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The Greer Agency
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Author: Harris Tobias
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The Greer Agency is a gritty detective fiction presented in 15 separate, but connected stories. The reader follows the development of private detective Mike Greer, the only PI in the Altoona, PA phone book. It’s tough to make a living in a decaying old railroad town, but with the help of an anonymous benefactor, Greer lands some interesting cases—cases that he solves with guts and determination. Throughout the stories, his budding romance with Susan grows. Eventually, they realize they are right for each other. Readers will find Mike Greer an accessible everyman with luck, pluck, smarts and a host of interesting friends. He finds his way into and out of problems large and small. Greer narrates the stories in a refreshing and original voice. Each story has its own plot and can stand on its own, but as the book progresses, the mysteries pile up and the plots get more complex until the explosive last story.

   Rating: 5.00 Reviews: 3

User: kerochan Tobias Harris tries something different here, and it works. Instead of a mastermind sleuth of the kind you see in many books, the guy who runs the "Greer Agency" took a correspondence course to become a detective. And he didn't do so well. What makes this gritty book work is not mysteries solved by clever sleuthing, though you'll find a bit of that, but rather the look and feel of a dying railroad town, and real people scrabbling to survive on the edges of society. The characters are great. The book takes a hard look at life, and it's a look worth taking. I give it a solid 4.5 stars (I rounded it up since the review system is a 5-point scale). It's a solid book, well worth reading.
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