Doug McCool
Created by Miles Archer (pseud. of Richard Posner)

Be careful what you wish for, and all that.

Half-Irish, half-Jewish, a college dropout and a Viet Nam vet, DOUG McCOOL is going nowhere fast. He's spinning his wheels in a dead end job as a process server in seventies-era San Francisco, dreaming of being a real private eyeliving a life of danger and excitement, when a bizarro string of events leaves him up to his ass in espionage, arms dealing and murder in Too Many Spies Spoil the Case, the first in what looks to be a pretty entertaining series by Miles Archer.

Echoes of such beloved mid-seventies TV shows as Jim Rockford, Magnum P.I., Richie Brockelman and the like abound, and are no doubt intentional, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Along for this raucous, enjoyable ride his gay ex-army buddy Rick, and Barbara, his long-suffering Girl Friday.

According to his press bio, Miles Archer (actually Richard Posner) has been "a process server, a clothing factory manager, a business man, a registered nurse, a newspaper reporter and an entrepreneur. He grew up on the fiction of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett and considers imitation to be the sincerest form of flattery. He lives on five acres in the Northwest where the rain keeps him busy writing."

And yeah, if the pen name rings a bell, well, Miles Archer was Sam Spade's ill-fated partner in Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. Let's just hope this Miles doesn't wander down any alleys smiling and licking his lips. As well as writing mysteries from his house in the woods somewhere in Oregon, Miles has worked as a process server, newspaper reporter, sales clerk, registered nurse and free lance undercover operative. In other words, he gets fired a lot...




Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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