Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A Tom Collins to Go by Jim Hart

“…a fast-paced, gripping story…”

A Tom Collins to Go
Harry Parker Mysteries Book 1
by Jim Hart 

Times change, but when it comes to certain genres of literature, sometimes the old ways are the best ways. There are still legions of loyal readers who long for the days of Dashiell Hammet and Mickey Spillane. Robert B. Parker, the famous modern day detective novelist knew this and successfully incorporated some of the deadpan style and film noir humor and drama of these authors into the modern-day adventures of his private eye, Spencer.

Jim Hart has created a powerful rendering of the golden era of the private eye story in his new novel, A Tom Collins to Go. The work chronicles the adventures of private eye Harry Parker who works in the Big Apple back in the days when it was still Gotham City. Harry drinks too much, laments his failed marriage, longs for his ex and scratches out a living as a hardscrabble PI. Which all lends to his ‘don’t give a damn’ demeanor and what makes him so lovable.

I believe that the skillful combination of all of these elements will give readers of this genre exactly what they are looking for.

My review…
Author Jim Hart writes a fast-paced, gripping story of Harry Parker, a PI from Post World War II, 1947 Brooklyn, New York. Harry is a dynamic character, quickly bringing you into his story; the dark side of Brooklyn, a group of intriguing characters, witty scenarios, and gumshoe antics – notes under doors, waiting in the rain, shady characters, and shadows of clues – all which make a great PI adventure. Author Hart uses actual locations/landmarks, 1947 props, along with endearing characters, all combined to make A Tom Collins to Go recommended reading for everyone. The first in the Harry Parker Mysteries Series, I look forward to future volumes! 

Read Jim’s Riding & Writing Interview here!

About the Author
Jim Hart was raised in Brooklyn where he still resides with his wife. He began his working life as a drummer in rock and blues bands before beginning a thirty-year career in the New York City Sanitation Department. During which time he worked his way through the ranks to serve in such positions as the Deputy Director of Public Affairs and Director of Correspondence for the Sanitation Police. Proving inspiration can come from the strangest places. He retired from the Department to pursue his love for writing. Besides Jim’s own collection: "Ramblings Of A One-Eyed Garbage Man," he’s been published in over 60 journals and reviews throughout the world. Jim has also co-written two songs for “Change My World” the recently released Peter Stevens Band cd.

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