David Handler

1 The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes

Author : David Handler
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2017-08-15
Description :  HARLAN COBEN calls it "One of my all-time favorite series! ...David Handler is so good at writing one smart, funny page-turner after another that he&#xa0;makes it look easy."&#xa0;<br /><br />Fans of JANET EVANOVICH and CARL HIAASEN, get ready. If you haven't yet discovered wisecracking sleuth Stewart "Hoagy" Hoag and his faithful basset hound Lulu, you're in for a sharp, hilarious treat.<br /><br />Once upon a time, Hoagy had it all: a hugely successful debut novel, a gorgeous celebrity wife, the glamorous world of New York City at his feet. These days, he scrapes by as a celebrity ghostwriter. A celebrity ghostwriter who finds himself investigating murders more often than he'd like.<br /><br />And once upon a time, Richard Aintree was the&#xa0;most famous&#xa0;writer in America -- high school students across the country read his one and only novel, a modern classic on par with The Catcher&#xa0;in the Rye.&#xa0;But after his wife's death, Richard went into mourning... and then into hiding. No one has heard from him in twenty years.<br /><br />Until now. Richard Aintree — or someone pretending to be Richard Aintree — has at last reached out to his two estranged daughters.&#xa0;Monette is a lifestyle queen à la Martha Stewart whose empire is crumbling;&#xa0;and once upon a time, Reggie was the love of Hoagy's life.&#xa0;Both sisters have received mysterious typewritten letters from their father. <br /><br />Hoagy is already on the case, having been hired to ghostwrite a tell-all book about&#xa0;the troubled Aintree family. But no sooner does he set up shop in the pool&#xa0;house of Monette's Los Angeles mansion than&#xa0;murder strikes. With Lulu at his side — or more often cowering in his shadow&#xa0;— it's up to Hoagy to unravel the mystery, catch the killer, and pour himself that perfect single-malt Scotch... before it's too late.

2 The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald

Author : David Handler
Genre :  British Detectives  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2012-06-26
Description :  <b>Hoagy tries to save a client from the deadly world of high-stakes publishing in this Edgar Award–winning mystery</b><br /> Stewart Hoag knows how quickly fame can fade. The same critics who adored his first novel used his second for target practice, ending his literary career once and for all. To keep his basset hound fed, Hoagy ghostwrites memoirs for the rich, famous, and self-destructive. His newest subject reminds him all too much of himself.&#xa0;By the age of twenty, Cam Noyes is already being hailed as the next F. Scott Fitzgerald. Though he’s only published one book, Cam runs with the big boys: dating artists, trashing restaurants, and ending every night in a haze of tequila and cocaine. So glamorous is his lifestyle that he’s having trouble starting his second novel, forcing his agent to hire Hoagy to get the little genius working on a memoir instead. As Hoagy digs into the kid’s life story, he learns that New York publishing is even more cutthroat than he thought.<br /> “[Handler] writes a mean plot.” —<i>The New York Times</i>&#xa0;“Handler’s breezy, unpretentious and warm-hearted hero provides a breath of fresh air in a world of investigative angst.” —<i>Publishers Weekly</i>&#xa0;“Hoagy’s laid-back humor is easy to take.” —<i>Kirkus Reviews</i><br /> David Handler (b. 1952) is the critically acclaimed author of several bestselling mystery series. He began his career as a New York City reporter, and wrote his first two novels—<i>Kiddo </i>(1987) and <i>Boss</i> (1988)—about his Los Angeles childhood. In 1988 he published <i>The Man Who Died Laughing</i>, the first of a series of mysteries starring ghostwriter Stuart Hoag and his faithful basset hound Lulu. Handler wrote eight of the novels, winning both Edgar and American Mystery awards for <i>The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald </i>(1990).&#xa0;<i>The Cold Blue Blood</i> (2001) introduced a new series character, New York film critic Mitch Berger, who fights his reclusive nature to solve crimes with the help of police Lieutenant Desiree Mitry. Handler has published eight novels starring the pair, with another, <i>The Snow White Christmas Cookie</i>, due out in 2012. In 2009 Handler published <i>Click to Play</i>, a stand-alone novel about an investigative reporter. He lives and writes in Old Lyme, Connecticut.&#xa0;

3 The Man Who Died Laughing

Author : David Handler
Genre :  British Detectives  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2012-06-26
Description :  <b>Down on his luck, a writer takes a ghostwriting job for a troubled comedian</b><br />Stewart Hoag’s first novel made him the toast of New York. Everyone in Manhattan wanted to be his friend, and he traveled the cocktail circuit supported by Merilee, his wife, and Lulu, his basset hound. But when writer’s block sunk his second novel, his friends, money, and wife all disappeared. Only Lulu stuck by him.&#xa0;The only opportunity left is ghostwriting—an undignified profession that still beats dental school. His first client is Sonny Day, an aging comic who was the king of slapstick three decades ago. Since he and his partner had a falling out in the late 1950s, Day has grown embittered and poor, until the only thing left for him to do is write a memoir. Hoagy and Lulu fly to Hollywood expecting a few months of sunshine and easy living. Instead they find Day’s corpse, and a murder rap with Hoagy’s name on it.<br />“A wonderful series—fresh and fun and as good as mystery writing gets.” <b><i>—</i></b>Mark Schweizer, author of<i> The Alto Wore Tweed</i>&#xa0;“If I could get Stewart Hoag to ghostwrite my books they’d sell better, and I’d laugh myself silly. David Handler is a hoot, and his books are just the thing for what ails you.” —Parnell Hall, author of <i>You Have the Right to Remain Puzzled</i>&#xa0;“Handler’s breezy, unpretentious and warm-hearted hero provides a breath of fresh air in a world of investigative angst.” —<i>Publishers Weekly</i><br />David Handler (b. 1952) is the critically acclaimed author of several bestselling mystery series. He began his career as a New York City reporter, and wrote his first two novels—<i>Kiddo </i>(1987) and <i>Boss</i> (1988)—about his Los Angeles childhood. In 1988 he published <i>The Man Who Died Laughing</i>, the first of a series of mysteries starring ghostwriter Stuart Hoag and his faithful basset hound Lulu. Handler wrote eight of the novels, winning both Edgar and American Mystery awards for <i>The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald </i>(1990).&#xa0;<i>The Cold Blue Blood</i> (2001) introduced a new series character, New York film critic Mitch Berger, who fights his reclusive nature to solve crimes with the help of police Lieutenant Desiree Mitry. Handler has published eight novels starring the pair, with another, <i>The Snow White Christmas Cookie</i>, due out in 2012. In 2009 Handler published <i>Click to Play</i>, a stand-alone novel about an investigative reporter. He lives and writes in Old Lyme, Connecticut.&#xa0;

4 The Man Who Lived by Night

Author : David Handler
Genre :  British Detectives  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2012-06-26
Description :  <b>Hoagy discovers a rock god’s deadly side is more than an act</b><br />From the first time they played on the Ed Sullivan Show, Us was the hottest band on earth. For more than a decade, the group tore through the charts and indulged in an endless cycle of drugs, women, and violence, until two musicians died—the drummer by drugs, the guitarist by a crazed gunman. Once the band was finished, lead singer Tristam Scarr retreated to the English countryside, hiding from the world until the day he hires an American to ghostwrite his memoirs.&#xa0;Stewart Hoag arrives in London in the company of Lulu, his ever-hungry basset hound, to find the rock idol of his youth reduced to a wheezing, frail fortysomething. The first thing Starr tells him is that their drummer never overdosed—he was murdered. And as their interviews progress, Hoagy learns that working for a rock star is almost as dangerous as being one.<br />“If you’re a fan of the genre, and even if you aren’t, these are ‘must reads’ for any lazy afternoon.” <b><i>—</i></b>Mark Schweizer, author of<i> The Alto Wore Tweed</i>&#xa0;“Some books deserve to go quietly into that good night, but the works of David Handler are not among them. . . . Handler brings his characters to life instantly—the voices are original and real. . . . And Lulu will steal your heart.” <b><i>—</i></b>Carolyn Haines, author of <i>Ham Bones and Revenant</i>&#xa0;“Hoagy and Lulu tickle your funnybone and touch your heart.” <b><i>—</i></b>Carolyn Hart, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of the Death on Demand mysteries<br />David Handler (b. 1952) is the critically acclaimed author of several bestselling mystery series. He began his career as a New York City reporter, and wrote his first two novels—<i>Kiddo </i>(1987) and <i>Boss</i> (1988)—about his Los Angeles childhood. In 1988 he published <i>The Man Who Died Laughing</i>, the first of a series of mysteries starring ghostwriter Stuart Hoag and his faithful basset hound Lulu. Handler wrote eight of the novels, winning both Edgar and American Mystery awards for <i>The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald </i>(1990).&#xa0;<i>The Cold Blue Blood</i> (2001) introduced a new series character, New York film critic Mitch Berger, who fights his reclusive nature to solve crimes with the help of police Lieutenant Desiree Mitry. Handler has published eight novels starring the pair, with another, <i>The Snow White Christmas Cookie</i>, due out in 2012. In 2009 Handler published <i>Click to Play</i>, a stand-alone novel about an investigative reporter. He lives and writes in Old Lyme, Connecticut.&#xa0;

5 The Boy Who Never Grew Up

Author : David Handler
Genre :  British Detectives  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2012-06-26
Description :  <b>A Hollywood ghostwriter and his basset hound explore the deadly world of high-stakes divorce in this hilarious mystery from an Edgar Award–winning author.</b><br /><br /> Matthew Wax is an overgrown kid with a taste for sweets, go-kart racing, and wholesome family comedy. He’s also the most successful director in Hollywood, a golden boy whose films are toothache sweet and spit-shine clean. But when his wife, leading lady Pennyroyal Brim, tires of life in a G-rated wonderland, she brings in the most ruthless lawyer on the West Coast: the notorious Abel Zorch. To win the divorce settlement, Zorch drags Wax through the mud, accusing him of perversion, misogyny, and abuse. So when Pennyroyal announces a tell-all memoir, Wax has only one choice: to call in Stewart “Hoagy” Hoag, ghostwriter to the stars.<br /><br /> Working with Wax, Hoagy and his basset hound, Lulu, get closer to the boy wonder than anyone else ever has. But when Zorch turns up dead, Wax is the prime suspect—followed closely by every spurned husband in Beverly Hills—and to clear their client’s name, the amateur sleuth and his canine companion will have to leave La-La Land behind and cross over to the dark side of Los Angeles.<br /><br /> From Edgar Award–winning author David Handler, <i>The Boy Who Never Grew Up</i> is a razor-sharp entry in the beloved Stewart Hoag Mysteries, called an “all-time favorite series” by Harlan Coben. The funniest sleuth around, Hoagy knows that quick wit can overcome any obstacle—even murder.<br /> ​<br /> The Boy Who Never Grew Up <i>is the 5th book in the Stewart Hoag Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.</i>&#xa0;“On the way to a brisk finale, Handler sharply skewers and spoofs La-La Land until Hoagy can at last quip his way back home again.” —<i>Publishers Weekly</i>&#xa0;“The debonair, clever, and arrogant Hoag (accompanied by basset hound Lulu) provides wit and sparkle in a succulent, intricate web of intrigue.” —<i>Library Journal</i>&#xa0;“[Handler] writes a mean plot.” —<i>The New York Times</i>&#xa0;“One of my all-time favorite series!” <b><i>—</i></b>Harlan Coben&#xa0;“A wonderful series—fresh and fun and as good as mystery writing gets.” <b><i>—</i></b>Mark Schweizer, author of<i> The Alto Wore Tweed</i>&#xa0;“Lulu will steal your heart.” <b><i>—</i></b>Carolyn Haines, author of <i>Ham Bones and Revenant</i>&#xa0;“Hoagy and Lulu tickle your funnybone and touch your heart.” <b><i>—</i></b>Carolyn Hart, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of theDeath on Demandmysteries&#xa0;“David Handler is a hoot, and his books are just the thing for what ails you.” —Parnell Hall, author of <i>You Have the Right to Remain Puzzled</i>&#xa0;David Handler (b. 1952) is the critically acclaimed author of several bestselling mystery series. He began his career as a New York City reporter, and wrote his first two novels—<i>Kiddo </i>(1987) and <i>Boss</i> (1988)—about his Los Angeles childhood. In 1988 he published <i>The Man Who Died Laughing</i>, the first of a series of mysteries starring ghostwriter Stuart Hoag and his faithful basset hound Lulu. Handler wrote eight of the novels, winning both Edgar and American Mystery awards for <i>The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald </i>(1990).&#xa0;<i>The Cold Blue Blood</i> (2001) introduced a new series character, New York film critic Mitch Berger, who fights his reclusive nature to solve crimes with the help of police Lieutenant Desiree Mitry. Handler has published eight novels starring the pair, with another, <i>The Snow White Christmas Cookie</i>, due out in 2012. In 2009 Handler published <i>Click to Play</i>, a stand-alone novel about an investigative reporter. He lives and writes in Old Lyme, Connecticut.&#xa0;

6 The Woman Who Fell from Grace

Author : David Handler
Genre :  British Detectives  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2012-06-26
Description :  <b>A sequel to a fifty-year-old book puts Hoagy on the scent of a long-cold murder case</b><br />Few American novels are as beloved as Alma Glaze’s Revolutionary War epic, <i>Oh, Shenandoah</i>. Although Glaze died before she could write a sequel, she left behind an outline for one, along with instructions that it not be written until fifty years after her death. The deadline has passed, and the American public clamors for the long-promised <i>Sweet Land of Liberty</i>. Only one thing stands in its way: Glaze’s heirs.&#xa0;Her daughter, socialite Mavis Glaze, is writing the novel under guidance from her mother, who she claims has been appearing in her dreams. As Mavis’s writing spirals farther into madness, her brothers hire Stewart Hoag, a ghostwriter famous for dealing with troublesome celebrities. When he arrives at the family’s Virginia manor, he finds that Alma’s is not the only unsettled spirit. Blood was spilt for <i>Oh, Shenandoah</i>, and more will die before the sequel hits the bestseller list.<br />“Awfully clever.” —<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>&#xa0;“One of my all-time favorite series!” <b><i>—</i></b>Harlan Coben &#xa0;“If I could get Stewart Hoag to ghostwrite my books they’d sell better, and I’d laugh myself silly. David Handler is a hoot, and his books are just the thing for what ails you.” —Parnell Hall, author of <i>You Have the Right to Remain Puzzled</i><br />David Handler (b. 1952) is the critically acclaimed author of several bestselling mystery series. He began his career as a New York City reporter, and wrote his first two novels—<i>Kiddo </i>(1987) and <i>Boss</i> (1988)—about his Los Angeles childhood. In 1988 he published <i>The Man Who Died Laughing</i>, the first of a series of mysteries starring ghostwriter Stuart Hoag and his faithful basset hound Lulu. Handler wrote eight of the novels, winning both Edgar and American Mystery awards for <i>The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald </i>(1990).&#xa0;<i>The Cold Blue Blood</i> (2001) introduced a new series character, New York film critic Mitch Berger, who fights his reclusive nature to solve crimes with the help of police Lieutenant Desiree Mitry. Handler has published eight novels starring the pair, with another, <i>The Snow White Christmas Cookie</i>, due out in 2012. In 2009 Handler published <i>Click to Play</i>, a stand-alone novel about an investigative reporter. He lives and writes in Old Lyme, Connecticut.&#xa0;

7 The Cold Blue Blood

Author : David Handler
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2002-10-13
Description :  Mitch Berger, a top film critic with a major New York newspaper at a surprisingly young age, has become almost a recluse since his wife died one year ago. He spends his time secluded in his apartment or in the dark recesses of a screening room. Although he continues to dazzle moviegoers and the film elite with his criticisms, his editor and good friend is alarmed about him. As a scheme to pull him out of the doldrums of his grief, she gives him a non-film assignment - to do a color story on the wealthy and social homeowners on Connecticut's Gold Coast. It takes some doing, but in the end Mitch agrees.<br /><br />He is fortunate to find a cottage to rent on Big Sister, the absolute top-of-the-line private island outside the town of Dorset. His landlady, Dolly, is pleasant and friendly, but some of the other inhabitants of this small piece of land, although too well bred to come right out and say it, are not happy to have Mitch, born of parents only one generation away from Eastern Europe and raised on the city's pavements, arrive in their back yard. But Dolly, whose husband has recently left her, needs the money, and at least she is more than gracious. <br /><br />The discovery of a body during a bout of optimistic gardening in Dolly's back yard brings on the other main player - Lieutenant Desiree Mitry, one of only three women on the Connecticut State Police major crimes squad, the youngest of the three, and the only black. A dedicated officer, she is the terror of everyone who doesn't really want to give a home to one of her stray cats. She is, as well, a closet artist and a complicated and beautiful woman, and she intrigues Mitch from the start.

8 The Shimmering Blond Sister

Author : David Handler
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2010-10-12
Description :  In this delightful new adventure featuring the mismatched crime-fighting duo of film critic Mitch Berger and Connecticut state trooper Des Mitry, Mitch's New York City past and his Dorset present collide head on. <br /><br />Back when Mitch was a chubby thirteen-year-old living in Stuyvesant Town, Beth Breslauer, a lovely blond single mother, lived across the hall with her son, Kenny. These days, she's a wealthy widow who owns a condominium in the Captain Chadwick House, the Dorset Historic District's most exclusive condo complex. Kenny is engaged to marry Mitch's yoga teacher, Kimberly Farrell. Kimberly's parents are Beth's neighbors. They are also social pariahs. Her father was one of the Wall Street power brokers responsible for the sub-prime home loan meltdown and her mother is praying that Kimberly's elaborate engagement party will endear them to their lost friends. <br /><br />Meanwhile, Augie Donatelli, a retired police detective who manages the Captain Chadwick House, is positive he's figured out the identity of the infamous Dorset Flasher, an elusive, ski-masked figure who has been terrorizing wealthy widows after dark. He also believes that Beth is the proud descendent of a long line of professional thieves. He demands that Des do something about it, but Des dismisses his charges as the wild rants of a lonely, bitter drunkard, which is rather unfortunate---because when Augie turns up dead, Des is included in the round-up of suspects. That leaves it up to Mitch to find out what really happened, even though it means he'll have to find out more about the people in his life than he ever wanted to. <br /><br /><i>The Shimmering Blond Sister</i> is David Handler's most emotionally gripping book in the series yet.

9 The Girl Who Ran Off with Daddy

Author : David Handler
Genre :  British Detectives  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2012-06-26
Description :  <b>Hoagy takes up his pen to defend a friend who’s done the indefensible </b><br />Stewart Hoag has quit ghostwriting. Living in Connecticut with his ex-wife, Hoagy works on a novel and tends to Tracy, his brand-new daughter, who’s more beautiful than anything he’s ever written and only took nine months to make. Life is peaceful, until Thor Gibbs arrives to tear it apart.&#xa0;An unapologetically swaggering author, Thor is past seventy but still looks like the brash young man who befriended an aging Hemingway and inspired the first of the Beat poets. Once he was Hoagy’s mentor, but now he needs his help. Thor is in the middle of a tryst with his eighteen-year-old stepdaughter, and every newspaper, lawyer, and cop in the country wants him strung up from the highest tree. He hires Hoagy to help the beautiful young woman tell their side of the story. But trouble is following the controversial couple, and death is about to visit the cottage. <br />“Handler controls his material masterfully, delivering newsy verisimilitude and domestic repartee worthy of Nick and Nora Charles.” —<i>Publishers Weekly</i>&#xa0;“Good psychological depth, sharp wit, and a slow-moving but thoroughly satisfying plot.” —<i>Library Journal</i>&#xa0;“[Handler] writes a mean plot.” —<i>The New York Times</i>&#xa0;“One of my all-time favorite series!” <b><i>—</i></b>Harlan Coben <br />David Handler (b. 1952) is the critically acclaimed author of several bestselling mystery series. He began his career as a New York City reporter, and wrote his first two novels—<i>Kiddo </i>(1987) and <i>Boss</i> (1988)—about his Los Angeles childhood. In 1988 he published <i>The Man Who Died Laughing</i>, the first of a series of mysteries starring ghostwriter Stuart Hoag and his faithful basset hound Lulu. Handler wrote eight of the novels, winning both Edgar and American Mystery Awards for <i>The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald </i>(1990).&#xa0;<i>The Cold Blue Blood</i> (2001) introduced a new series character, New York film critic Mitch Berger, who fights his reclusive nature to solve crimes with the help of police Lieutenant Desiree Mitry. Handler has published eight novels starring the pair, with another, <i>The Snow White Christmas Cookie</i>, due out in 2012. In 2009 Handler published <i>Click to Play</i>, a stand-alone novel about an investigative reporter. He lives and writes in Old Lyme, Connecticut.&#xa0; &#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0;

10 The Coal Black Asphalt Tomb

Author : David Handler
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2014-03-25
Description :  The historic New England village of Dorset has actually elected a living, breathing <i>woman</i> as its First Selectman. And now she's about to undertake the Historic District's biggest public works project in a generation–the widening and re-grading of Dorset Street. The job has needed doing for ages but the previous First Selectman, Bob Paffin, always opposed it. So did a lot of Dorset's blue-blooded old guard. <br /><br />The long put-off dig uncovers a body buried underneath the pavement in front of the Congregational Church. It belongs to Lt. Lance Paffin, Bob Paffin's older brother, a dashing U.S. Navy flyer who went missing off his sailboat the night of the country club's spring dance more than forty years ago. Everyone had assumed he just left town. But now it's clear Lance has been under Dorset Street this whole time, and that he was murdered.<br /><br />Des and Mitch soon discover that there are deep, dark secrets surrounding Dorset's elite, and some very distinguished careers have been built on lies. <i>Coal Black Asphalt Tomb</i> is the tenth in David Handler's original and very funny Berger and Mitry mystery series featuring this engaging biracial couple.

11 The Snow White Christmas Cookie

Author : David Handler
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2012-10-16
Description :  The newest adventure featuring the mismatched romantic crime-fighting duo of New York City film critic Mitch Berger and Connecticut State Resident Trooper Desiree Mitry presents Des with her first taste of Christmas in the historic New England village of Dorset.<br /><br />And what a taste it is. Three blizzards have blanketed the village in forty inches of snow. Bryce Peck, Mitch's blue-blooded neighbor out on Big Sister Island, has just been found dead of a drug overdose. Young Kylie Champlain has slammed her car head-on into an office building after she's caught trying to shoplift a pair of Ugg boots. And a grinch has taken to stealing the mail from Hank Merrill's postal route, which happens to be the main route through the historic district.<br /><br />Stealing the U.S. mail is a serious federal crime, but Des soon discovers that she's onto something much bigger: a black-market prescription drug gang with ties to organized crime. And now a fourth blizzard is on its way. And so is another murder. And, somehow, the man in her life has managed to land himself smack dab in the middle of the whole mess. Not to mention that he's in way over his head with Josie Cantro, the beautiful and treacherous life-coach who just may be responsible for it all. If Des doesn't act fast, this will truly be a Christmas to remember---but for all of the wrong reasons.<br /><br />David Handler's ninth book in this original series is brimming with plenty of murder, mayhem, and holiday spirit.

12 The Man Who Loved Women to Death

Author : David Handler
Genre :  British Detectives  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2012-06-26
Description :  <b>A killer with a novelist’s touch wants Hoagy to be his editor</b><br />The author calls himself the Answer Man. He introduces himself to Stewart Hoag—onetime literary darling of the New York scene—with a letter begging for help with his first novel. Hoagy usually ignores such requests, but the Answer Man’s sample chapter grabs his attention. It is a chilling, first-person story about a man who picks up a girl in a pet shop, takes her home, and savagely murders her. The imagery is clear, the prose strong, and the storytelling as truthful as though the author had actually lived it. When he opens the next morning’s paper, Hoagy realizes he was reading nonfiction.&#xa0;A young pet shop employee has been bludgeoned to death, and the crime’s details match those in the manuscript. As the Answer Man keeps killing, he continues writing letters asking Hoagy to collaborate with him. If Hoagy can’t stop him soon, he may find himself starring in the book’s next chapter. <br />“A sleek, sophisticated, over-the-top story that’s filled with red herrings, laugh-aloud humor, and plenty of suspense.” —<i>Booklist</i>&#xa0;“Hoagy and Lulu are the best comic pairing since Fred and Ethel (and a darn sight better looking).” <b><i>—</i></b>Mark Schweizer, author of<i> The Alto Wore Tweed</i>&#xa0;“Handler’s breezy, unpretentious and warm-hearted hero provides a breath of fresh air in a world of investigative angst.” —<i>Publishers Weekly</i><br />David Handler (b. 1952) is the critically acclaimed author of several bestselling mystery series. He began his career as a New York City reporter, and wrote his first two novels—<i>Kiddo </i>(1987) and <i>Boss</i> (1988)—about his Los Angeles childhood. In 1988 he published <i>The Man Who Died Laughing</i>, the first of a series of mysteries starring ghostwriter Stuart Hoag and his faithful basset hound Lulu. Handler wrote eight of the novels, winning both Edgar and American Mystery awards for <i>The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald </i>(1990).&#xa0;<i>The Cold Blue Blood</i> (2001) introduced a new series character, New York film critic Mitch Berger, who fights his reclusive nature to solve crimes with the help of police Lieutenant Desiree Mitry. Handler has published eight novels starring the pair, with another, <i>The Snow White Christmas Cookie</i>, due out in 2012. In 2009 Handler published <i>Click to Play</i>, a stand-alone novel about an investigative reporter. He lives and writes in Old Lyme, Connecticut.&#xa0;

13 The Bright Silver Star

Author : David Handler
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2007-04-01
Description :  Mitch Berger has been accepted at least on the surface by some of the posh families in the small enclave to which he's moved - even his open affair with the beautiful black policewoman is looked upon peaceably. But when a member of the small group of men who gather for early-morning walks is found dead, the subsequent investigation, involving both Mitch and Desiree, opens a very large container of personal evil that has no place in any society.<br /><br />"With its vivid setting, quirky and unusual characters, and fast-paced plot skillfully interwoven with movie trivia, this cozy with attitude is sure to satisfy Handler's many committed fans and attract new ones." - <i>Publishers Weekly</i>

14 The Man Who Cancelled Himself

Author : David Handler
Genre :  British Detectives  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2012-06-26
Description :  <b>When America’s favorite sitcom star disgraces himself, Hoagy steps in</b><br />Lyle Hednut, known to America as Uncle Chubby, has been the top draw in television comedy for three seasons straight. He is three hundred pounds of good humor and wholesome charm, beloved by children and adults alike until the day the police find him enjoying the show at the wrong kind of movie theater in Times Square. The arrest destroys his image, but his sitcom is too popular for the network to shut down. About to start production on the fourth season, he decides to tell his side of the story, and hires Stewart Hoag—failed novelist and ghostwriter for the disgraced—to do the writing.&#xa0;Hoagy quickly sees that Uncle Chubby’s cheer is no more than an act. The comedy icon is thin-skinned, irrational, and prone to rage. With a man like that in charge of a TV show, it won’t be long before comedy violence turns into the real thing.<br />“Great fun. . . . The best part of the book is Hoagy’s gimlet-eyed observations of the fierce, delicious and dizzy infighting in Sitcom Land.” —<i>Publishers Weekly</i>&#xa0;“[Handler] writes a mean plot.” —<i>The New York Times</i>&#xa0;“Hoagy’s laid-back humor is easy to take.” —<i>Kirkus Reviews</i><br />David Handler (b. 1952) is the critically acclaimed author of several bestselling mystery series. He began his career as a New York City reporter, and wrote his first two novels—<i>Kiddo </i>(1987) and <i>Boss</i> (1988)—about his Los Angeles childhood. In 1988 he published <i>The Man Who Died Laughing</i>, the first of a series of mysteries starring ghostwriter Stuart Hoag and his faithful basset hound Lulu. Handler wrote eight of the novels, winning both Edgar and American Mystery awards for <i>The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald </i>(1990).&#xa0;<i>The Cold Blue Blood</i> (2001) introduced a new series character, New York film critic Mitch Berger, who fights his reclusive nature to solve crimes with the help of police Lieutenant Desiree Mitry. Handler has published eight novels starring the pair, with another, <i>The Snow White Christmas Cookie</i>, due out in 2012. In 2009 Handler published <i>Click to Play</i>, a stand-alone novel about an investigative reporter. He lives and writes in Old Lyme, Connecticut.&#xa0;

15 The Sour Cherry Surprise

Author : David Handler
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2008-07-08
Description :  Something has gone very wrong on bucolic Sour Cherry Lane. A straight-arrow high school student has started throwing wild sex parties. The distinguished history professor across the lane has gone missing. His estranged wife, a popular author of children's books, is strung out on crystal meth. And the new man in her life is under surveillance by a joint federal and state drug task force.<br /><br />It's not exactly a day in Yankee paradise for Desiree Mitry, the alluring resident trooper of Dorset, Connecticut. Especially when you throw in those unwelcome fainting spells she's been having ever since she broke it off with pudgy New York film critic Mitch Berger and took up again with her ex-husband, U.S. Attorney Brandon Stokes.<br /><br />Mitch has moved on with his life, saying good-bye to Dorset and hello to a new high-profile television career. Not to mention a newly slimmed-down and styled self. Des is completely out of his system. Or so Mitch thinks.<br /><br />Des, meanwhile, is furious to discover that a major drug cartel has been operating in Dorset right under her nose. Matters escalate when one of those troubled Sour Cherry Lane residents turns up dead. Des pursues the case in her own way. The problem is that <i>her</i> way gets her in way too deep. And there's only person who can possibly get her out.<br /><br />The question isn't whether Mitch will ride to her rescue. The question is whether the two of them will live to tell about it.<br /><br />The newest in this solidly entertaining series promises more twists and turns for the likable odd couple, and an astounding, heart-pounding conclusion.

16 The Blood Red Indian Summer

Author : David Handler
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2011-10-11
Description :  This newest mystery featuring Mitch Berger and Connecticut State Trooper Des Mitry presents Des with her first genuine racially charged case in the historic New England village of Dorset, the gem of Connecticut's Gold Coast.<br /><br />Tyrone "Da Beast" Grantham, the famously volatile NFL superstar linebacker, has just been suspended for "conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the league." When Tyrone and his entourage decide to spend his season in exile in bucolic Dorset---much to the dismay of his early-to-bed, ultra-white neighbors---Des is put on the spot. And when Tyrone's eighteen-year-old sister-in-law, Kinitra, washes up on Mitch's beach one morning, bloodied and barely alive, Des is on the case. Especially when it turns out that Kinitra is eight weeks pregnant. Good thing there's nothing else serious going on in our heroes' lives right now. Like, say, Mitch's parents arriving from Florida at long last to meet the new woman of color in their nice Jewish boy's life.<br /><br /><i>The Blood Red Indian Summer </i>makes a fine and entertaining addition to David Handler's award-winning, critically-acclaimed series.

17 The Sweet Golden Parachute

Author : David Handler
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2007-04-01
Description :  <b>Handler's fifth novel in this charming and edgy series displays his deftness in creating memorable, distinctive characters and for crafting uniquely entertaining mysteries.</b><br /><br />A storm is brewing in Dorset. <br /><br />Poochie Vickers, the local aristocrat, is becoming even more eccentric in her old age. She's taken up shoplifting and reckless driving but refuses to see a doctor. Her worrisome daughter, Claudia, is angling to take over the family fortune, which makes some of the would-be beneficiaries uneasy. Two of Dorset's biggest troublemakers are being released from prison. And the bad blood between these two families, rich on the one hand, swamp Yankee on the other, could come to a boiling point: Two young people from the families are dating, to no one's delight but their own.<br /><br />Someone is bound to snap, and someone does, resulting in the brutal murder of a harmless and homeless man who went about town collecting recyclables. <br /><br />While Des is trying to track down the murderer, she's also trying to wrap her head around the idea of marrying Mitch. When so many things are going wrong, loving someone seems like a big risk.<br /><br />"Handler once again delivers a top-notch tale of crime and intrigue." - <i>Publishers Weekly</i>

18 Runaway Man

Author : David Handler
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2013-08-20
Description :  Benji Golden works in his family's struggling mom-and-pop business above a twenty-four-hour diner on Broadway and West 103rd Street. Golden Legal Services, a private detective agency, was started by Benji's hero-cop father. The business is now run by Benji's mother, who used to be the only Jewish pole dancer in New York City, and is staffed by Lovely Rita, an eye-popping computer wizard and a former lap dancer.<br /><br />Baby-faced Benji—who is exactly one-quarter inch shy of five-foot-six, weighs a buck thirty-seven, and answers to the nickname "Bunny"—specializes in tracking down teen runaways. One day, when a lawyer in fancy shoes arrives from Park Avenue's classiest law firm offering a job and lots of money, Benji and his mother can't say no. <br /><br />Bruce Weiner is a senior at prestigious Canterbury College. A client of the firm has bestowed a considerable inheritance on Bruce, but Bruce has gone missing, and it's up to Benji to find him. One murder later, Benji finds himself on a dangerous investigation that will take him to the highly secretive core of the most powerful city on earth.<br /><br /><i>Runaway Man</i> delivers all that a David Handler novel promises: smart humor, a thrilling and sexy story, and characters you won't soon forget.

19 Why It's Okay for an Old Man to be a Justin Bieber Fan

Author : David Handler
Genre :  Humor  Books 
Price :  $0.99
Release Date :  2011-06-26
Description :  David C. Handler is a bitter 68 year old man who loves Justin Bieber. Outraged by media ridicule of a grown man said to have gotten a large tattoo of Bieber's face on the front of his thigh, Handler has taken the burden upon himself to defend all the men of his age who happen to enjoy Bieber's music.<br /><br />In this eBook, Handler defensively and defiantly promulgates 75 reasons for his unyielding belief: It's okay for an Old Man to be a Bieber Fan.

20 The Hot Pink Farmhouse

Author : David Handler
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2007-04-01
Description :  <i>Mitch stammered, stunned. It had just hit him. He had not happened upon just any old wino. The man standing down in the bin was Dorset's most famous and reclusive resident, Wendell Frye, the man who had single-handedly redefined modern American sculpture...His towering, breathtaking scrap-metal sculptures graced plazas and parks throughout the world, his name echoing alongside that of Alexander Calder, Isamu Noguchi ad Ellsworth Kelly...If the art critic from Mitch's paper somehow got a chance to meet him, she would, well, plotz.. And here Mitch was standing in a dumpster talking to him about Abbott and Costello.</i><br /><br />Transplanted New York film critic Mitch Berger is discovering a whole new world in the idyllic atmosphere of wealthy Dorset, Connecticut, not the least of which is his new love. That's Resident State Trooper Desiree Mitry, beautiful, bright, and strong-minded. Des has transferred out of her position as the highest-ranking black woman in the State Police Homicide department to give more time to the art for which she has a sure talent. <br /><br />Shortly after Mitch's encounter with "Hangtown" Frye in the town dump, his new friend suffers the worst blow of his life - his beloved daughter "Moose" is killed when her sister's car, which she was driving, explodes. It's very soon clear that the explosion was no accident, and Des, as one more familiar with the community than the state cop in charge, takes an advisory part in the investigation. <br /><br />As one of the very few Dorset citizens with whom Frye will have any truck, Mitch is involved in two directions - as a good friend willing to help as he can around the dilapidated farmhouse that is Frye's ancestral home, and as the devoted, if unlikely, lover of the police officer unofficially but very actively on the case.<br /><br />Meanwhile, the old town is coming to a boil over the question of a new public elementary school, one that will be built with contributions from a developer with nothing but good wishes for the education of the local children, and coincidentally a program of healthful outdoor living for those who can afford the homes he will build on the old school property. Hangtown and Mitch are among the dispute's dubious. In a climax that is a realistic and frightening version of a tour through an amusement park "haunted" house, the film critic and his policewoman love come close to tragedy. <br /><br />Readers met these "wonderfully drawn characters [Susan Isaacs] and "best buddy team to come along in years" [Jeffrey Deaver] in Handler's first book of the series, <i>The Cold Blue Blood</i>. Here Handler carries on their sharp, inimitable and lively adventures to further delight his readers.

21 The Lavender Lane Lothario

Author : David Handler
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2016-02-23
Description :  Every year, the Gant family performs an annual ritual desecrating the tomb of Aurora Bing. The Gants have held a grudge against the legendary silent film star for almost eighty years, but for Shem Gant and his son, things have become personal. Aurora's only grandchild, Hubie Swope, has shut down Shem's notoriously rowdy beachfront bar, and refuses to allow The Pit to reopen until Shem undertakes expensive upgrades. This means war. And when The Pit catches fire and Hubie Swope's charred remains are found in the rubble, it also means murder.<br /><br />Who killed Hubie Swope? Crime-fighting duo Mitch and Des have no idea. Not only are Shem and his son prime suspects, but so are the women in Hubie's life. To their surprise, Mitch and Des discover that Dorset's building inspector, a quiet widower who repaired cuckoo clocks in his little house on Lavender Lane, was secretly juggling four girlfriends at once. And then there's Gaylord Holland, a builder who had a beef of his own with Hubie. Dorset is in turmoil, and only New York City film critic Mitch Berger and Connecticut State Police Resident Trooper Des Mitry can put it back together.<br /><br />This is the eleventh in David Handler's original, hilarious and charming series featuring the engaging biracial couple that fans love.

22 The Burnt Orange Sunrise

Author : David Handler
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2007-04-01
Description :  <i>The legendary ninety-four-year-old Ada Geiger was one of the twentieth century's most illustrious, controversia,l and remarkable cultural figures--- the only person, living or dead, who had been a colleague of both Amelia Earhart and the Rolling Stones. She was also one of Mitch's absolute idols.... When Les, the innkeeper, had contacted Mitch a few weeks back, Mitch was thrilled to participate in the event planned for Ada's return.... Les had promised him that it would be a dignified, low-key symposium. </i><br />- from <i>The Burnt Orange Sunrise</i><br /><br />But Les lied. He had much bigger plans, full of Hollywood heavy-hitters, supermodels, rap music stars, high-profile athletes, and camera crews from every celebrity TV show in America. They are all to gather at the faux castle that Ada's husband had built for her in little Dorset, Connecticut. All of them would come to celebrate the return of Ada Geiger from self-imposed exile---just the kind of event Mitch Berger hates, even though idolizing Ada was one of the things that had led him into the film world as a critic. But it's too late to pull out now.<br /><br />Then Mitch has a lucky break---or so he thinks at the time. The snowiest winter anyone under the age of ninety could remember has hit Dorset and vicinity with what seems like six more inches every three days. Soon, the regrets and "have to wait till tomorrows" come flowing in. The gathering is pared down to what Les had falsely promised---just a few people: Ada's immediate family, Mitch and his lover, beautiful police officer Des Mitry, and a few "deserving" others make a manageably small group. When it snows even harder, they are all prisoners of the storm. <br /><br />The reduced guest list makes the job a little easier for Des and Mitch when one by one the people at the Castle are killed off. Since our two friends have no intention of waiting to pinpoint the murderer until he---or she---is the only one left standing, Des and Mitch dare to dive into a breathtaking climax that has Des taking a terrible chance, and Mitch taking a worse one.

23 Phantom Angel

Author : David Handler
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2015-02-10
Description :  <b>A wickedly funny private eye novel set in the dark underbelly of New York City, where the worlds of Broadway and organized crime meet</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b>When it comes to tracking down teen runaways, there is no private investigator in New York City better than streetwise Benji Golden. But his newest client is Morrie Frankel, the last of the great Broadway showmen. Morrie's current extravaganza, a lavish $65 million musical adaptation of Emily Bronte's <i>Wuthering Heights,</i> is the biggest unfolding disaster the Great White Way has ever seen. Rumor has it, if he doesn't find a deep-pocketed "angel," or investor, soon, he might go down and take the production with him.<br /><br />Morrie thought he had found such an investor in hedge fund billionaire R.J. Farnell, who promised to keep the teetering production afloat. But Farnell and his $12 million have vanished. Benji tracks Farnell to his girlfriend, Jonquil Beausoleil, who turns the investigation on its head. When Morrie is found gunned down on 42nd Street, Benji finds himself smack in the middle of a high-profile murder investigation, and he'll have to pierce through a lot of Broadway gossip before he can find the killer.<br /><br /><i>Phantom Angel </i>is the next entertaining installment in David Handler's newest mystery series, sure to delight both old and new fans of this award--winning, unique voice in crime fiction.

24 The Man Who Couldn't Miss

Author : David Handler
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books 
Release Date :  2018-08-14
Description :  The&#xa0;tenth&#xa0;addition to&#xa0;the Edgar Award-winning Stewart&#xa0;Hoag mystery series presents an old Hollywood murder mystery with a quirky twist.<br /><br />The Man Who Couldn’t Miss, the tenth novel in David Handler’s beloved Edgar-winning series, finds celebrity ghostwriter Stewart “Hoagy” Hoag in Connecticut, where his ex-wife, Oscar-winning actress Merilee Nash, is directing a stage production to benefit a local theatre. But when one among the starry cast is found murdered, it’s up to Hoagy—accompanied by his faithful and cowardly basset hound Lulu—to unmask the killer.

25 A Hot and Sultry Night for Crime

Author : Jeffery Deaver, Loren D. Estleman, Toni LP Kelner, Suzanne C. Johnson, John Lutz, Gary Brandner, Mat Coward, Angela Zeman, Robert Lee Hall, Tim Myers, G. Miki Hayden, Jeremiah Healy, Alan Cook, David Bart, Ana Rainwater, Sinclair Browning, Marilyn Wallace, Carolyn Wheat, David Handler & Ronnie Klaskin
Genre :  Mysteries & Thrillers  Books  Short Stories 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2017-09-18
Description :  <i>TEMPERS&#xa0;FLARE&#xa0;IN&#xa0;THE&#xa0;HEAT&#xa0;OF&#xa0;THE&#xa0;NIGHT… </i><br /><br />…And the wrong move, the wrong word, even the wrong look can set off any man or woman already driven past their boiling point. <i>A Hot and Sultry Night for Crime</i>, edited by bestselling author Jeffery Deaver, features 20 stories of people dealing with not just the&#xa0;torrid weather, but all different kinds of heat. From a retired police chief pitching in on a missing dog report that leads to him solving a murder to a mystery of Southern manners that proves the heat brings out the worst in everybody to a Los Angeles gumshoe who goes to a movie to cool off, but finds a still-warm body inside the theater, these mystery stories all prove that when the temperature rises, anyone can go crazy from the heat, and the most cold-blooded crimes can be committed during the hottest, darkest nights…<br /><br />This volume contains the following award-winning or nominated stories: “Lady on Ice” by Loren D. Estleman, winner of the 2003 Shamus Award for Best Short Story; “Green Heat” by Angela Zeman, selected for The Best American Mystery Short Stories 2004, edited by Nelson DeMille and Otto Penzler; and “War Crimes” by G. Miki Hayden and “Child Support” by Ronnie Klaskin were both nominated for the Best Short Story Macavity Award.

26 Kiddo

Author : David Handler
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Family 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  1986-12-12
Description :  <b>“A witty and compassionate coming-of-age tale . . . a noble lesson in growing up.”—<i>The Hartford Courant</i></b><br /><br /> The&#xa0;story of the adventures of Danny Levine, Mousey Stern, and Newt Biddle growing up together in Southern California back in 1962, <i>Kiddo</i> is a novel of the California ’60s that you will want to read aloud to your friends, give to people who lived through it, and cherish as a memory of a better—and worse—times.

27 The Boss

Author : David Handler
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Family  Literary 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1988-03-12
Description :  Kiddo is back and a decade older. At 23, he's not much wiser or thinner, but the family business needs him, and so does the woman of his dreams. It's time to grow up--whatever that means.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>



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