The next clever, witty, and touching installment in the Edgar award-winning Stewart Hoag mystery series finds the beloved ghostwriter-sleuth and his faithful neurotic basset hound, Lulu, back in 1990A??s New York City, investigating a bestselling authorA??s stolen manuscript and three murders linked to the crime.
Washed-up celebrity ghostwriter Stewart A??HoagyA? Hoag has finally rediscovered his voice and is making progress on what he hopes will be his long-awaited second novel. Burrowed up in his less-than-luxurious, sweltering fifth floor walk-up, he tries not to think of the disparities between himself and his ex-wife, celebrity actress Merilee Nash, who is sifting through film offersA??and also her fickle feelings for HoagyA??from her elegant eight-room apartment looking over Central Park. When Merilee offers her home for HoagyA??s use while sheA??s shooting on location, hope blossoms that he might finally get some real work doneA?¦ and solidify their rekindling romance.
Then Hoagy receives a call from his literary agent asking if he can meet with publishingA??s most ruthless and reviled editor, Sylvia James, for a drink at the Algonquin Hotel. After disclosing that aging literary genius Addison JamesA??also SylviaA??s father and main clientA??has not in fact written his last two bestselling historical sagas, Sylvia reveals her suspicions that AddisonA??s assistant Tommy OA??BrienA??the true authorA??has run away with their most recent manuscript and is holding it for ransom. Tempted by SylviaA??s offer to bid a hefty advance for his novel-in-progress, Hoagy agrees to help unearth TommyA??s sudden disappearance. If only heA??d known exactly what he was getting himself into, he mightA??ve saved himself from the ensuing grief that follows in his hot pursuit of Tommy. But then, that wouldnA??t be a normal day in the life of Hoagy.
With clattering claims of a mugging, a stolen manuscript, and three murders, now itA??s up to Hoagy and his short-legged sidekick Lulu to unravel this baffling, bizarre case.