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The Office is the 17th title in the award winning Dev Haskell series. Private Investigator Dev Haskell rolls up his sleeves and decides to help a neighbor lady rid her neighborhood of a drug problem. Specifically, ridding the neighborhood of one, Ozzie Frick, apparent business associate of crime lord Tubby Gustafson. But all is not as it seems ... Dev spends his evenings u The Office is the 17th title in the award winning Dev Haskell series. Private Investigator Dev Haskell rolls up his sleeves and decides to help a neighbor lady rid her neighborhood of a drug problem. Specifically, ridding the neighborhood of one, Ozzie Frick, apparent business associate of crime lord Tubby Gustafson. But all is not as it seems ... Dev spends his evenings until the early morning hours sitting in "The Office", actually a 'porta pottie' positioned on a fake road construction site in front of Ozzie Frick's home. Dev tapes and records drug buys, license plate numbers and cash pick ups between midnight to seven from the safety of "The Office." In his spare time he attempts to build a relationship with gorgeous Sophie, owner of chocolate lab, Lilly. Sophie has her hands full trying to train Morton, Dev's golden retriever along with Dev. Meanwhile, gangster Dennis Dwyer becomes more than involved just to add complications and in the end Dev has a day of reckoning thrust upon him ... thanks to stripper/escort/ner' do well Swindle Lawless. It's classic Dev! The Office Dev Haskell's latest attempt at being nice! Fans of Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey, Tony Dunbar and Laurence Shames love it! "Faricy is America's hottest new writer..." The Dirty Lowdown A cross between Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard with a sprinkling of Robert B. Parker..."


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The Office is the 17th title in the award winning Dev Haskell series. Private Investigator Dev Haskell rolls up his sleeves and decides to help a neighbor lady rid her neighborhood of a drug problem. Specifically, ridding the neighborhood of one, Ozzie Frick, apparent business associate of crime lord Tubby Gustafson. But all is not as it seems ... Dev spends his evenings u The Office is the 17th title in the award winning Dev Haskell series. Private Investigator Dev Haskell rolls up his sleeves and decides to help a neighbor lady rid her neighborhood of a drug problem. Specifically, ridding the neighborhood of one, Ozzie Frick, apparent business associate of crime lord Tubby Gustafson. But all is not as it seems ... Dev spends his evenings until the early morning hours sitting in "The Office", actually a 'porta pottie' positioned on a fake road construction site in front of Ozzie Frick's home. Dev tapes and records drug buys, license plate numbers and cash pick ups between midnight to seven from the safety of "The Office." In his spare time he attempts to build a relationship with gorgeous Sophie, owner of chocolate lab, Lilly. Sophie has her hands full trying to train Morton, Dev's golden retriever along with Dev. Meanwhile, gangster Dennis Dwyer becomes more than involved just to add complications and in the end Dev has a day of reckoning thrust upon him ... thanks to stripper/escort/ner' do well Swindle Lawless. It's classic Dev! The Office Dev Haskell's latest attempt at being nice! Fans of Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey, Tony Dunbar and Laurence Shames love it! "Faricy is America's hottest new writer..." The Dirty Lowdown A cross between Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard with a sprinkling of Robert B. Parker..."

30 review for The Office

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tulay

    Entertaining, but... Silly honours writing. This was the first book I read in this series, do like Dev Haskell character, because he is caring pet owner. But his choice of female friendship is questionable. Drugs in neighborhood, police departments with budget cuts. 3.5 stars, because it was a easy read for this sick with flu reader.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kat Lebo

    The Office, Dev Haskell Mysteries, book #17 by Mike Faricy Dev is up to his usual shenanigans in this episode. He is romancing a woman clearly out of his league and enjoying the casual approach to relationships that she has. She lives in an upscale neighborhood, has upscale tastes, and upscale friends, such as her BFF, B.B. Dev is enjoying the lifestyle. He met her when he took Morton to an obedience class she teaches (Morton failed, by the way), and she thinks Dev is a bad influence on Morton. Ev The Office, Dev Haskell Mysteries, book #17 by Mike Faricy Dev is up to his usual shenanigans in this episode. He is romancing a woman clearly out of his league and enjoying the casual approach to relationships that she has. She lives in an upscale neighborhood, has upscale tastes, and upscale friends, such as her BFF, B.B. Dev is enjoying the lifestyle. He met her when he took Morton to an obedience class she teaches (Morton failed, by the way), and she thinks Dev is a bad influence on Morton. Everything seems to be going fine until Dev gets an invitation-you-can't-refuse to meet with Tubby Gustafson. Tubby tells Dev that a woman named Daisy is making trouble for a local drug dealer, Ozzie Frick, by sitting on her porch and using a megaphone to yell at his customers. Tubby wants Dev to get her to stop, and he makes it clear that Dev will do so, or else. Dev goes to talk to her, and when she indicates she will not stop harassing the drug buyers, Dev decides to go to the police with the information he has, in hopes of getting her some protection. Instead, he ends up the link in a police investigation -- he's not getting paid, and his gig is to sit in porta pottie (Faricy's spelling, not mine), a/k/a "the office," from midnight to 8 a.m. every night, filming the comings and goings at the drug dealers home. Dev's love interest, Sophie, decides that since Dev will be tied up all night for several days, it would be good for Morton to come and stay with her and her own dog, Lilly (by the way, Mr. Faricy needs to make up his mind on the dog's name spelling. It's twice shown as Lily, and the rest of the time it's Lilly.) so that she can teach him some basic commands and dog manners. So, Morton goes to stay with the nice lady and her dog and Dev goes to sit in a porta pottie every night. By disobeying the orders of the police, Dev finds out a lot about Ozzie Frick, including that he isn't working for Tubby Gustafson, as Dev believed Tubby had implied, but for a rival of Tubby's, Dennis Dwyer. He also discovers that this drug spot isn't the only one of Dwyer's, but that there is a network of 7 other houses from which Dwyer's men collect cash and distribute product. Things finally come to a head when the police set up their raid on the Frick house and the rest of the Dwyer network. Will Dev survive? Will Morton learn any doggy manners? Will the police get their man? Will Tubby be happy? How many people will be in harm's way before this adventure comes to an end? Faricy's writing is always well plotted and paced, full of humor and danger, and characters that are perfectly relatable. Editing and proofing are pretty good, although the proofing missed the spelling of Lily snafu, and there also were a couple of places where a sentence began with quote marks, but it wasn't dialogue. If I had a problem with this one, it was that I figured out the connection that put Dev, Sofie, Lilly, and Morton in danger almost immediately. But, I certainly didn't figure out how the conclusion would play out, so it all balanced out. Fun and quick read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    Dev Haskell, P.I. is back in another crazy misadventure. His un-chosen "friend" Tubby Gustafson wants him to help out a "friend." Tubby doesn't give you the option of turning him down. When the friend shows up he tells Dev he has a crazy lady neighbor who sits on her porch and yells at him with a bullhorn, while he tries to conduct his business at his house at the end of the cul de sac. Dev knows the business is not legal, so he goes to talk to the woman and try and warn her that these are dange Dev Haskell, P.I. is back in another crazy misadventure. His un-chosen "friend" Tubby Gustafson wants him to help out a "friend." Tubby doesn't give you the option of turning him down. When the friend shows up he tells Dev he has a crazy lady neighbor who sits on her porch and yells at him with a bullhorn, while he tries to conduct his business at his house at the end of the cul de sac. Dev knows the business is not legal, so he goes to talk to the woman and try and warn her that these are dangerous people. He ten turns to his life-long friend. Aaron, who is with the police. They set up an undercover operation when they realize the person in charge of the "business" is a big shot, not Tubby, who they have not been able to get anything on. Dev and two cops go undercover, unpaid, to get as much info as possible to bring down this bad guy. Meanwhile, back on the home front, Dev has a current gal pal, a dog trainer, who decides to keep Morton for Dev while he is doing all his late night work. In the end it all comes full circle and although I figured out a little of the mysteries, I didn't see some of them coming. Can't reveal anymore without giving away surprises. Glad Dev is still able to bring me surprises.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pat Allen

    Enjoyable story Dev is a private investigator who is strong-armed by thugs to shut a 60-year old woman up. She stays up all night in her home with her dog Axle, shouting through a bullhorn, the makes of cars, registration numbers, colours, and other details, of people visiting drug dealers in the previously quiet cul-de-sac she lives in. He nervously approaches because Axle seems vicious. After talking to her, she ceases her activities but he alerts the Police to what is going on. Low on budget, Enjoyable story Dev is a private investigator who is strong-armed by thugs to shut a 60-year old woman up. She stays up all night in her home with her dog Axle, shouting through a bullhorn, the makes of cars, registration numbers, colours, and other details, of people visiting drug dealers in the previously quiet cul-de-sac she lives in. He nervously approaches because Axle seems vicious. After talking to her, she ceases her activities but he alerts the Police to what is going on. Low on budget, they set up a couple of construction guys during the day. A port-a-potty forms Dev's "office" all night. Equipped with surveilance cameras, he voluntarily records the details of the very busy drug operation and its clients. He follows the sellars and discovers seven similar outlets. He also locates their head office four blocks from his home. His badly-behaved retreiver spends time at his dog-trainer girlfriend's place since he is working. She teaches Morton some discipline while she cares for him. He impregnates her champion dog. Both dogs are shot by criminals. Dev is remarkably capable in an emergency, disempowering the mastermind by shooting him in the kneecap. I found the light-hearted story fun, entertaining and unique. Would recommended this author.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Benham

    This one starts out a little slow and if you look at the cover, you might see why. How much action can there be in a porta-pottie? I am going to go ahead and assume that any poor soul that is reading this has read several Dev Haskell books. Who would start with #17, right? First thing you notice is that Dev is volunteering (as in not paid) his time to the police. The second thing you notice is that the police would let him. The third thing is that Dev is smarter than anything the police has to o This one starts out a little slow and if you look at the cover, you might see why. How much action can there be in a porta-pottie? I am going to go ahead and assume that any poor soul that is reading this has read several Dev Haskell books. Who would start with #17, right? First thing you notice is that Dev is volunteering (as in not paid) his time to the police. The second thing you notice is that the police would let him. The third thing is that Dev is smarter than anything the police has to offer. Also Tubby isn't as intimidating as he has been in the past. And Morton has a big role in this tale (pun intended) so mutt lovers will rejoice. Wow, who could resist? Being a Dev Haskell reader, you don't care what the plot is, only that there is one. The biggest surprise comes after the book is concluded. Enjoy!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Randy

    Dev is "requested" by crime czar Tubby to help an older lady in her quest to quiet traffic noise in her neighborhood. When he finds out this traffic may be drug related, he volunteers to help the police since their budget is being reduced. They put him in an "office" on that street to observe and record action. In addition, Dev's current girlfriend is an avid dog lover, and she decides to take in his dog Morton to properly train him. As you might expect, this does not work out well for anyone. I' Dev is "requested" by crime czar Tubby to help an older lady in her quest to quiet traffic noise in her neighborhood. When he finds out this traffic may be drug related, he volunteers to help the police since their budget is being reduced. They put him in an "office" on that street to observe and record action. In addition, Dev's current girlfriend is an avid dog lover, and she decides to take in his dog Morton to properly train him. As you might expect, this does not work out well for anyone. I've read most of the Dev Haskell adventures and have enjoyed them. This one is not as funny, and after seventeen stories there seems to me to be a lot of familiarity in this one. Maybe Dev is maturing at last.

  7. 4 out of 5

    John

    When local gangster Tubby Gustafson asks you to do him a favor you don't say no. Tubby asks Dev to check on an older lady who has been complaining about drug dealers operating in her neighborhood. Dev goes to the police with the problem but they are short staffed and can't spare the manpower to stake out the drug dealer. Dev volunteers to help and the police set him up with an office with a video camera and monitor to record the drug deals. What they fail to tell him is that the office is a port When local gangster Tubby Gustafson asks you to do him a favor you don't say no. Tubby asks Dev to check on an older lady who has been complaining about drug dealers operating in her neighborhood. Dev goes to the police with the problem but they are short staffed and can't spare the manpower to stake out the drug dealer. Dev volunteers to help and the police set him up with an office with a video camera and monitor to record the drug deals. What they fail to tell him is that the office is a porta-potty. So Dev finds himself spending his nights in a porta-potty staking out drug dealers rather than with his current girlfriend, who happens to be a dog trainer. She agrees to watch Dev's dog, Morton, and maybe teach him some manners. What could go wrong? It's Dev Haskell so nearly everything!

  8. 5 out of 5

    J.D. Schechter

    Another good one Dev Haskell steps in it again. Mike Faricy's hapless private eye stops for a drink and gets involved with yet another underworld character - but this time the cops are on his side. Another good one Dev Haskell steps in it again. Mike Faricy's hapless private eye stops for a drink and gets involved with yet another underworld character - but this time the cops are on his side.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Once again Dev has gotten a job he didn’t want, again without pay. To get rid of drug dealing and Ozzie, he would help the neighbor woman. Sitting in his office on a fake construction site. Another good mystery that will intrigue readers of what will be the outcome for Dev.

  10. 5 out of 5

    BarbaraH

    Great story of a bubbling detective who ends up doing turbulence from a outhouse! He trys to help out a little old lady who sits on her porch with her dog and a bullhorn trying to drive out the drug dealers on her block. It is funny as he stumbles along and gets to help.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Guy

    Standard Dev Ya gotta read this one. Yes, Dev dances around in a world that I like not living in. Yes, he manages to successfully survive the trip. And, his “warm and fuzzy” relationship with local law enforcement wraps up another great adventure.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennie Ersari

    Dev Haskell does it again. Once more Dev closes his case even after all the wrong things that happen to him. Unfortunately he's not so lucky in the romance department! Dev Haskell does it again. Once more Dev closes his case even after all the wrong things that happen to him. Unfortunately he's not so lucky in the romance department!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marcia-Lee Finocchio

    Dev Haskell Story about a PI name Dev, who gets involve with drug dealers. So many things that could go wrong, does, not only in his business but also in his love life.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Don Paske

    A good, albeit somewhat plodding, book. At least it partially answers the question: where does Dev get his never decreasing amount of money...!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Wpayne

    The Office Another highly entertaining Dev Haskell adventure. Glad Haskell got a few licks in for himself in this one. Great story. Always a good mystery and a lot of laughs.

  16. 4 out of 5

    John Roach,

    Another excellent Dev Haskell yarn from one of my favorite authors.

  17. 4 out of 5

    mzbeastle

    These aren't the best mystery/PI books out there, but in some strange way they are satisfying, even with a flawed character as Dev Haskell. I like the pace of the stories, after a while I started to like Dev, and the plots were colorful and kept me going back for more (like Trinity Chocolate ice cream...). Fun reads, great for when I'm not really sure what I'd like to read next. These aren't the best mystery/PI books out there, but in some strange way they are satisfying, even with a flawed character as Dev Haskell. I like the pace of the stories, after a while I started to like Dev, and the plots were colorful and kept me going back for more (like Trinity Chocolate ice cream...). Fun reads, great for when I'm not really sure what I'd like to read next.

  18. 4 out of 5

    John Lee

  19. 4 out of 5

    William M. Watkins, III

  20. 5 out of 5

    John Struckmann

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stuart Davis

  22. 4 out of 5

    Don I J Koziak

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dan

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nealann Wallace

  25. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Braus

  26. 5 out of 5

    Yolanda Reed

  27. 4 out of 5

    Keith

  28. 5 out of 5

    Drea Kreth

  29. 4 out of 5

    john graham

  30. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Gonzalez

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