"I knew all sorts of people, but you wouldn't want to meet most of them."
A nameless, disillusioned, retired private detective, with a degree in creative writing, of all things, is the hero of Arthur Winfield knight's "Easy As Pie," a short story in the Max Allan Collins/Mickey Spillane-edited Private Eyes (1998).
Fed up with the job as an op for the Hargrave Secret Service in San Francisco, he takes early retirement and retreats to Petaluma, thirty miles north. But he still keeps his hand in, now and then, mostly to supplement his income. In his one story to date, he's out to help out an old friend who's in a jam.
The author, himself born in San Francisco, has had more than 3,000 poems, short stories and film reviews published in magazines and anthologies and his work has been translated into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish and Turkish. He has taught at several universities, including the University of San Francisco, and is a columnist for Senior Spectrum in Sacramento.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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