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On Borrowed Time: The Detective Anderson Mysteries
by John Darling   

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Category: 

Mystery/Suspense

Publisher:  Create Space ISBN-10:  1482583186
Pages: 

348

Copyright:  August 11, 2011 ISBN-13:  9781482583182

10 gripping tales of
murder, mayhem, and mystery!

Follow the exploits of
Detective Anderson and his
friends as they tackle some of the
toughest cases in Miami!

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The Detective Anderson Mysteries

Who killed Mad Man Margolis and why would the sexy owner of the Miami Dolphins pay Detective Anderson a premium rate to find out the answer to that question? 

Who is the Prime Cut Killer and why is he shooting people at random then hacking off parts of their bodies?

Even more puzzling, who would ever want to kidnap a Notary Public?

The answers to these mysteries, plus seven more, await you in “On Borrowed Time: The Detective Anderson Mysteries”.

Be sure to read them with the lights on and the doors locked…


Excerpt

A beautiful woman just walked into the Anderson Detective Agency looking for help. She just handed him a slip of paper:

Anderson took the paper and unfolded it. It was a copy of a news article whose headline read, “Professor Albert Margolis Killed in Single Car Accident”. The story explained how Margolis, apparently on his way to his laboratory after a late night party, had spun out his Porsche on a rain swept road and managed to wrap it, and him, around a tree. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. The Coroner stated that no alcohol was present in Margolis’ blood so that was not a factor. It was a simple accident. Anderson handed the paper to Coombs who read it over carefully and then handed it back.

“I take it you have reason to believe that this was something more than just an accident?”

“I do.”

“And what reason might that be?”

She hesitated at answering, looking at Anderson as if she were trying to decide if he was trustworthy.

“You have to give me more than this if you want me and Detective Coombs to sniff around for you.”

“All I can say, at this time, is that he was involved in some unusual research and that I suspect there were people who would rather he not succeed.”



Professional Reviews

Book Shelf
This book is a must for crime fans, having 10 different tales it is like reading 10 different books, each as fascinating and gripping as the last. And although the reader will pick a favourite character, you will love them all.

Rosser's Relaxed Reading Reviews
Does it make me some kind of a crazy guy that I love detective fiction more than any other kind, despite the fact that I write almost exclusively about academic subjects and (when I can) literary fiction? Let me tell you something. I love them all, the big-brained Sherlock Holmes and Nero Wolfe types out there; the hard hitting Sam Spades, the sweet and innocent Miss Marples--I could go on and on. There's nothing quite as good as a story with a broken or semi-broken detective peering into the darkest reaches of humanity to get to the truth. I just read a great Ed Mcbain pulp novel and tore through a John MacDonald the other day. I love them. Have I mentioned that?

I love detective Anderson, too. John Darling has created a great character with plenty of flaws and plenty of smarts. I love the detective cliche's that make the stories brilliant when they're used right or stupid when they're used poorly. In Darling's case, it's all done right. Of course Anderson hates partners. Of course Anderson is more interested in justice dispensed by gun barrels than by judges. God! The pulp in these stories is so thick it makes the thickest, richest orange juice seem thin as hell.

I loved this book. Maybe I'm an easy target. Who knows? Still, the stories are great and the characters, if standard and typical for the genre, are wonderful. I love the resolutions to the mysteries involved. Even if they're straight out of the genre handbook, they're great. Look at this exchange from the story "Sucker Punch."


“You killed her for candy?” replied a shocked Owens.
“Oh, candy, cakes, cookies, fudge, and all. All the good stuff in life,” she said, her voice starting to take on a sing-song crazy edge again, “I don‟t know what that silly woman had against it, I just love it all to pieces myself.”

Who comes up with that kind of cool stuff? John Darling does. Pick up the book. It's ten great stories and three hundred and fifty pages of pure detective fun.


Paper Mustang
Darling’s portrayal of Detective Anderson is a total classic. The man is hard, street mean and an overall push over. He’s out to save the world and you better just get out of the way. Reminds me of a Spade character from long ago. This is a collection of short stories which as you all know I try not to read. But they all center on the main character and read more like a novel with specific themes.

The stories are great mysteries all with surprises and very fast paced but none of them are alike. Anderson grows on the reader and the author’s attempts at humor come off perfectly. For short stories the scenes are set well and there are no details left out that make you wonder what happened. No stone unturned, as it were.

I really enjoyed reading this book and will keep it on my shelf to read again. I just loved this guy and his unique way of solving murders and just looking at murders will keep me coming back. These are fast reads but very enjoyable. I can’t wait to get into the next set of Detective Anderson novels.


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