Harvey Mapes could be me. He’s a guy who reads a
lot of PI novels, loves the old PI television shows and he thinks he can
solve mysteries. The similarities are almost disturbing. However Harvey is
fictional, and a bit more willing to take chances.
The book sets up nicely
with Harvey working in his guard shack for a gated community in California.
One of the residents makes a nice monetary offer to him in exchange for
services, in short the old rich guy wants his wife followed. Harvey having
read many books and seen many TV shows feels he’s up to the job. What ensues
is a wonderful story of the pitfalls of overestimating yourself, and what
happens when you surpass your own expectations.
Goldberg has a knack
for combining just the right amount of humor and realism with his obvious
love for the PI genre and his own smart ass sensibilities. THE MAN WITH THE
IRON ON BADGE is a terrific read and I for one would love to see this become
a series. Goldberg is the real deal and should be on everyone’s must read
Thanks so much, Jon. I’d like to write more about Harvey, too.