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Parnell Hall. Onyx Books, $4.5 (272pp) ISBN 978-0-451-40249-3

This fifth adventure of New York private eye Stanley Hastings finds the would-be action-writer set up as prime suspect for the murder of a woman he was hired to trail. According to PW , ``The ending is a bit pallid and Stanley talks too much, but he's an appealing character nonetheless.'' (May)