The Dollar-A-Year Detective: A Jack Starkey Mystery Audiobook, by William  Wells Play Audiobook Sample

The Dollar-A-Year Detective: A Jack Starkey Mystery Audiobook

The Dollar-A-Year Detective: A Jack Starkey Mystery Audiobook, by William  Wells Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Donald Corren Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 4.00 hours at 1.5x Speed 3.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Jack Starkey Series Release Date: July 2018 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781538537299

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Longest Chapter Length:

18:05 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

02:13 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

08:09 minutes

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Publisher Description

Retired Chicago homicide detective Jack Starkey is living what he calls every cop’s retirement dream by owning a successful bar, the Drunken Parrot, and residing on a houseboat in Fort Myers Beach on Florida’s Southwest Gulf Coast.

Mostly, it’s been working out just fine. Starkey’s drink of choice these days is diet root beer and not the hard stuff that ended his marriage and sent him into rehab. He’s dating the lovely Marisa Fernandez, who owns a real estate agency and supplements his usual diet of Pop-Tarts and diner food with gourmet Cuban cooking.

But long-term serenity has never been Jack Starkey’s destiny. One evening, Starkey’s pal Cubby Cullen, the Fort Myers Beach police chief, comes into the Drunken Parrot to ask a favor. The Coast Guard found a sailboat drifting in Pine Island Sound with two dead bodies aboard, a bank president and his wife, both shot once in the forehead execution style. Murders are rare in town; Cubby asks Jack, who has more homicide experience than anyone in the local police department, to take a look at the crime scene just to offer an opinion.

Starkey agrees, not realizing that this will draw him into an investigation involving offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, corrupt state politicians, a Russian oligarch, and the angry father of a boy who’s not getting much playing time on his Little League team. Even in his prime, Starkey would be hard-pressed to find a connection, and his prime is in his rearview mirror. This mystery follows in the tradition of John D. MacDonald, Carl Hiaasen, Lawrence Sanders, and other masters of crime fiction marked by compelling characters, stories with completely unexpected twists and turns, and a strong comic element that will keep a reader thoroughly amused while wondering what could possibly happen next.

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“Wells playfully lampoons the detective genre by juxtaposing the archetypal, loose-cannon detective with one who is well-adjusted, patient, and at times, not nearly as exhilarating or effective, it seems. He is clearly shooting for a realistic crime novel. It feels fresh and unexpected.”

— San Francisco Book Review on Detective Fiction 


  • “Wells has a brisk, breezy style that’s just right for this tale, which blurs the line between fiction and (fictive) reality. Prime entertainment.”

    — Booklist on Detective Fiction
  • “Wells’ comic mystery is shouting ‘series,’ which would be perfectly fine for Carl Hiaasen.”

    — Library Journal on Detective Fiction

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About William Wells

William Wells graduated from Hamilton College, served aboard a naval destroyer, and has worked as a radio disc jockey, newspaper staff writer, author of an internationally syndicated comic strip, speechwriter for the governor of Michigan, and marketing agency executive before founding a custom publishing company.

About Donald Corren

Donald Corren is an audiobook narrator and a New York actor with leading credits on and Off-Broadway, as well as numerous television appearances. On Broadway, he costarred with Judy Kaye in the critically acclaimed production of Souvenir, and replaced Harvey Fierstein in the seminal production of Torch Song Trilogy. His Off-Broadway appearances include The Soap Myth, Dietrich & Chevalier, The Last Sunday in June, Stephen Sondheim’s Saturday Night, and the original New York production of Tomfoolery. His television credits include eight seasons as forensic tech Medill on NBC’s Law & Order, as well as his current role as Dr. Kurian on Syfy’s Z Nation.