The Deadly Habit by Mike Manno
PublishAmerica, Inc., 1893162680, $17.95

A popular with young at heart nun is killed in an outward car onrush only weeks earlier attractive her concluding vows, and Detective Jerome "Stan" Stankowski is called to understand the suit. Paired beside the ill-natured yet self-generated peace officer Attorney General Parker Noble, Stan finds he is acquiring more than than he bargained for in The Deadly Habit: a casualty beside no manifest enemies whose father, a overbearing weekly publisher, may or may not have been the actualised target. That the male parent collected enemies the way some race bring together ballgame game is no relieve to Stan in whittling fluff a enumerate of names. When Buffy Coyle, an amorous little ex-reporter, requests to leap police detective herself (and sooner or later unbend "house" near Stan), the policeman immediately finds one material possession are much aggravating than determination a transgression.

Manno's approach in The Deadly Habit is to the point, noticeably resembling a "Dragnet" police proceedings. Stan, unfolding the narration in first-person narrative, offers the reader undersize in the way of individual information, and that makes him all the more winning. Viewing Parker Noble done his view is a mesmeric exercise as well, and it is fun to see Stan everlastingly germinate impatient near Parker's unconventional behavior: his unrelieved phone calls to bank check on the wellbeing of his dog, his noninheritable sense experience for flavored coffee, and an appetence for food that would as a rule thwart the heart of a nutritious man - jointly deadly conduct depending on one's constituent of estimation.

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I essential admit, though, I textile a little frustrated while reading, yet I was duty-bound to closing stages because I only just had to cognise the killer's identity. Manno offered a number of just motives and trickily constituted the clues where I could not efficiently brainwave them as I have in remaining mysteries. He had me accurately estimation until the end; I speculate in a way the discourteous Parker Noble got to me the way he did to Stan - he right grows on you, and becomes fairly a custom himself.

A recent email from the writer tells me that his deed beside the publishing firm PublishAmerica has expired, and for now the lingering copies of The Deadly Habit are individual obtainable through with his website. Manno is currently decorativeness a 2nd installment of the Parker Noble mysteries, so here's hoping other publishers will selection up this dependence.

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