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Fast Shuffle
by David Black
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Forge, 2015 (2015)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Fast Shuffle by David Black introduces readers to Harry Dickinson, an old-school PI, who realizes he can trust no one. He finds himself embroiled in 'darkness, danger and death'. Is he truly tracking a killer? Or is the killer tracking him? Is his past catching up to him?

Harry and his girl Friday end up on the run, hunted by friends, relatives, the police and the killer. Harry feels he cannot outrun anyone, but what should he do? How can he stay alive and keep Friday the only woman he has ever loved - safe as well?

He is running from very dangerous men and there isn't a good ending in sight. The men who seek him are powerful, cunning and cruel.

David Black presents his story with a slightly different format for a slightly different novel. The first page of each chapter is encompassed by a printed block and has a replica of a gumshoe at the bottom of the page, wearing a fedora and with a gun evident in hand.

Make no mistake. Fast Shuffle is a hard-boiled mystery, reminiscent of Mickey Spillane, with characters who are always in hot water and have a gorgeous babe on their arms. This is delightful reading from an author who is an Emmy and Pulitzer-Prize-nominated writer.

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