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.
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.
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.
Runaway Man delivers all that a David Handler novel promises: smart humor, a thrilling and sexy story, and characters you won't soon forget.
This promising first in a new PI series from Handler (The Snow White Christmas Cookie and eight other Berger and Mitry mysteries) introduces Ben "Benji" Golden of Golden Legal Services. The small agency, founded by Benji's father, Meyer Golden, an ex-NYPD homicide detective, is now owned by Meyer's widow, Abby, a former pole dancer. Joining her is the agency's secretary, Rita, once a lap dancer. Benji, Abby, and Rita make a formidable team as upscale lawyer Peter Seymour learns when he hires them to locate missing Bruce Weiner, a student at Manhattan's Canterbury College. Finding Bruce leads to murder and involves the low-profile detective with some of New York City's most high-profile families. Gorgeous Sonya Posner, introduced to Benji by a match-making friend, provides some romantic distraction. Benji holds his own with the big shots and a skilled professional killer in this auspicious and amusing debut.