The Blurb on Other People’s Words – Ben Sobieck

January 10, 2012 at 1:57 am (Reviews, writing) (, , , , )

Detective stories are not tales from a genre I tend to read, but Maynard is also not the usual hard-boiled private dick. This series of digital shorts is uproariously amusing and the lead character is irreverent and unapologetic. Add in elements of political satire and I found these stories well worth the read, even if they weren’t my typical selection:

Maynard Soloman Solves The War On Drugs – by Benjamin Sobieck


With a chip on his shoulder and more than his share of attitude, the protagonist presents himself as a force to be reckoned with and immediately captured my interest. He jumps into the serious issue of the war on drugs with gusto, attacking things head on from his Winnebago. The term “character” definitely applies to Maynard Soloman, in a detective tale that offers lots of satirical humour and plenty of “street” ambiance.


Maynard Soloman Proves Santa Claus is Real! – by Benjamin Sobieck


Another detective tale with a satirical twist, this one a Christmas edition where our obstinate and life-weary protagonist is at risk of losing his ‘bago, and finds himself facing down numerous obstacles in order to do so. It’s always amusing to watch a jaded old fellow confronting the Christmas spirit head-on (which is why Ebenezer was so popular), because you know how the chips will fall. I love the humour in this and how Maynard discovers the magic of Christmas is not all whimsy.


Maynard Soloman Fixes Social Security and Eats A Pony! – by Benjamin Sobieck

This short offers Maynard Soloman at his best…or perhaps you might call it his worst. Going about his usual business, as vulgar and life-weary as ever, he finds himself in the middle of a rather insane robbery. Pursuing the criminal digs our hero into a deeper hole, with Sobieck’s customary hilarity. If you like quirky characters and a good laugh to your detective stories, you’ll enjoy this digital short story offered by Trestle Press.


Maynard Soloman and the Job Nabbin’ Illegal Immigrants – by Benjamin Sobieck

My final review for this series had me laughing at all of Maynard Soloman’s latest antics. This time he’s working an actual job, all about a lost job (kind of ironic.) With his usual crusty approach, he delves into the task of investigating a topic at the political forefront. Maynard’s unabashed ways and sour disposition make for a very entertaining tale. This was a side-splitting digital short – another winner from Sobieck and Trestle Press.





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