by Bill Pronzini

2020, 176 pages, $24.99

ISBN 978-1-250-21650-2

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It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed a “weekend mystery” (I read this over a weekend), and I enjoy reading Pronzini, so I checked out this Carpenter and Quincannon mystery, with detective offices managed by John Frederick Quincannon and Sabina of Carpenter & Quincannon, Professional Detective Services, San Francisco.

John accepts an offer to track down two swindlers who stole away with the property and cash of a renowned investor, a Mr. R.W. Anderson, and chases the two to Hawaii (spending a little vacation time with his wife, Sabina):  James A. Varner (Jackson “Lonesome Jack” Vereen) and Simon Reno (E.B. Nagle, Nevada Ned).

What they find, or don’t, ties a lot of loose ends and at great danger to the detectives. It’s a fun whodunit.