The Private Detective
Chinatown, Hawaii 1942
Down these mean streets a man must go who is not mean himself, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. He is a hero; he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be a man of honor-by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He will take no man’s money dishonestly and no man’s insolence without a due and dispassionate revenge. He is a lonely man and his pride is such that you will treat him as a proud man or be very sorry you ever saw him. He talks as the man of his age talks-that is, with crude wit, a lively sense of the grotesque, a disgust for the sham, and a contempt for pettiness. He has a range of awareness that startles you, but it belongs to him by right, because it belongs to the world, he lives in…if there were enough like him, the world would be a safe place to live in, without becoming too dull to be worth living in. R. Chandler
Seadog Publishing is proud to publish….Gunny Mac Private Detective Trouble in Chinatown
It’s 1942, the First Marine Division is fighting for its survival on Guadalcanal. President Roosevelt orders all the money in Hawaii collected, destroyed, and replaced by money with Hawaii written across the back of each bill. Funny money that the Japs can’t use if they invade the island, if Guadalcanal falls.
Millions of dollars collected and some of the money is about to be taken by anybody who is somebody.
Lt. Commander Kincaid, a drunk, thief, and gambler is in charge of destroying the money, has his own plans on what to do with some of the money.
But one man is standing in the way. A bayoneted, shot up Navy Cross winner, hero of Bloody Ridge… a man who hates what he has been forced to become… a civilian. Awaiting a medical discharge, Gunny Mac is lost without his Marine Corps. He buys a two -dollar book on how to be a private eye and Chinatown will never be the same.
But sometimes you have to throw the book away.
But he’s not alone. His fellow wounded Marines, at the naval hospital, now out of the fight, have lots of fight left in them.
Mac’s best friend, Gunny Wojohowitz, needs Mac to help him track down the one man he needs to kill….
Padre McCaffery, a fighting, whiskey drinking, cigar smoking Jesuit priest, winner of the Navy Cross recruits Marines in the psych unit to ensure Mac stays safe with hilarious results….
LT. Burke a Naval officer…a wealthy, spoiled Harvard graduate who is sent to the Marine Corps as an Artillery Forward Observer as punishment, seeks forgiveness and redemption, and drags Mac deeper into the corruption of Chinatown.
They shed their blood and their human psyche, but they face one more battle for their country, and for their friends. One last battle…one last victory!