Detective Heroes for Tomorrow’s Boomers

Spinster: For Hire (Robert B. Parker)
Kicked off the Boston Police Department for insubordination, this crotchety crochet aficionado now dispenses bullets and bon-bons as a private detective. At 83, she’s never been married, but carries on a tempestuous committed relationship with her psychiatrist girlfriend. In this novel, her smart mouth gets her in trouble with Boston’s underworld, trouble she must handle with the help of the lethal, existential black man she once boxed against.

Sun City Dead (Stuart Woods)
Retired Manhattan cop-turned-lawyer/investigator Stoned Bear leads a suave, sophisticated life full of private jets, lavish dinner parties, and sexy assignations. A plea for help from his ex-wife Care brings him to an Arizona assisted-living center, where he seduces every woman he sees… which is actually not all that many women since he keeps postponing that cataract surgery.

The Venerated (John Grisham)
In the Deep South, an idealistic but down-and-out retired lawyer investigates the way everything was so much cheaper back in the good old days. He unwittingly witnesses criminal price markups, gets caught in a power struggle between the Mob and the government, and uncovers the vast conspiracy that consistently delays delivery of his Social Security checks.

& Is for Also, In Addition, As Well As (Sue Grafton)
Tenacious, spunky, disheveled Kissme Milled-Homes is a retired Santa Teresa, California, private eye. After another heartbreak, she and her smart mouth consider getting involved again with her fourth ex-husband, and a chain of unlikely events threatens not only her pension but her very existence.

Along Came A Spire (James Patterson)
Retired psychologist/detective “Red” Cross — his prune-juice-and-oatmeal breakfast disturbed when the latter ingredient shows up dead — tracks a cereal killer. When the killer hides in a church’s steeple, Red must talk him down before the end of his stint as the “dummy” for the Afternoon Men’s Bridge Club.

The Black Nose-Hairs (Michael Connelly)
Augie Renoir, a dour, chain-smoking loner who won’t play by the superiors’ rules, gets up early one morning to discover who keeps stealing the newspaper from the nursing home’s stoop. As the mystery unravels, he wonders if it’s related to another puzzling and horrific crime: somebody keeps switching the television away from the Weather Channel.

Aging Puppy (Carl Hyacinth)
A cynical retired journalist and environmental do-gooder from South Florida has a sure-fire way of distinguishing heroes from villains: how do they feel about ‘60s-era rock’n’roll? Meanwhile, a minor character with a stunning lack of self-dignity has a unique way of dealing with his prostate cancer.

87 and Counting (Janet Evanovich)
A smart, trash-talking retired New Jersey bounty hunter must apply her professional skills to a personal quest: searching for her grandchildren. She wants to give them the very best that they deserve. But this may be her most binding, constricted, immovable challenge to date: she’s run out of Metamucil.

Prayers for Polyester (Dennis Lehane)
From his office in the belfry, a wisecracking retired Dorchester-born detective with a passion for justice checks out rumors of price-gouging at a church’s rummage sale. Meanwhile, he also negotiates a tempestuous relationship with his wisecracking female sidekick as they seek the best early-bird dinner special in town.

Bitter Pills (Sara Paretsky)
A feisty, tough-talking retired lawyer/private investigator with an unpronounceable name seeks a way to cut down on her number of prescriptions. This novel features an incredible motorized-wheelchair chase scene through downtown Chicago.

Catnap (Rita Mae Brown)
In a sleepy Southern town so small it still has party lines, a feisty telephone operator and her talking cats solve the mystery of who stole the crate of Depends. Also includes recipes for terrific tuna-flavored Jello salads to be enjoyed by feline and humanoid alike before catching a little midafternoon shuteye.

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