Stewart Hoag

9 books in series
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The Man Who Died Laughing Summary

Down on his luck, a writer takes a ghostwriting job for a troubled comedian.

Stewart Hoag’s first novel made him the toast of New York. Everyone in Manhattan wanted to be his friend, and he traveled the cocktail circuit supported by Merilee, his wife, and Lulu, his basset hound. But when writer’s block sunk his second novel, his friends, money, and wife all disappeared. Only Lulu stuck by him.

The only opportunity left is ghostwriting—an undignified profession that still beats dental school. His first client is Sonny Day, an aging comic who was the king of slapstick three decades ago. Since he and his partner had a falling out in the late 1950s, Day has grown embittered and poor, until the only thing left for him to do is write a memoir. Hoagy and Lulu fly to Hollywood expecting a few months of sunshine and easy living. Instead they find Day’s corpse, and a murder rap with Hoagy’s name on it.

©2006 David Handler (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Man Who Died Laughing

    • By: David Handler
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Stewart Hoag’s first novel made him the toast of New York. Everyone in Manhattan wanted to be his friend, and he traveled the cocktail circuit supported by Merilee, his wife, and Lulu, his basset hound. But when writer’s block sunk his second novel, his friends, money, and wife all disappeared. Only Lulu stuck by him.

    Regular price: £17.39

  • Book 2

    • The Man Who Lived by Night

    • Stewart Hoag Mystery
    • By: David Handler
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
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    Celebrity ghostwriter Stewart "Hoagy" Hoag is off to London to dig up the secrets of reclusive bad-boy superstar Tristam 'T. S.' Scarr, formerly of the legendary British rock group Us. T.S. is ready to reveal all, in a book destined to become a controversial best-seller. But then someone intends to send Hoagy to the top of the charts with a bullet.

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  • Book 3

    • The Man Who Would Be F. Scott Fitzgerald

    • Stewart Hoag Mystery
    • By: David Handler
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
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    An ax-wielding monk hacks at the door. Toby Peters is on the other side, running as fast as his recently broken leg will allow. Alongside him is Salvador Dalí, dressed in a rabbit suit, insistently muttering “grasshoppers” as they try to make their escape. Dalí insists on being carried across the lawn, so Peters hobbles along with the surrealist in his arms. They get in the car just as the monk chops down the front door. The car doesn’t start, and the monk charges silently, the ax in the air.

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  • Book 4

    • The Woman Who Fell from Grace

    • By: David Handler
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
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    Few American novels are as beloved as Alma Glaze’s Revolutionary War epic, Oh, Shenandoah. Although Glaze died before she could write a sequel, she left behind an outline for one, along with instructions that it not be written until 50 years after her death. The deadline has passed, and the American public clamors for the long-promised Sweet Land of Liberty. Only one thing stands in its way: Glaze’s heirs.

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  • Book 5

    • The Boy Who Never Grew Up

    • Stewart Hoag Mystery
    • By: David Handler
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
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    In Matthew Wax’s films, politicians are honest, parents are respected, and nice guys finish first. Wax has been Hollywood’s most beloved director for decades, and his personal life seemed as squeaky-clean as the world of his films. But when he and his wife, leading lady Pennyroyal Brim, file for divorce, the mud starts to fly. She accuses him of bedroom tyranny, sexual perversion, and every stripe of abuse. When she announces a tell-all memoir, Wax fires back the only way he can. He calls Stewart Hoag, ghostwriter to the stars.

    Regular price: £24.19

  • Book 6

    • The Man Who Cancelled Himself

    • By: David Handler
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
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    Hired by fallen television star Lyle Hudnut, whose career was shattered by scandal, writer Stewart Hoag reluctantly begins penning the actor's memoirs and learns a deadly truth about a network's secret practices.

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  • Book 7

    • The Girl Who Ran Off with Daddy

    • The Stewart Hoag Mysteries, Book 7
    • By: David Handler
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
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    Stewart Hoag has quit ghostwriting. Living in Connecticut with his ex-wife, Hoagy works on a novel and tends to Tracy, his brand-new daughter, who’s more beautiful than anything he’s ever written and only took nine months to make. Life is peaceful, until Thor Gibbs arrives to tear it apart. An unapologetically swaggering author, Thor, is past 70 but still looks like the brash young man who befriended an aging Hemingway and inspired the first of the Beat poets. Once he was Hoagy’s mentor, but now he needs his help.

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  • Book 8

    • The Man Who Loved Women to Death

    • By: David Handler
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 11 hrs
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    Stewart "Hoagie" Hoag's been in tight spots before, but never anything like this. The police and the press are all over him, and a multiple murderer is using him as a go-between. Then, as if things weren't bad enough, it begins to dawn on Hoagie that the Answer Man may in fact be someone he knows - his oldest friend in the world. What he doesn't know is what he's going to do about it - except try to stay alive!

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  • Book 9

    • The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes

    • A Stewart Hoag Mystery
    • By: David Handler
    • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
    • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
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    Once upon a time, Hoagy had it all: a hugely successful debut novel, a gorgeous celebrity wife, the glamorous world of New York City at his feet. These days, he scrapes by as a celebrity ghostwriter. A celebrity ghostwriter who finds himself investigating murders more often than he'd like. And once upon a time, Richard Aintree was the most famous writer in America. But after his wife's death, Richard went into mourning...and then into hiding. No one has heard from him in 20 years.

    Regular price: £23.59