FAREWELL, MY DEUCE by Renée Pawlish

“Life and the detecting business are running smoothly for private eye Reed Ferguson, until one of the Goofball Brothers goes missing. Reed leads the search and soon discovers Deuce’s connection to some unscrupulous characters. As Reed learns more about Deuce’s activities, the clues point to intrigue, danger and death. But will Reed find his friend alive, or will it be “Farewell, My Deuce.”  ”

A fun lite noir detective story.  Yeah, I know.  ‘Fun’, and ‘lite’ aren’t usually paired with ‘noir’, but this is a new world we live in, baby, and we have to get our thrills where we find them.    Built as an homage to Raymond Chandler’s Farewell, My Lovely,  this enjoyable read follows P.I. Reed Ferguson as he searches for one of his friends, the eponymous Deuce, brother to Ace, both named by their poker playing father .

So delightfully film noir, but set in the modern era, with plenty of references to days of old, it calls up images of Carole Lombard in her satin dresses, and Bogart being Bogart.   This is the fourth in an almost endless series of 16 Ferguson books.  So channel your soft-boiled hardboiled inner P.I. and have a read.

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