Crawford Taylor is not your ordinary shylock, no sir. None of your hook-nosed Fagins or Semitic stereotypes here, if you please. Crawford Taylor is your modern day shylock. He’s suave and handsome and cool and elegant in his charcoal gray Armani suit and black Prada slip-ons. He’s Harvard-educated with a grace and style you see all the time on the pages of GQ. Think George Clooney here only younger and without the gray hair. Crawford Taylor is perfectly tanned and dark-haired from people, they say, that go all the way back to the Mayflower. He carries himself like a leading man.
Center stage. Head high. And the spotlight always shining on him, even if it’s not.
Crawford is upset. Payment is due. Not just due, very due, and a lot of money is at stake.
A guy he was doing well with has been giving him the run-around.
And payment is due.
And nothing is forthcoming.
One of the two people Crawford sends to collect the debt is shot and killed by the man that owes him the money in the parking lot of the diner in Columbia, a fictional small town in northern Westchester, N.Y. Columbia’s only detective, Jimmy Dugan, handles the investigation.
The trail leads Jimmy to drug dealers at the local school, a serial killer who preys on old people, and a New York garment center hot shot who owes Crawford a great deal of money. Such is the complexity of the intertwining plot lines that the only way to describe the outcome is something Jimmy’s father used to say to him when he was a kid, “If you can only hang on long enough, things have a habit of working out.”
Praise for Peter Green:
“This latest installment of Peter Green’s Jimmy Dugan series is the best yet! And the previous books were extremely readable, fast paced and entertaining. “Things have a Habit” provides the delicious guilty pleasure of watching a train wreck. I loved the ironic narrator and how the reader is able to engage with the characters, each on their own path, and watch them collide through mistakes, coincidences and destiny. The story paints a great view of our society as it is; with glimpses into daily life of a variety of characters. I highly recommend this and all other of Peter Green’s books. My one question is – why hasn’t some smart producer made this into a miniseries for cable. Wake up HBO!”
“(I)Loved the book as I have loved all of Peter Green’s books. This is a page turner. Once I started I could not put it down. The characters are very well drawn, several plots going on and they all come together. The head detective, Jimmy Dugan is just terrific , Cannot wait for his next book.”
“I have read all of the books in this series, and they just keep getting better! “Things have a habit” is a roller coaster of suspense, drama and humor. The dialogue and characters really shine in this one. This book would not be classified a comedy, but I actually found myself chuckling out loud at some of the more clever, light hearted, exchanges. It hits on several relatable topics and relationships. The “Weed talk” between Jimmy and his (inevitably to be) step daughter, and his follow up conversation with his buddy, and right hand man, strike an especially comical chord. I wish someone would make a movie or TV series around these characters!! The best book I have read this year!”
About the Author:
Peter Green was born in England and came to the United States with Vidal Sassoon as part of the British Invasion. Since then he has been variously a hairdresser, stockbroker, student, businessman, entrepreneur, and author of “The Hit and Run”, “A Shot In The Dark”, and “A Simple Ride Home”. He is currently working on his fifth Jimmy Dugan mystery called “The Death of a Hairdresser”, has been married for 42 years and has three children and four grandchildren.
Keep your eyes peeled for his author interview!