“Buried Caesars” by Stuart M. Kaminsky:

“Bowlby is a smart choice for these swift-paced tales. He endows Peters with a wry, mildly world-weary voice that comes across as tough without sounding rough. He saves the full hardboiled effect for Peters’s eternally angry homicide detective brother, Phil. Peters’s office-mate, Sheldon Minck, the world’s most unsanitary dentist, sounds as slurry, whiny, and needy as he is on the page. As for Bowlby’s interpretations of General Douglas MacArthur and Dashiell Hammett, their personalities – stern and humorless for the general, slightly bemused and relaxed for the writer – fit hand in glove with what we know from the history books.”

–Publishers Weekly