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Mr Swirlee (Dev Haskell - Private Investigator, Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Mike Faricy
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Book Description

Mr Swirlee is the SECOND off-beat mystery in the Dev Haskell mystery series.


"Laugh a minute story line in another of Faricy's deliciously engaging worlds..." -The Irish Gazette

Skirt-chasing, wise-cracking, dysfunctional Private Investigator Dev Haskell leaves his usual stool at the Spot Bar to take on what looks like a cakewalk job: keep ice cream mogul Mr. Swirlee alive. Turns out Mr. Swirlee is anything but a cakewalk... He's a ruthless "entrepreneur" with a flash temper, a mean streak a mile wide, and a laundry list of people who want to do him in---including his sex-crazed girlfriend Lola. Things go from bad to worse when Dev discovers his client is running a gambling ring in his ice cream trucks. When Dev's revelation is detected, a dead body ends up in the trunk of his car. Once again, our hero is in over his head. Thank God for Dev's sometime friend, felon Tony "Dog" Colli, who agrees to help out.

Murder, mayhem, romance, double cross, and bodies pile up as Dog and Dev follow their difficult client through the streets of St. Paul in the steamy summertime, spinning a colorful yard with a healthy serving of the bizarre. A fast paced tale of bottom feeders and the criminal class, Mr. Swirlee will leave you at turns gasping and laughing your way through Dev Haskell's screwy world.

"You'll be chuckling at midnight and trying to remember when the dives close in your neighborhood..." -Crimeways Magazine

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About the Author

Mike Faricy lives in St. Paul, Minnesota and Dublin, Ireland. He's been a soldier, a bartender, and a freelance journalist. He's sold designer cakes as well as owned a painting and decorating company. On the off chance none of his paying jobs offend you, he also plays the bagpipes in the Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band. All Mike's books are stand alone, you can read them in any order. He writes of the St. Paul your mother warned you about, filled with the sort of oddballs and flakes that make us curious, but we wisely prefer to keep at a distance. None of his characters will be saving the world from terrorism, international banking conspiracies or coups to take over the government. Mike's characters inhabit a world just below the surface of polite society with one foot on either side of the law. They serve not so much as an example but as a warning. The circumstances of their lives are usually the result of bad decisions, but then bad decisions make for very interesting stories.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2903 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Mike Faricy (14 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056396DS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,822 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mike Faricy is the Award Winning Author of crime fiction mysteries woven together with a rich strain of humor and even some romance.

The Dirty Lowdown called Mike Faricy America's hottest new mystery writer. Robert Carraher referred to him as Minnesota's Master of the Bizarre. Crime Scene referred to him as the next Carl Hiaasen. Crime Capers said; "Open at your own risk, you won't put him down." Under Cover wrote; "This guy is nuts and one hell of a lot of fun." The Irish Gazette referred to "The laugh a minute story lines of Faricy's deliciously engaging worlds."
All his books are stand alone, they can be read in any order. Faricy's novels are filled with the sort of oddballs we're all curious about, but wisely prefer to keep at a distance. His characters serve not so much as an example as they do a warning to us all. None of them will be saving the world from terrorism, international banking conspiracies or coups to take over the government. Rather, Faricy's characters inhabit a world just below the surface of polite society. The circumstances they find themselves in are usually due to their own bad decisions, but then bad decisions make for interesting stories.
Faricy's Dev Haskell series is penned with a delightful sense of humor and even some romance. Entertainment is the name of the game as back slapping, corner cutting, babe magnet Dev Haskell interacts with such quirky characters as ice cream mogul Mr. Swirlee, The D'Angelo brothers, local crime lord Tubby Gustafson, 'Fat Freddie' Zimmerman, former NFL tight end Luscious Dixon, exotic dancer Swindle Lawless, and gorgeous Heidi Bauer. The Dev Haskell novels can be read in any order.
Faricy's debut stand alone novel was Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick. He has also written five additional stand alone titles; Baby Grand, Chow for Now, End of the Line, Finders Keepers and Merlot.
Faricy also wrote the popular novella Irish Dukes under the pen name Jack Tunney in the wildly successful Fight Card series.
Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Faricy still spends part of his time in the saintly city as well as in Dublin, Ireland. Contact information for Mike Faricy is listed just after this shameless list of titles. Thanks for taking the time and be sure to tell 2-300 of your closest friends.
Dev Haskell - Private Investigator series: (Read in any order)
Russian Roulette: Case 1
Mr. Swirlee: Case 2
Bite Me: Case 3
Bombshell: Case 4
Tutti Frutti: Case 5
Last Shot: Case 6
Ting-A-Ling: Case 7
Crickett: Case 8
Bulldog: Case 9
Double Trouble: Case 10
Twinkle Toes (a FREE short story)

Stand alone reading order:
Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick
Baby Grand
Chow for Now
End of the Line
Finders Keepers

Novella: Irish Dukes (In the Fight Card series under the pseudonym Jack Tunney)

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2.0 out of 5 stars We were not amused 27 Mar. 2015
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I wanted to like the book, but couldn't quite manage it. The private investigator Dev is an alcoholic womanizer and though he's nice in some ways, he's not really very bright. I guess it's supposed to be humorous, but it wasn't Carl Hiassen, and it failed to amuse. The dire situations Dev got himself into just became tiresome. I did read it all - it was undemanding reading on the bus. It was pretty clear why didn't have any clients, less clear why so many women ended up in bed with him, or seemed to wish to be. The villains were viciously villainous, much more interesting than the detective. So good to see them dealt with.

There were a lot of elements that I felt I would like, yet it just didn't come together for me. If there were a free offer on another of the books in the series, I think I'd give it a try. But on the basis of Mr Swirlee, I wouldn't actually buy one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining 20 May 2013
"Mr. Softee" is the second book by Mike Faricy that I have read and also the second that involved PI Devlin Haskill.
Devlin Haskill is a hilarious and very well written main character with his string of ex-wives, his love for drink and bars and he seems more accidentally successful than skilled. It was a pleasure to follow Haskill tell us about the case as it develops.
In this case a mean businessman, Ice Cream Van mogul Mr. Softee hires Haskill after he narrowly escaped death by a run away driver. The investigation leads Haskill into more bars and contact with suspects. Then a potential witness is murdered and the plot takes off from there. Haskill becomes a suspect himself and with the help of a former client, nick named dog, he tries to crack the case.
The narrative is easy and hugely enjoyable to follow, there are great comic scenes and despite the more humorous character of the book the mystery is not as obvious as you would have expected from detective series of this kind. I was genuinely surprised many times as the story unfolded.
There is action, suspense and great writing, making this author one to watch and the series one to recommend to anyone who likes crime fiction that isn't all too serious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They all get their just desserts in the end! 3 Mar. 2015
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This is a real roller coaster of a book, as our generally hapless detective lurches from one situation to the next, each one worse and more life-threatening than the one before. There's a lot of violence, and some rather coyly understated sex, but on the whole it's a really enjoyable page turner, and in the end, everyone gets their just desserts (swirlee - ice-cream -desserts : geddit?).
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By D. Bull
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This is a proper guilty pleasure read. It has no pretensions of being great literature but is good escapist fayre. The hero is all too human in his frailties and all the more likeable for that. A lovely light read that should please all lovers of this type of fiction, a little of the Raymond Chandler in there.
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Mr. Swirlee is book 2 in the series of 6. This was least favourite, to begin with, as the topic was, I thought a bit silly, but as I got into it, found it to be anything but........ although Mr. Swirlee made me cringe at his description... yuck..... I read the series in order, and grew to really love the character of Dev Haskell, and his best friend Aron a Lt. in the Police force.. however, Aron didn't show up much after book one, which was a shame, as the argumentative banter that went on between the two was priceless.....
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4.0 out of 5 stars More than the sum of its parts 2 April 2012
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My second Faricy book and I detect a pattern forming. Mike's really big on sleaze. He does it with accomplished authority. His style is tongue-in-cheek black humour and his characterisation so good that you feel like washing your hands every time certain characters ooze into the story.
I'm a distant relative of Raymond Chandler and accordingly have read all the master's books. It was Chandler who set the mould for the down-at-heel private eye which set the standard for everyone to follow. Mike's hapless PI, Devlin Haskell, gives Marlow a run for his money.
The story is centred around ice cream (hence the title) where Haskell is engaged by obnoxious ice cream boss, Mr. Softee, (great part for Danny de Vito) to discover who was trying to kill him. The plot weaves this way and that faster than a cone would melt on the equator. It's a terrific page-turner of a yarn that has a very satisfying ending.
I do have one or two technical gripes. Devlin is a wow with the women who all want to jump into bed with him at the drop of a thong but we never get a clear description. My old English professor always made a point of making a point that you should describe your MC early on to fix him in the reader's eye. There are some spelling errors; it took me a while to figure out why Dev was mopping around before realising he should have been moping. I shouldn't carp too much as spelling and punctuation errors were few and far between. The only other thing that struck me was that Mike did rather telegraph the main perp early on which took some of the surprise out of the mystery.
All in all though, a great read if you like your heroes with feet of clay, your femme fatales fatal and your good guys out on top. Nice one, Mike. I think I'm hooked.
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This is the second book in the Dev Haskell series and equally enjoyable. I love the humour and brilliant characters (not least our hero Dev!) that Mike Faricy creates. Murder and mayhem throughout plus many laughs along the way! Can't wait to read book three!
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