The Greer Agency

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By Harris Tobias

Publisher : All Things That Matter Press

ABOUT Harris Tobias

Harris Tobias
Harris Tobias lives and writes in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is the author of several unpublished novels and hundreds of short stories. His fiction has appeared in Ray Gun Revival, The Calliope Nerve, Literal Translations and other obscure publications. You can find links to his fiction More...



The Greer Agency is a gritty detective fiction presented in 15 separate, but connected stories. The reader follows the development of private detective Mike Greer, the only PI in the Altoona, PA phone book. It's tough to make a living in a decaying old railroad town, but with the help of an anonymous benefactor, Greer lands some interesting cases-cases that he solves with guts and determination. Throughout the stories, his budding romance with Susan grows. Eventually, they realize they are right for each other. Readers will find Mike Greer an accessible everyman with luck, pluck, smarts and a host of interesting friends. He finds his way into and out of problems large and small. Greer narrates the stories in a refreshing and original voice. Each story has its own plot and can stand on its own, but as the book progresses, the mysteries pile up and the plots get more complex until the explosive last story.

This is Mr. Tobias' second crime novel. His first novel A Felony of Birds is available electronically for Kindle at: or in print at:

5.0 out of 5 stars Crime-novel buffs will love this one., March 29, 2010
By Brian Donovan (Huntington, NY) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Greer Agency (Paperback)
Good news for readers of detective fiction: There's a new sleuth in town, hanging out at the greasy spoon, dishing up sardonic wisecracks, flirting with the gum-popping waitress, poking his inquisitive nose into a thoroughly entertaining series of noir schemes. Morgan Greer tells us he's no great detective, just a small-town hack. But as this thoroughly engaging story unfolds, one local sleazeball after another discovers that Greer's a lot better than he thinks. Greer and his creator, Harris Tobias, are savvy players in one of American literature's classic genres.

Brian Donovan, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist & author of "Hard Driving: The American Odyssey of NASCAR's First Black Driver.