Five and a Half Tons – John Bayliss
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Five and a Half Tons – not so much film noir as seaside gris.
Published 1st September from Grey Cells Press, a new, tongue-in-cheek detective novel by John Bayliss:
1962 and Westerby-on-Sea is slumbering through its drab off-season. Life is quiet for J.F. Springer, Private Detective – and, although he dreams of emulating Philip Marlowe, Sam Spade, and Sexton Blake, quiet is pretty much how he likes it.
Springer finally gets the chance to be a real detective when he is called in to find a missing woman. At first it seems pretty straightforward, and he has high hopes of solving the case and getting paid in double-quick time. But for Springer, life is never so simple. Soon he’s embroiled in an affair that involves housebreaking, missing diamonds, threats to his life, an apparent suicide, and a pigeon-fancier who suspects Springer has amorous designs on his daughter. When the police take an interest, first it’s to arrest Springer, then to warn him to stay out of their busness, and finally to use him as bait in a trap. And, to further complicate Springer’s life, there’s Jim Tarbet, the local wideboy, who is determined to make Springer repay a trifling debt…
Like one of his famous predecessors, Springer tries to be taller, but all around there are too many goons and not enough brains.
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