USA Today best-selling author
Mortimer Angel, ex-IRS agent, PI-in-training has a reputation—he specializes in body parts
IRS agent-turned-PI Mortimer Angel is relaxing in a hole-in-the-wall bar in a Reno casino when an attractive young girl hires him to find out who left her a cryptic message demanding a million dollars.
At the girl's house, Mort finds the body of missing rapper Jonnie Xenon—Jo-X to his legions of fans—hanging from the rafters with two bullet holes in him. Mort is shocked when he learns the identity of the girl's father—and even more shocked when he is hired to investigate the murder.
Mort, being Mort, accumulates a few felonies as he follows the clues to Las Vegas. And along the way, he picks up an alluring young assistant who changes his life—in every conceivable way.
The perfect mix of John Sanford and Carl Hiaasen
While all of the novels in the Mortimer Angel Gumshoe Series stand on their own and can be read in any order, the publication sequence is:
Gumshoe for Two
Gumshoe on the Loose
Gumshoe in the Dark (coming June 2021)
Leininger burlesques the gumshoe subgenre in his uneven third outing for 42-year-old Reno, Nev., PI-in-training Mort Angel (after 2017's Gumshoe for Two). Mort is flattered when a beautiful woman, who identifies herself only as Danya, approaches him in a bar and says she's looking for a maverick PI. She leaves before she can explain what she wants of him, but promises to be in touch. The next day, Danya phones and asks Mort to check out an intruder at her house. There Mort finds journalist snoop Vincent Ignacio from the scandal sheet Celebrity News sneaking around. Ignacio admits to stalking Shanna Hayes, yet another beautiful woman, who's married to Danya. Complications arise after Mort discovers the body of missing rapper Jonnie "Jo-X" Xenon hanging in Danya and Shanna's garage, and Danya turns out to be the daughter of his Reno police nemesis, Russell Fairchild. Leininger's mix of humor and the hard-boiled will strike some readers as awkward. Still, Mickey Spillane fans who can make do with a cut-rate version of Mike Hammer may be satisfied.
They keep getting better and better. Hate to finish one because I don’t have too many left in this series.