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ISBN:1935702017
Author: Joe Humphrey
ISBN13: 978-1935702016
Title: A Dirty Business
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Language: English
Category: United States
Publisher: Cliffhanger Press (September 27, 2010)
Pages: 168

A Dirty Business by Joe Humphrey



When an unemployed New Yorker returns to the city from a trip to North Carolina, he soon lands a job as a private investigator and is assigned an ordinary, if slightly peculiar, case. I like how the style of the character in the book is portrayed. Author Joe Humphrey introuduces us(the reader) to Kevin Bailey a typical guy who seeking a job,and a place to stay,the job he ends up getting is of PI(private investigator) work. Kevin very first case takes him all over the city of New York as well as. the suburbs,and into Pennsylvania. He finds out there's more to being a PI than he thought. He gets hired for one case,and ends up solving a missing person,and seeking some info on a murde I like how the style of the character in the book is portrayed.

When Kevin Bailey, a black, jobless twenty-something returns to New York City from a recent hermitage in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, he finds himself both broke and homeless. Armed with a degree in criminal justice, he immediately leans on an associate and former employer for a needed job referral. This leads to a position with the Frank Givens detective agency in Midtown

When Kevin Bailey, a black, jobless twenty-something returns to New York City from a recent hermitage in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, he finds himself both broke and homeless. This leads to a position with the Frank Givens detective agency in Midtown.

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Viewers have been quick to note the similarities between Joe and the character that catapulted Badgley into fame: Gossip Girl's brooding lonely boy, Dan Humphrey. They are both bibliophiles, with Dan being an author (and blogger), and Joe being a manager at a bookstore. Oh yeah, and they're both creeps.

Joe Humphrey grew up on an air force base in Southern California (George AFB, just outside of Victorville. It’s mostly abandoned now and super creepy if you’re up for some urban exploring) and now lives in Victoria, BC, Canada with his wife, Sandra. Bloodletting is a story he’s been developing for well over fifteen years, originally as a screenplay that eventually became too big to contain in one movie, so he restructured it and rewrote it from the ground up as a book. The idea to serialize the sections came when he realized that the book was naturally falling into self contained stories that.

When Kevin Bailey, a black, jobless twenty-something returns to New York City from a recent hermitage in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, he finds himself both broke and homeless. Armed with a degree in criminal justice, he immediately leans on an associate and former employer for a needed job referral. This leads to a position with the Frank Givens detective agency in Midtown. Bailey is hired for various reasons, three of which are the fact that he comes cheap, he's green enough to be taught, and his boss is swamped with cases. Frank Givens tosses Bailey a case that should have been fairly routine: a New York City socialite requires dirt on her son's fiancée based on her suspicions of gold digging. After the client, Selena Eldritch, supplies Bailey with a photo of her son Edward Eldritch and his blonde fiancée, Donna Greenwood, the investigation is underway, and Bailey eventually tails Edward Eldritch to a quaint historical village hours outside of Manhattan. There, Edward meets with a brunette, and Bailey soon follows the pair into a local tavern where he then discovers that the brunette's name is in fact Donna Greenwood. Who, then, is the blonde in the photo? And why does Selena Eldritch believe her to be Donna Greenwood? Bailey sets out to uncover the truth behind this mystery, but as he begins to dig deeper, he soon learns a few intriguing facts. The blonde in the photo, Norma Vidon, has actually been missing for quite some time, and the police have even given up their investigation into her disappearance. Baily continues to dig even further, uncovering weird obsessions, betrayals, and not a little deceit and, of course, dead bodies begin turning up. What started out as an average, relatively simple assignment soon develops into a complex case full of pretzel twists; one difficult enough for Kevin Baily to truly prove himself. But he is up to the task?
Reviews: 7
Bluecliff
This is a great detective story. Kevin Bailey, the main character moves back to Ney York after spending a year in North Carolina. He is on a mission to get started in a career of investigating and detective work. His former employer,Lamont has a brother, Frank who is in this field of work and Kevin asks him to put in a good word for him. Frank wants to set up an interview and see Kevin immediately. Even more so because he is new to the business and won't be as much of a know-it-all. Kevin finds himself hired in a matter of only a few hours after arriving in New York.
Frank and Kevin meet with a client the next day which turns into being Kevin's first assignment seeing that it's really not that big of a case and will be a great start as he learns the business. After day or two Kevin realizes this is a much larger case than expected. But unwillling to take any help from Frank, Kevin keeps on as the questions and mysteries he finds become even more difficult than expected....
This book will really keep you wanting more and you'll be trying to figure out the mysteries yourself. Check it out :)
Delirium
I like how the style of the character in the book is portrayed.Author Joe Humphrey introuduces us(the reader) to Kevin Bailey a typical guy who seeking a job,and a place to stay,the job he ends up getting is of PI(private investigator) work.Kevin very first case takes him all over the city of New York as well as the suburbs,and into Pennsylvania.He finds out there's more to being a PI than he thought.He gets hired for one case,and ends up solving a missing person,and seeking some info on a murder in which are tied into the original case he was hired to do.The Author is very descriptive in his writing style of the places Kevin Bailey has to go to to get info.Also I like how the author writes in detail of what the character(s) are doing as though your watching,I mean reading the character(s) play by play moves in the story.That just intensified the plot of the story even more,but be forewarned you have to read the book in its entirety to keep up with each characters that ties into the case Kevin is trying to solve.Oh! and please don't jump to any conclusion in thinking you are solving the case as you read along as Kevin is set out to do,because the author put a twist in there that you didn't see coming.A DIRTY BUSINESS it's just what it meant, because reading it you might think you KNOW how it turns out,but Kevin Bailey is the PI who ends up solving the case.A MUST READ!!!!
Ce
A Dirty Business kept me turning the pages on my Kindle. It started out a little slowly at the outset but picked up speed quickly as the dead bodies start piling up and the new detective, a clever and hardworking guy with a quick skill for tailing people, puts the clues together for the reader. Engaging characters, danger, romance, and a whodunit solution that I suspected, but wasn't sure until the big reveal in the exciting climax. The author wrapped up the loose ends of the mystery nicely, but left the reader wanting more from this new P.I. Good storytelling and well-paced mystery kept my eyes glued to the pages until the very end. I'll look for more good detective mysteries from this author.
Mozel
I was comparing this to Sam Spade and happened to read that the author was influenced by Hammett. So picture a young black Sam Spade with access to cell phones and internet. The young detective, just starting his first job is Kevin Bailey. He is dry, sensible mostly, and likable. He does seem a little obsessed with people clothes (in a way that doesn't tie into the story for some reason).
He has a gal Friday, a grumpyish boss and acquires a love interest.
The clues did fall into place a little too easily, it was too easy to guess who did it and most of why. But it did wrap up nicely like a Dashiell Hammett novel.
I think if there are sequels the mystery aspect will improve and the regular characters are likeable if superficial.
Xtani
Some reviewers complained about editing and grammar construction but I didn't find anything horrendous. A few dangling participles show up here and there and a few not correct sentence structures appeared but over all, nice writing style.

The plot line was good and the Baily, the detective was an appealing protagonist. The author must have taken courses in architecture and interior decorating since he is very descriptive of the buildings and venues he sees and enters. This is a welcome addition since you can visualize the scenery throughout the book.

The mystery is solid, the secondary characters are well conceived and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
Recommended for all.
Thundershaper
Settings of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Moved along at a good pace. I read the entire book in a day, skipping over blocks of geographical, historical, and other details.

Bailey is on his first week as a Private Investigator, his first assignment being to discover everything he can about the client's son Edward's fiancee since she stands to marry into wealth. He discovers that the woman in the photo he is given is not the same woman the son is engaged to. The woman in the photo, he discovers has left town with no forwarding information, seemingly disappearing without a trace.

Apparently Edward is quite the player as Bailey soon learns. He also learns that some of these woman have something in common.
Hǻrley Quinn
Well, see what happens when a simple assignment isn't so simple! That's what the boss gets when he sends the new man out on what you think is a simple assignment. There are lots of twists, turns, dead bodies, uncovering history to keep you guessing. A bit slow sometimes but I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense and crime solving. The character was truly multi-dimensional. You could feel his frustration and intensity throughout the entirety of the book. If you enjoy a strong imaginative plot, filled with a touch of romance, mystery and suspense, intertwined with crime you'll sure 'nuff love this suspenseful page turner.