The Man Who Wasn’t All There
by David Handler

The latest installment of David Handler’s Edgar Award-winning Stewart Hoag mystery series, set in 1990s’ New York, sees the ghostwriter-sleuth and his faithful basset hound Lulu inadvertently make a dangerous enemy.

After six glorious weeks of hard work on his long-overdue second novel, celebrity-ghostwriter Stewart “Hoagy” Hoag has hit a crossroads in his plot. He thinks a change of scenery will do him good – and he knows just the place. His ex-wife, the actress Merilee Nash, has offered him the use of her idyllic Connecticut farmhouse, while she’s away shooting a movie in Budapest.

Hoagy and his beloved basset hound Lulu settle in for a few days’ rest and relaxation. Hoagy expects fall splendor, long walks and crisp night air. He doesn’t expect Merilee’s eccentric, unwelcoming neighbor. Austin Talmadge warns Hoagy not to get on his bad side, but what harm can a country oddball like Austin do?

Quite a lot, it turns out. All Hoagy wants to do is relax and clear his head, but soon he’s caught up in a strange, complex mystery – and he’ll need all his wits about him, and Lulu’s unerring nose, if he’s to come out of this one alive . . .


A gift to fans, while at the same time being an excellent way for newcomers to get to know Hoagy


An easy-listening whodunit that brings its likable hero one step closer to the success he dreams of

Kirkus Reviews

Intricately plotted ... Hoagy’s fresh narrative voice is a pleasure to read

Publishers Weekly on The Man in the White Linen Suit

“Hoagy is a thoroughly engaging amateur sleuth ... This tenth installment in the series is pure pleasure”

Booklist Starred Review of The Man Who Couldn’t Miss

Delightful ... Fans of light period mysteries full of famous names will be enchanted

Publishers Weekly on The Man Who Couldn’t Miss

The humor, charming lead characters, and Hoagy's desperate attempts to regain Merilee's love will appeal to admirers of Spencer Quinn’s ‘Chet and Bernie’ series

Library Journal on The Man Who Couldn’t Miss

Fun, clever ... Handler brilliantly combines wry humor with solid detection

Publishers Weekly Starred Review of The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes

The characters and dialogue don’t disappoint, and the sorely missed hero’s mixture of cynicism and sweetness plays as well as ever

Kirkus Reviews on The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes

David Handler

David Handler was born and raised in Los Angeles and published two highly-acclaimed novels about growing up there, before resorting to a life of Edgar and American Mystery Award-winning crime fiction. David has written twelve novels about the witty and dapper celebrity ghostwriter Stewart Hoag and his faithful, neurotic basset hound Lulu, and is also the author of the Berger & Mitry and the Benji Golden mystery series.David was a member of the original writing staff that created the Emmy Award-winning sitcom Kate and Allie, and has continued to write extensively for television and films. He lives in a 200-year-old carriage house in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

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The Man Who Wasn’t All There by David Handler is available in the following formats

Paperback978178029769926th August 2021140 X 215mm208£13.99
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