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THE RELUCTANT DETECTIVE and other stories


The stories in the collection are:

“The Reluctant Detective” – nominated for an Edgar in 1984

“Rainey Shines” – an amateur detective couple solve a murder in the English town I lived in for thirty years

“Danny Gets It Right” – this and the following stories feature Hoosier ex-Vice President Dan Quayle as the, um, detective
“Danny Pulls His Weight”

“The Stranger” – a visitor to a southern Indiana town seems what he’s not

“Night Shift” – Leroy Powder educates a Japanese visitor about Indianapolis policing

“What a Woman Wants” – another Indy police story

“Boss” – inspired by Kawabata’s “Palm of the Hand” stories

“Wrong Number” – prize winner in 1981’s International Crime Writers’ Short Story competition

“The Hand that Feeds Me” – Rover solves a murder

“The Hit” – a conversation on a train

“If the Glove Fits” – nominated for an Edgar in 2002

“You Pay for Everything” – a writer helps with a difficult child

“Suicide Note” – a writer checks out

“Family Business” – this, and the next five stories, all involve cases for the Lunghi family of Bath private eyes
“Wedding Bells”
“Gains and Losses”
“Travel Plans”
“Pay Phone”
“Gunpoint”

“Mr Hard Man” – an American hit man plies his trade in Bath in a story that has its first publication in this book