Item description for The Lime Pit (Harry Stoner Mysteries) by Jonathan Valin...
The first Harry Stoner mystery Harry Stoner is a private eye in the classic tradition. A loner with a history of failed relationships with women and all-too-successful relationships with bottles of scotch, he's unable to look away from the world's corruption and unable to avoid trying--futiley--to do something about it. His latest hopeless cause is Cindy Ann, a teenage hooker. Neither pretty nor engaging, she doesn't have much to offer at all, and somehow that makes her disappearance all the more disturbing for Stoner, who knows what can happen to girls nobody wants. And he's got a sick hunch that it happened to Cindy Ann, right across the Cincinnati border. As tough as Spenser in his heyday, Stoner is as hard-boiled as they come, but he's a lot more than a standard-issue pulp P.I. The story may be ugly, but in Valin's hands it has the brutal grace of a world-class boxing match.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Dec 15, 2005
Publisher Felony & Mayhem
ISBN 1933397241 ISBN13 9781933397245
Reviews - What do customers think about The Lime Pit (Harry Stoner Mysteries)?
Harry Stoner - Jonathan Valin - A great combination Jul 18, 2004
Here is is, July of 2004 and I am reading this, the first of quite a few Harry Stoner books that take place in and around Cincinnati. I was first exposed to JV/HS through a friend who read through the series about 15 years ago. Recently while on a trip to Hilton Head, I wanted some beach reading and I thought of this author, looked him up on this site and was disappointed to find that they were OOP. A quick search at a used book store and I picked up all but 2 on the series and am working my way through them. The writing is a modernized "hard-boiled" style and takes place in a Noir Cincinnati which hides itself under an otherwise stolid, Conservative, Republican city. For those who know the city and those that do not, this is a great book. Some of the landmarks are gone, and the references dated, but the story still holds up. A great modern hard boiled detective mystery read...especially good for the beach. I;m sad I didn't read these sooner. These are a must read for those that are from Cincinnati, went to Cincinnati for school, especially those who are familar with Clifton Gaslight.
A nothing-special story told in flat prose Apr 6, 2002
I read a Stephen King intro to a Matthew Scudder novel in which King said that Scudder and Stoner were his two favorite PI's. King should be ashamed of himself.
The Lime Pit is a not particularly well told hard-boiled detective story. There are no surprises. There are no likable characters. The telling is very formulaic. The writing is at best mediocre. Robert Parker, Loren Estleman, Lawrence Block, Donald Westlake write interesting, lively, original characters. Jonathan Valin's Harry Stoner is dull, plodding and predictable.
I may try another Harry Stoner novel some day, but only when I have run out of other things to read.
Stark and brutal and excellent. Mar 25, 2002
I love the way this site.com creates lists of titles that you might enjoy based on how you rate other books. It's like finding someone who loves all the same books as you and keeps finding new ones for you to dig into. I found this book amidst the recommendations this site provided and snatched it up from a used book dealer. It was an excellent, hard-boiled detective story in the Robert B. Parker tradition. The plot was fairly simple and ordinary but the main character and the stark and brutal violence were enough to engage me and hook me into reading this book in a single sitting. Check it out...you won't be disappointed.
The first and best Stoner novel Jul 16, 2000
The first entry in the Harry Stoner detective series is also the best. Harry tries to track down the whereabouts of a teenage hooker who has gotten herself involved with a ring of snuff film makers. The case takes Stoner through the underworld of his native Cincinnati, and never have the streets of the Queen city seemed so ominous. The climax is befittingly brutal and bloody. This book is for lovers of down and dirty detective fiction.