy neighborhoods where he is constantly afraid of being beaten up. This book was originally published in and it seems very dated in many ways, in its attitudes but particularly in technology. Stanley carries a beeper by which the law firm pages him when they have someone for him to interview.
Then he has to search around for a pay phone where he can call in and find out what the assignment is. By now, that seems almost stone age in its concept. This time, however, Stanley gets to put his private detective skills to work on behalf of a friend of his wife's. The woman is the mother of one of their son's schoolmates and part of their school carpool.
She is in a real mess. She had agreed to help a former friend from college days who had asked her to take her place in an escort service one day because the woman had to go out of town to visit her dying mother. She kept the date for her and ended up being raped and then blackmailed and forced into prostitution. Her pimp has starred her in some porn films, some with her knowledge and some without, and now she is in so deep that she can't get out.
Enter white knight Stanley Hastings. Stanley goes to see the pimp at his apartment in Harlem and finds him dead with a carving knife stuck in his back. Thinking fast, he calls a friend and has him call the law firm, pretending to be the dead man, and feigning an injury for which he wants the firm to represent him in litigation. The secretary beeps Stanley and sends him to the man's apartment. Now that he has an excuse for being there, he feels he can legitimately call the police and report the death.
Smart Stanley! Unfortunately, the sergeant who is sent to investigate is one who remembers Stanley from a previous case that he had interfered in just a few months before. He is understandably suspicious and Stanley goes high up on his list of possible murder suspects. After being exhaustively interviewed by the police, Stanley continues to bumble around, trying to help out his client but also trying to clear his name.
Those are two ends which may prove mutually exclusive. Living by his wits and practicing some of his acting skills while dealing with the bad guys, Stanley does manage to extricate himself and his carpool-mate in the end but not before exposing us to many examples of the Hastings quick and inventive humor. Or at least what passes for humor.
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That humor is very broad and over-the-top and sometimes downright annoying, but, on the whole, this proved to be a quick and fun read. I think I'll probably be returning to this series from time to time when I want something light that doesn't tax the brain.
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Jun 22, Kat rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Stanley Hastings is a Private Investigator. His wife, however, is sure he could be a real PI, and asks him to help the mother of one of their son's schoolmates, who has gotten herself into a mess.
She had worked once as a high-end escort, but ended up being blackmailed and forced into prostitution.
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