Stanley has failed as an actor, a screenwriter and a stand up comedian. Next job attempt, a P.I. in New York. His first client in this opener gives him a real case. Stanley turns him down. Not long afterwards, the man turns up dead. Stanley is driven to find out why. He has to go up against the mob in New York and Miami, just like a real detective.
To supplement his income, Stanley works for trip and fall lawyer Richard Rosenberg. When someone says they tripped over a crack in the sidewalk, Stanley is sent out to take a picture of the crack and interview the client. Rosenberg acts as Stanley’s attorney whenever he gets arrested. Stanley’s wife Alice takes an ironic look at her husband’s activities and even tries to help out. His adversary at the police department is homicide Sergeant MacAullif. As the series progresses , Stanley helps him out big time and they become friendly. The Sarge does him some small favors but still thinks he’s a moron.
This is a light hearted, entertaining series that never gets slapstick or silly. Very enjoyable. So far, there are seventeen books in the series, the latest being “Safari” (2014).