Mickey Shamus, Private Dick

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Humor  |  House: Booksie Classic

Baby boomer Mickey Shamus, a retired postal worker fresh off life’s treadmill of endless mortgage payments, car payments, and college tuition bills for the kid, not to mention a healthy, three-meal-a-day monkey on his back, suddenly finds himself divorced, broke, and free to pursue his lifelong fantasyto lead the exciting life of a dashing, hard-boiled, private eye. His first client, Sunny Sunshine, an aging, make-love-not-war flower child and chief cook and bottle washer at Hippie House, a commune down on skid row for aging, homeless hippies, retains him to locate her missing soul mate, an over-the-hill Yippee who’d had his name legally changed to Phukyu so as not to be held in contempt when the judge asked him to state his name. When Phukyu turns up dead in a skid-row tenement with a syringe in his arm, and the police refuse to investigate the incident as a homicide, despite the fact that Phukyu’d been clean and sober for decades, Shamus and his Valley-girl-era sidekick, Ricky Lee “Rusty” Reilly, launch a private investigation.Following a chain of similar murders of aging hippies, Shamus and Rusty uncover a gruesome insurance scam leading to a nefarious scheme to have Hippie House condemned to make way for a high-rise condominium project.

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Baby boomer Mickey Shamus, a retired postal worker fresh off life’s treadmill of endless mortgage payments, car payments, and college tuition bills for the kid, not to mention a healthy,
three-meal-a-day monkey on his back, suddenly finds himself divorced, broke, and free to pursue his lifelong fantasyto lead the exciting life of a dashing, hard-boiled, private eye. His first
client, Sunny Sunshine, an aging, make-love-not-war flower child and chief cook and bottle washer at Hippie House, a commune down on skid row for aging, homeless hippies, retains him to locate her
missing soul mate, an over-the-hill Yippee who’d had his name legally changed to Phukyu so as not to be held in contempt when the judge asked him to state his name. When Phukyu turns up dead in a
skid-row tenement with a syringe in his arm, and the police refuse to investigate the incident as a homicide, despite the fact that Phukyu’d been clean and sober for decades, Shamus and his
Valley-girl-era sidekick, Ricky Lee “Rusty” Reilly, launch a private investigation. Following a chain of similar murders of aging hippies, Shamus and Rusty uncover a gruesome insurance scam leading
to a nefarious scheme to have Hippie House condemned to make way for a high-rise condominium project.
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Mickey Shamus, Private Dick

Baby boomer Mickey Shamus, a retired postal worker fresh off life’s treadmill of endless mortgage payments, car payments, and college tuition bills for the kid, not to mention a healthy, three-meal-a-day monkey on his back, suddenly finds himself divorced