Change of Address by Rick Polad

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    Rick Polad’s book, Change of Address, is in the best tradition of Robert Parker. The book is about characters, and it has plenty of them to keep you on the edge of your seat wondering how Chicago private eye, Spenser Manning, will carry the day.

    Spencer Manning decides not to follow in his Dad’s police footsteps and instead gets a PI license. Tracking down an unknown father involves him in murder and drugs as his first case leads him to a Chicago racetrack and the mayor’s house.

    About Rick Polad:

    Rick Polad
    Rick Polad

    Rick Polad teaches Earth science and volunteers with the Coast Guard on Lake Michigan. For over a decade, Rick has given editorial assistance to award-winning photographer Bruce Roberts and historian/author Cheryl Shelton-Roberts on several of their maritime-themed publications including North Carolina Lighthouses: Stories of History and Hope, and the third edition of American Lighthouses: A Comprehensive Guide to Exploring Our National Coastal Treasures.

    Rick also edited the English version of Living With Nuclei, the memoirs of Japanese physicist, Motoharu Kimura. After decades of reading mysteries, Rick has decided to try his hand at writing them.

    Review by DJT:

    Rick Polad’s book, Change of Address, is in the best tradition of Robert Parker. The book is about characters, and it has plenty of them to keep you on the edge of your seat wondering how Chicago private eye, Spenser Manning, will carry the day.

    Throughout the book, Polad’s well-crafted plot is set against the background of Manning’s personal life – virtues, vices, dilemmas – so that we see the man in greater context with his adversaries and own personal demons.

    The story line, which revolves around a missing person case but eventually evolves into murder and kidnapping, is multidimensional and complex, but Polad’s writing is clear and concise, deftly taking the reader on a journey through two-bit diners with pushy cooks and clientele to hip jazz clubs frequented by a special segment of Chicago’s musical underworld, and friends.

    But it doesn’t stop there as Manning pursues his case into slum sleazy neighborhoods and a silver spoon horse stable frequented by asses — with the exception of one mare that Manning rides away with. Polad’s protagonists and antagonists are equally entertaining as is the entire book and I highly recommend it and hope that Rick Polad has in mind to continue this Spenser Manning series. A terrific start to a promising writer.

    Review by Belie52:

    I thoroughly enjoyed Rick Polad’s first novel: Change of Address. Written in the first person POV, the story unfolds for the reader as it does for the main character Spencer. I found Spencer to be vulnerable and genuine as well as motivated.

    I loved how he cared about the people he dealt with throughout the story. I also loved the local references. Having grown up on the north side of Chicago, it was fun to see so many references to familiar places from my childhood.

    I felt like Spencer Manning could have been somebody that I grew up with. There was also plenty of action to keep the story moving. The characters and story stayed with me even when I had to set the book aside for a few days,

    I was able to pick right up where I left off, anxious to see how it played out. I’ve always been a fan of the mystery genre and this was a clever, and enjoyable read. Looking forward to more Spencer Manning mysteries.