This is a compilation of three Cooper, P.I., stories: 154, 155, and 156.
On the Road Again
Now that Elliott's retired and Nick has abandoned the private eye business, Matt has no reason to keep the business going, especially since his recent patent had been licensed to the State of California and surrounding states, making him wealthy enough not to work. But life soon gets boring, and Matt decides to buy a motorhome and take his wife and father on the road trip of a lifetime. Elliott and Matt hadn't counted on Chris getting kidnapped in Arizona. Now all they want to do is find her, pay the ransom, and go back home again. Easier said than done.
The Best Things in Life
At the end of the last story, Matt's life took a turn for the worse when Elliott died. Matt is lost and not sure what to do with his time. Somewhere on Hollywood Boulevard Matt witnesses an act of kindness from one stranger to another, and it gets him thinking about what he could be doing to make life better for his fellow man. He has more money than he'll ever spend for the rest of his life, so he sets about trying to use it to help his fellow man. Although this gives him a warm and fuzzy feeling, there's still something missing in his life. Where can he go from here?
Daddy's Little Girl
With his son, Nick, out of the P.I. business now, Matt learns that his daughter, Veronica, would like the position. Much to Matt's surprise, she's more than qualified, having been taught self-defense techniques by her grandmother, Gloria, who was once a partner in the Cooper Investigations business. Matt and Veronica's first case involves tracking down a man who is trying to hide his assets in a divorce case. Like the saying goes, you can't win 'em all, which Matt and Veronica soon find out. There's another saying - what goes around comes around - and the P.I.s will get a first-hand example of that old saying as well.
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