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STEWART HOAG MYSTERIES

"One of my all-time favorite series!"
   —Harlan Coben

The original eight Hoagy & Lulu mysteries were published in the late 80s and 90s and were republished in ebook format in 2012. Stewart "Hoagy" Hoag, a celebrity ghost writer, and his faithful, neurotic basset hound Lulu dig out the celebrity secrets that people often want to stay safely buried. And now, they're back for their first appearance in twenty years...

The Man Who Died Laughing
1
The Man Who Lived by Night
2
The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald
3
The Woman Who Fell from Grace
4
The Boy Who Never Grew Up
5
The Man Who Cancelled Himself
6
The Girl Who Ran Off with Daddy
7
The Man Who Loved Women to Death
8
The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes
9

The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes

The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes

Volume 1 (aka #9)
Now Available!

"Hoagy and Lulu tickle your funny bone and touch your heart."
   —New York Times best-selling author Carolyn Hart

The year is 1992. Clinton is on the road to the white house, Kurt Cobain fever has taken over America's youth, and cell phones are the size of your head. Hoagy is pulled back into the orbit of the brilliant, erratic, maddening poet Reggie Aintree, whom he was deeply in love with before he met his ex, Merilee Nash. Reggie and her sister Monette believe they've been contacted by their long-lost father from whom they've been estranged for decades. Richard Aintree wrote one captivating novel that is read in every high school English class. But he fell off the face of the earth after his wife (the girls' mother), a distinguished American poet in her own right, committed suicide on a bad acid trip in the '70s.

To complicate matters further, Monette found her first taste of fame at twenty-years-old when she published Father Didn't Know Best, a memoir falsely accusing her father of sexual abuse. Though she tried to recant her accusations in subsequent books, the damage was done. She and her sister Reggie have not spoken since. Now, Monette is a media mogul whose empire is crumbling, and Reggie runs the Root-Chakra Institute in Upstate New York. Recently, both sisters have received mysterious typewritten letters from their father.

Into this crazy mix comes Hoagy, who is staying in the pool house at Monette's Brentwood mansion after he's been hired as a ghostwriter to document the tell-all book that could result from this mess. But when murder strikes, it's more important than ever for him to pull fact from fiction as he races to catch a clever, sinister killer.

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The Man Who Loved Women to Death

The Man Who Loved Woman to Death

Book 8

"Handler has written a sleek, sophisticated, over-the-top story that's filled with red herrings, laugh-aloud humor, and plenty of suspense."
   —Booklist

The author calls himself the Answer Man. He introduces himself to Stewart Hoag—onetime literary darling of the New York scene—with a letter begging for help with his first novel. Hoagy usually ignores such requests, but the Answer Man's sample chapter grabs his attention. It is a chilling, first-person story about a man who picks up a girl in a pet shop, takes her home, and savagely murders her. The imagery is clear, the prose strong, and the storytelling as truthful as though the author had actually lived it. When he opens the next morning's paper, Hoagy realizes he was reading nonfiction.

A young pet shop employee has been bludgeoned to death, and the crime's details match those in the manuscript. As the Answer Man keeps killing, he continues writing letters asking Hoagy to collaborate with him. If Hoagy can't stop him soon, he may find himself starring in the book's next chapter.

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The Girl Who Ran Off with Daddy

The Girl Who Ran Off With Daddy

Book 7

"Handler controls his material masterfully, delivering newsy verisimilitude and domestic repartee worthy of Nick and Nora Charles. Notable also is Lulu, Hoagy's possessive and intuitive basset hound, who almost steals the show from this thoroughly entertaining cast of characters."
   —Publishers Weekly

Stewart Hoag has quit ghostwriting. Living in Connecticut with his ex-wife, Hoagy works on a novel and tends to Tracy, his brand-new daughter, who's more beautiful than anything he's ever written and only took nine months to make. Life is peaceful, until Thor Gibbs arrives to tear it apart.

An unapologetically swaggering author, Thor is past seventy but still looks like the brash young man who befriended an aging Hemingway and inspired the first of the Beat poets. Once he was Hoagy's mentor, but now he needs his help. Thor is in the middle of a tryst with his eighteen-year-old stepdaughter, and every newspaper, lawyer, and cop in the country wants him strung up from the highest tree. He hires Hoagy to help the beautiful young woman tell their side of the story. But trouble is following the controversial couple, and death is about to visit the cottage.

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The Man Who Cancelled Himself

The Man Who Cancelled Himself

Book 6

"Great fun from Handler in his sixth Stewart Hoag adventure..."
   —Publishers Weekly

Stewart Hoag's first novel made him the toast of New York. Everyone in Manhattan wanted to be his friend, and he traveled the cocktail circuit supported by Merilee, his wife, and Lulu, his basset hound. But when writer's block sunk his second novel, his friends, money, and wife all disappeared. Only Lulu stuck by him.

The only opportunity left is ghostwriting—an undignified profession that still beats dental school. His first client is Sonny Day, an aging comic who was the king of slapstick three decades ago. Since he and his partner had a falling out in the late 1950s, Day has grown embittered and poor, until the only thing left for him to do is write a memoir. Hoagy and Lulu fly to Hollywood expecting a few months of sunshine and easy living. Instead they find Day's corpse, and a murder rap with Hoagy's name on it.

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The Boy Who Never Grew Up

The Boy Who Never Grew Up

Book 5

"Anyone caught up in occasional Hollywood hype should love this series addition...The debonair, clever, and arrogant Hoag (accompanied by basset hound Lulu) provides wit and sparkle in a succulent, intricate web of intrigue."
   —Library Journal

In Matthew Wax's films, politicians are honest, parents are respected, and nice guys finish first. Wax has been Hollywood's most beloved director for decades, and his personal life seemed as squeaky-clean as the world of his films. But when he and his wife, leading lady Pennyroyal Brim, file for divorce, the mud starts to fly. She accuses him of bedroom tyranny, sexual perversion, and every stripe of abuse. When she announces a tell-all memoir, Wax fires back the only way he can. He calls Stewart Hoag, ghostwriter to the stars.

To tell Wax's side of the story, Hoagy and his basset hound Lulu have to get closer to the boy wonder than anyone ever has. The true story of the man behind America's most family-friendly films is even darker than the press suspects, and people will die to keep it hidden from view.

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The Woman Who Fell from Grace

The Woman Who Fell From Grace

Book 4

"Handler's breezy, unpretentious and warm-hearted hero provides a breath of fresh air in a world of investigative angst."
   —Publishers Weekly

Few American novels are as beloved as Alma Glaze's Revolutionary War epic, Oh, Shenandoah. Although Glaze died before she could write a sequel, she left behind an outline for one, along with instructions that it not be written until fifty years after her death. The deadline has passed, and the American public clamors for the long-promised Sweet Land of Liberty. Only one thing stands in its way: Glaze's heirs.

Her daughter, socialite Mavis Glaze, is writing the novel under guidance from her mother, who she claims has been appearing in her dreams. As Mavis's writing spirals farther into madness, her brothers hire Stewart Hoag, a ghostwriter famous for dealing with troublesome celebrities. When he arrives at the family's Virginia manor, he finds that Alma's is not the only unsettled spirit. Blood was spilt for Oh, Shenandoah, and more will die before the sequel hits the bestseller list.

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The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald

Book 3

"In a wickedly amusing tale, Handler (The Man Who Died Laughing) pokes fun at wunderkind authors, unscrupulous agents, shady publishers and, of course, surly reviewers as he continues the adventures of his hero, ghostwriter Stewart 'Hoagy' Hoag."
   —Publishers Weekly

Stewart Hoag knows how quickly fame can fade. The same critics who adored his first novel used his second for target practice, ending his literary career once and for all. To keep his basset hound fed, Hoagy ghostwrites memoirs for the rich, famous, and self-destructive. His newest subject reminds him all too much of himself.

By the age of twenty, Cam Noyes is already being hailed as the next F. Scott Fitzgerald. Though he's only published one book, Cam runs with the big boys: dating artists, trashing restaurants, and ending every night in a haze of tequila and cocaine. So glamorous is his lifestyle that he's having trouble starting his second novel, forcing his agent to hire Hoagy to get the little genius working on a memoir instead. As Hoagy digs into the kid's life story, he learns that New York publishing is even more cutthroat than he thought.

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The Man Who Lived by Night

The Man Who Lived by Night

Book 2

"If I could get Stewart Hoag to ghostwrite my books they'd sell better, and I'd laugh myself silly. David Handler is a hoot, and his books are just the thing for what ails you. I find it hard to begrudge him his Edgar!"
   —Parnell Hall, author of You Have the Right to Remain Puzzled

From the first time they played on the Ed Sullivan Show, Us was the hottest band on earth. For more than a decade, the group tore through the charts and indulged in an endless cycle of drugs, women, and violence, until two musicians died—the drummer by drugs, the guitarist by a crazed gunman. Once the band was finished, lead singer Tristam Scarr retreated to the English countryside, hiding from the world until the day he hires an American to ghostwrite his memoirs.

Stewart Hoag arrives in London in the company of Lulu, his ever-hungry basset hound, to find the rock idol of his youth reduced to a wheezing, frail fortysomething. The first thing Starr tells him is that their drummer never overdosed—he was murdered. And as their interviews progress, Hoagy learns that working for a rock star is almost as dangerous as being one.

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The Man Who Died Laughing

The Man Who Died Laughing

Book 1

"Stewart Hoag, amateur private eye, has smarts and intelligence. Handler brings his characters to life instantly the voices are original and real. Best of all, though, Handler treats his audience with respect. He doesn t write down. And Lulu will steal your heart."
   —Carolyn Haines, author of Bones to Pick and Penumbra

Stewart Hoag's first novel made him the toast of New York. Everyone in Manhattan wanted to be his friend, and he traveled the cocktail circuit supported by Merilee, his wife, and Lulu, his basset hound. But when writer's block sunk his second novel, his friends, money, and wife all disappeared. Only Lulu stuck by him.

The only opportunity left is ghostwriting—an undignified profession that still beats dental school. His first client is Sonny Day, an aging comic who was the king of slapstick three decades ago. Since he and his partner had a falling out in the late 1950s, Day has grown embittered and poor, until the only thing left for him to do is write a memoir. Hoagy and Lulu fly to Hollywood expecting a few months of sunshine and easy living. Instead they find Day's corpse, and a murder rap with Hoagy's name on it.

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