''He was no taller than the Empire State and no wider than the Grand Canyon.''
Sometimes they evidently do write like that anymore. Even if their tongue might be inserted firmly in their cheek...
But whatever, I loved these. Kudos to British writer Barry Fantoni for getting it right. His wisecracks actually crack.
But then, Fantoni is no stranger to private eyes. A long-time contributor to British satirical magazine Private Eye, in 2010 he announced his retirement -- after 47 years! At the time, he announced that his plans were to write a few memoirs, and then dive back into detective fiction, with a novel "about the world's oldest detective who is old and useless and talks about his illnesses."
The result, Harry Lipkin, Private Eye, was published in 2012.
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Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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