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Summary

Artemus Black doesn't believe in fate...but even a hardened Hollywood PI can question destiny when cases turn ugly. 

With an assistant who mocks him relentlessly, an obese cat that loathes him, a romantic life that's deader than Elvis, money problems, booze, nicotine, and anger management issues, how much worse can it get? 

The answer is plenty, and Black finds himself in a web of deceit, betrayal, and murder - and bad hair days. 

If you love Chandler and Hammett, Black's irreverent nod to the noir classics is sure to draw smiles and keep you listening late into the night. 

Get it now! 

A four-novel bundle of the critically acclaimed Black series from a New York Times best-selling author.

©2018 Russell Blake (P)2018 Russell Blake

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Entertaining Light-hearted Detective Thriller

Really entertaining and good value at 4 books in one. The dialog is funny and helps the story along. Bosch but more affable with humour and less complicated plots.

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Simply a Hidden Gem

A great compilation and super value. A laugh a minute which will reward multiple repeat listening. RC Bray simply nails it. Wish I had found the series earlier 🔥🔥

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Dialog and banter on point.

Can't help loving Russell Blake's style of writing. Great writing & humor. The main characters stay with you. The plot, always interesting 🙂

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great read

the story is brilliant. well performed and the character dynamic is funny. well worth a read/listen

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Best value-for-money bundle out there

This is a four novel bundle which can be listened to as separate stories as, although all the characters continue through each book, they are stand alone mysteries.
They are an excellent listen, brilliantly narrated as always by R C Bray. Highly recommended.

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  • John Delaney
  • 08-07-18

Great series. Adventure, mystery, comical, noir.

I'm really impressed. it was hard to stop listening. This was an excellent read. Glad I downloaded it

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  • Kevin D Mayes
  • 25-08-18

It made me laugh!

You will enjoy this book! Love the lead character. And Roxy is secretary made this book funny and enjoyable. Take a chance I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Enjoy

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  • W. Brooks
  • 13-09-18

Boy, What a Bargain

I came across this 4-Book bundle entirely because R.C . Bray is my favorite narrator. But this series is unlike anything else of his that I’ve downloaded. Bray is first and foremost a Avi-for guy. Hell, I rarely even read Bray books before buying The Martian (a Bray masterpiece). I’ve since listened to dozens of Bray-read books. My library now boasts more Bray books than any other author or reader. Yeah, I like his work.

There is nothing sci-if about the Black books. Black is a fascinating LA private detective who teeters on the edge of financial ruin. These are set in current time, but author Russell Black gives the books noir quality that sets them apart from most other private eye books.

And parts of the stories are an out and out hoot! I never tire of his sole employee/office assistant Roxy. She’s a very funny smart-ass!

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  • Maximus
  • 14-10-18

friggin awesome, lots of fun

loved the series, and laughed out loud many times throughout. without being burdened with the seriousness typical of the genre, situations and conversations are fresh and intriguing. strong characters that I'll miss, for sure. of course, RC Bray is the king. so good!

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  • Karen Ross
  • 16-09-18

Cliched to the limit! Deliciously hilarious.

This uproarious detective four-book detective series is a hoot! Between Detective Black's secretary, the screamingly funny Roxie with her office 🐱 Mugsie, a stray overweight feline, and Black's own lively sarcastic barbs, I laughed out loud throughout. "Our bank account is about as empty as a Kardashian's head." We follow Black as he conducts his investigations and meet some interesting and very quirky characters, making this a must-listen. Narration is by one of my favorites, R.C. Bray. Russell Blake, you've given us hours of delightful entertainment and I 👀 forward to many more in this series. Well worth the credit. So highly recommended, I can't see the top! NOTE: There was a minor Audible problem on my Amazon devices. When I would took a break, it lost the correct bookmark. I've had a similar problem in Audible box sets. Still, this four-book bundle was worth searching for where I left off.

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  • Terri
  • 13-08-18

Highly Recommend This Series

The books were good, narrator was great, as usual his range of voices is amazing, you never have to struggle with trying to figure out who is supposed to be talking. RC Bray, in my opinion, is the best in the business.
The humor in the books is literally laugh out loud funny. The author does a terrific job balancing serious and humor. Real life is neither all funny or all serious, many authors do one or the other, I always admire authors who do both.
There were a few errors in book four I feel the editor should have caught. It didn't make any difference to the storyline, it just surprised me that it wasn't noticed. I'm curious to know if it was in the written version and if any others noticed it.
I have to warn people that once you start listening you will not want to stop.

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  • Raymond W. Hill, Jr.
  • 05-08-18

Detective Film Noir actually works in Modern LA

This is a real page turner with unexpected plot turns and twists. Who would think that "vintage detective film noir" would work in modern day L.A. complete with sassy repertoire and all.

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  • Cisco Helper
  • 02-08-18

Excellent story , narrator on par

This is the best book of all 4 and RC Bray is his usual best.

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  • William O'
  • 16-01-19

Great series

If you are a fan of gumshoe noire, then this series will not disappoint. stories are well written, main characters are a blast. I laughed out loud at the interactions with Stan and Black as well as Roxy,.and the Mugster. R.C. Bray did a phenomenal performance and made you want to keep listening. Get this series well worth a credit.

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  • shannon
  • 12-01-19

Best listen I’ve had in months..

I’m sure I’m not the only one that has noticed a comparison of Stone and Black.. that said, it was highly enjoyable. Those who are addicted to audiobooks will understand when I say it wasn’t just worth the credits.