The Highly Effective Detective

The Highly Effective Detective

A Teddy Ruzak Novel

Book - 2006
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From the critically acclaimed author of Confessions of a Tax Collector and The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp comes The Highly Effective Detective --a hilarious and thrilling series debut featuring a lovable but bumbling private investigator.   Meet Teddy Ruzak, the oversized, over-his-head P.I. whose first case begins with the hit-and-run killing of a gaggle of goslings.   After his ailing mother dies, Teddy quits his job as a night watchman to fulfill his childhood dream of being a detective. With little planning and even less foresight, he hangs up his shingle and hires his favorite waitress from the local diner to be his Girl Friday.   And his first case? Bringing to justice the thoughtless driver who mows down six baby geese. Not the most exciting assignment--until Teddy's "wild-goose chase" quickly evolves into an investigation of a vicious murder.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur, c2006.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312347529
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY YANCEY R
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 22 cm.


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PimaLib_SherrieB Nov 04, 2015

When Teddy Ruzak loses his mother he decides to make some changes. Alone in the world, Teddy is at home in his own head. He can be chivalrous and naïve, and he’s more likely to cogitate than to think. Teddy approaches the world with a sincerity, and a vocabulary, that a lot of people don’t understand.

An unfolding mystery and interesting characters make this first book in the Highly Effective Detective series a light, entertaining read.

Nov 30, 2012

I'd say this book is passable. Nothing amazing or ground-breaking about it, bland overall.


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