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Publisher's Summary

Private detective Brett Cornell believes that he's never had it so good.
He's been on a winning streak playing poker in private games being held in the back room of one of his favorite night spots. He's recently been "discovered" by an exotic-looking beauty who specializes in homemade adult films.
In addition, he's been hired to track down a certain missing husband and bring him back home to his anxious wife. His life, however, takes a sudden turn for the worse when he opens the trunk of his car one evening and finds the missing husband's murdered corpse stashed away inside of it. A set-up for a murder rap?
Set in the late 1980s, Poolside with Brett is the first in a series of novels featuring the tough and crass "unscrupulous bastard" himself - a rude, wise-cracking private detective who happens to be a hugely successful ladies' man, thanks largely to what he immodestly refers to as his "Adonis-like features".
In a tale involving murder, blackmail, an unexpected suicide, and other assorted acts of violence and deceit, Brett learns the hard way that there's a steep price to be paid for being such an unscrupulous bastard - and listeners may very well feel that he gets exactly what he deserves, and more!
©2012 David Dennis D'Aguanno (P)2017 David Dennis D'Aguanno
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By Rabid Readers Reviews on 01-02-18

Poolside with Brett is an outstanding listen....

Would you consider the audio edition of Poolside with Brett to be better than the print version?

I've only listened but the voice acting was spectacular.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the place in time shout outs and apparent homage to classic mystery writers of a bygone era.

Have you listened to any of Travis Henry Carter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not heard this narrator before but thought he was well suited for Poolside with Brett

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

While I would have liked to have listened to the book in one sitting it was ideal for workouts and varied tasks though some of the rougher moments made it inappropriate for the school commute.

Any additional comments?

Poolside with Brett was well written and well voice. It is a bit blue at moments and somewhat a product of its time but with suspension of disbelief an acceptance that Brett is a douchewaffle who is a bit delusional about the legendary status of his man-beastliness, it a very good listen.

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By Johnny on 12-27-17

Private detective Bretts first adventure

I loved this book so much because Brett is the type of character that you love to hate. He thinks he's Gods gift to women everywhere and his cockiness works so well with the story.

The narrator was perfect for this story. He really pulled off what I would think a misogynist from Rhode Island would sound like. His narration of the other character was great as well and he really made the story great!

Overall the story is fun and interesting. Anyone who isn't afraid of some cursing or vulgar content will love this story! I just got the second book and can't wait to start listening!

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By Norma Miles on 01-07-18

Some kind of out of date neanderthal

Brett Cornell is the sort of PI anyone would have to be desperate to employ since he doesn't believe in working for his retainer. Instead he spends his time mostly drinking Heiniken, gambling and indulging his fantasies about his sexual prowess and a hoped for retirement with loads of money..He is a rude, egotistical, sarcastic, Marlborough smoking, lager swilling, spitting,. aggressive, loud mouthed, chauvenistic blonde moustached sleazeball. But he certainly does appeal to the ladies (even when they loath him). He's the larger than life, almost comic hero that the reader can love to hate.. He's great!

Surprisingly, he does have a client - an older woman whose husband is missing and she want Brett to find him and bring him back. But he quickly has other things on his mind, and body, which distract him from the search. Then, just when everything seems to be going his way, things turn messy,. Someone seems to be targeting him.

Narrator Travis Henry Carter does a superb job of becoming the obnoxious hero, who is himself relating the story, conveying character with every line and doing a good job with voicing the other protagonists.

Good story,, great character, the biggest mystery, though, is how did he live to be 36? My thanks to the rights holder who gifted ma a complimentary copy of Poolside with Brett, via FAFY. Really enjoyable fun - this is a series I will certainly want to follow.

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