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Hammer Spade and the Case of the Missing Husband



Hammer must find the husband of a famous international model.


ISBN  978-0-9778948-0-2

Paperback - 166 pages - $14.00


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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 Missing Husband


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 his wife. 

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