"I could have parked a '49 Mercury in the hole in her story, but the four pictures of General Grant that she'd fanned out on my desk were authentic enough."
FRANK SWIVER is the sole investigator for the Old Vine Detective Agency in in 1940s San Francisco, driving a 1938 Pontiac that's seen better days and working out of an office on Post Street in the early fifties.
He's pretty much your basic Hammett/Chandler gumshoe, right down to the wisecracks and occasionally laboured patter, and but even a few anachronistic rattles won't disturb the smooth and pleasant hum of familiarity.
Sure, you've read it all before, but it's still fun. And Mazuk tosses in just enough tweaks to the formula (no rotgut for Frank; he's a little bit of a wine snob, for example, and he's not entirely adverse to smoking a little weed) to suggest that Frank bears watching. Even better -- a full-length novel is allegedly on its way.
Harley Mazuk was born in Cleveland, Ohio and has worked as a writer and editor in corporate communications. He now writes crime fiction in the style of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and James M. Cain, and the good news is that, according to Harley, "Frank is very much alive and working, with more stories to come, and a novel, White with Fish, Red with Murder, making the rounds..."
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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