The Highly Effective Detective Goes to the Dogs

A Mystery

Highly Effective Detective (Volume 2)

Richard Yancey

Minotaur Books

From the critically acclaimed author of The Highly Effective Detective comes this deliciously funny follow-up featuring the lovable but bumbling P.I. Teddy Ruzak.

After the state shuts him down for practicing detection without a license, Teddy thinks his investigating days are over. Then he discovers the body of a man outside his office, a homeless man whom he had befriended just the day before.

Teddy suspects foul play, but the police think he's barking up the wrong tree. Then his normal befuddlement is exponentially enhanced by two very unexpected--and potentially very dangerous--visitors from the pound.

With his signature wit and gripping suspense, Richard Yancey has written yet another irresistible page-turner. It is sure to win him and Teddy Ruzak a whole new series of fans.


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Chapter One  ONE

I was sitting at my desk, staring out the window into the drizzly gray light falling behind the Ely Building, when Felicia’s voice came over the intercom.

"Ruzak, what are you doing?"

I jerked in my chair. I startle easily, which might explain why I haven’t seen a scary movie since Aliens, and I only saw that because of Sigourney Weaver.

"I hate November," I said, raising my voice a little, like a lot of people who use intercoms or talk to foreigners. "I’ve lived in Knoxville for over half my life and I can’t remember one


Praise for The Highly Effective Detective Goes to the Dogs

"Delightful...even funnier than the first. Readers of the first book who noted a similarity to Donald E. Westlake or Carol Hiaasen will see here that their instincts were on the money: Yancey deserves mention with the wackiest of today's comic crime novelists."
- Booklist

"It is difficult to top an outstanding series debut, but Yancey does so here with great aplomb. For readers who enjoy humorous mysteries with quirky detectives in the tradition of Janet Evanovich."
- Library Journal

"Yancey has given Teddy a distinctive voice--wry, rambling and self-reflective--that will endear this surprisingly effective bumbler to all kinds of mystery readers."
- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Offbeat and charming...mixes whimsy with cosmic angst in an existential shaggy-dog story that is both hard-boiled and cozy."
- Wall Street Journal

"A delightful and easygoing whodunit [with] a kooky cast of characters."
- The New York Post

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  • Richard Yancey

  • Richard Yancey is the author of the novels The Highly Effective Detective and A Burning in Homeland. His young adult fiction debut, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, was named one of the best books of 2005 by Publishers Weekly. Yancey's memoir, Confessions of a Tax Collector, was published to wide critical acclaim in 2004 and was chosen as one of the ten best books of the year by The Christian Science Monitor. This is his second novel in the Teddy Ruzak mystery series. He lives in Florida with his wife and three sons.

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    Richard Yancey


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The Highly Effective Detective Goes to the Dogs

A Mystery

Highly Effective Detective

Richard Yancey

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Minotaur Books