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Mr Swirlee (Dev Haskell - Private Investigator, Book 2) by [Faricy, Mike]
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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: 2954 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Mike Faricy (14 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056396DS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #145,145 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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Fast, action -packed, totally unbelievable and great fun. Bodies strewn about but nothing nasty, all clean killing.
Plot? Well, a nasty bit of work sells icecream with a byeline in betting ( taking bets in an ice cream van does seem strange - here they'd just set up a legit shop - but maybe the Yanks are stricter). The nasty gets hurt in a hit and run, Dev is employed to find out who dunnit, and mayhem begins.
Ok, he's not an advert for sobriety or chastity, but his women are all willing and the booze is probably essential given the number of times he gets beaten up.
Looking forward to the next case.
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I'm probably giving this a half star more than it deserves as I like the Dev Hasklin series - but this is not the best so, if you've not read one before, don't start with this one.

The guilty party was apparant from too early on and there's a lot of drunk driving in this one (don't remember there being so much in others - and I've read a few as I'm reading them out of sync). By which I mean - everyone drinks a lot and yet still drives around and there's never any consequences.

Still - I like the way Mike writes and the series is entertaining.
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I tried this book with no preconceptions and was very pleasantly surprised; the storyline was well concieved and written in such a cliff-hanger way that the elements of suspense and pathos were, in my estimation, maintained throughout the book. I reccommend this to anyone who likes thrilling reads.
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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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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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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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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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