James Reasoner’s “Death and the Dancing Shadows” features his Markham PI who is called to the home of retired movie star Eliot “Lucky” Tremaine. Turns out Tremaine is being blackmailed by video of his missing granddaughter, Stacy, in a porn film. The girl’s trail leads to murder and thugs who rough up the P.I. I spotted the twist at the end but was rewarded with Mr. Reasoner’s very sobering last paragraph where Markham does the right thing.
“Dancing Shadows” is a 9,000 word novella originally
published in the March 1980 issue of MIKE SHAYNE MYSTERY MAGAZINE. I hope Mr.
Reasoner releases more of these old gems.
Grab a copy of this book at $0.99 and
schedule yourself a half hour. You’ll be thoroughly entertained.