Joe Shaw
Created by
Keith Laumer

Tough, cynical JOE SHAW's the man in this one-time effort, heavy on the Chandler, who gets hooked up with a wacko wealthy family of screwballs while trying to track down the long lost daughter of a mobster on the run from his former gang. Not bad, not bad at all; in fact it's a pretty decent PI novel by Keith Laumer, a man known more for his science fiction.

In fact, it's dedicated to "the incomparable Raymond Chandler, And to his peerless private eye, Philip Marlowe."

It was later made into a so-so flick, 1975's Fat Chance, starring Michael Caine. For some reason tough guy Shaw became a bespetacled, bookish-looking nerd called LESLIE C. TUCKER. It was played strictly for laughs, and there weren't too many of them, either.



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