Hammer Spade and the Case of the Missing Husband
Hammer must find the husband of a
famous international model.
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"I want to let you know how much I enjoyed
Hammer Spade and the Case of the Missing husband. From the moment I
picked it up I was totally immersed and couldn't put it down. Spade is a
memorable character and I look forward to reading more of his adventures."
Rebecca Murray, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Hammer Spade and the Case of the
Hard luck was private investigator
Hammer Spade’s constant companion until the day a gorgeous model named
Alonia Lockheart retained him for a mission. The case sounded straight
forward enough: locate a husband who is a known recluse and return him to
What Hammer did not bargain for was the
vast difference in the sophistication between husband and wife. Alonia
and her family are extremely well to do and enjoy the life style that
accompanies the wealthy. Bernard Hatcher, the missing husband, feels more
at home with people who think that anyone who drives a 1993 Chrysler Town
and Country Mini Van is as wealthy as you can become. As Hammer solves
the mystery, he is bounced back and forth between these two worlds. He
adapts quite well to the cultural extremes and the reader gets some very
good laughs while the plot twists and turns.
E.B. Alston’s descriptive powers come
into full force as he subtlety plays off “red-necked” vs. “ultra suave”
in personal appearance, places of residence, choice of vehicles, and
financial attitudes. Alston does not neglect the geographical setting. He
paints an excellent picture of the back roads of Georgia and their
attributes, both good and bad. A just for fun activity is to keep in mind
the name of all the eating establishments mentioned.
This is a captivating story with an up
beat plot that does not include malice, jealously, or bloodshed. The
characters are all somewhat eccentric, but they harmonize well together.
Hammer Spade enjoys who he is, adapts to the current situation as needed
and pulls off his manipulations with a touch of finesse. The groundwork
is nicely laid for his next adventure, and one can eagerly anticipate the
future activities of Hammer Spade.
Judy Jacobs, Literary Critic
June 10, 2006, St. Joseph, MO