A multi-generational saga spanning two world wars, the Cold War and the largest antiwar movement in American history. A war story, a love story, a story about the eternal struggle of good versus evil — with compelling characters, mighty and meek, living their lives through turbulent times of change – trying to make their world a better place.
Eddie Perlmutter, a fifty-nine-year-old highly decorated Boston cop, retired to Boca Raton, hoping for some peace and quiet after more than thirty years on the force. But before he could even get a tan he busted Russian mafia counterfeiters, unraveled the details of a mysterious death in a gated community, and saved damsels in distress from neo-Nazi punks. A local newspaper reporter wrote about Eddie’s exploits and nicknamed him the “Boca Knight,” a man willing to fight for everyone’s right to live in peace. Eddie Perlmutter was a hero all over again.
A widower for more than twenty years, Eddie becomes involved with two totally different women, but once he hangs out his P.I. shingle he has precious little time for romance. Eddie’s one-man Boca Knights Detective Agency has more cases than he can handle: a haunted elevator, a double kidnapping, an octogenarian bagel thief—and that’s just for starters. Quack doctors have to be busted; old hearts need fixing; scams must be exposed. While standing up for the underdog, Eddie doesn’t even have enough time to bend over for a prostate exam.
On top of his P.I. work, he’s got some unfinished business with one of the young neo-Nazi miscreants. He may have to fly halfway across the world to see justice done, if he isn’t cut down by Russian mafia bullets in the gayborhood or run over on a Boca street by a pint-size maniac in a huge Cadillac.
Retirement has never been so un-retiring.
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Meet Eddie Perlmutter, a hero full of contradictions: feisty yet engaging; a baby-boomer with bad knees who has the drive and passion of a much younger man. A hero who can’t help righting wrongs when he sees them, his story is funny and serious all at once, and should inspire people of all generations.
Eddie was a cop in Boston for more than thirty years. A terrific cop, highly decorated and widely respected on the streets and in the station. He was a tough guy, afraid of nothing. Like his grandfather, who came to the New World from Russia, Eddie is passionately committed to justice for all, regardless of race, color, or creed. He has always defended the underdog. Eddie is too hot-blooded to stand by and too committed to back down. He stands up to bullies and confronts them head on. But his arthritic knees can’t take the harsh New England winters anymore. So he does the smart thing, takes a job in sunny Boca Raton, ready for a life of warm weather and Boca Babes.
But not even Boca Raton, the land of eternal sunshine, gorgeous golf courses, and the Early Bird Special, is free of the ravages of crime. When Eddie single-handedly captures a counterfeiting ring in their Ecstasy lab, he becomes an overnight sensation, the darling of the local press. Nobody has ever seen anything like this Senior Citizen superman. But there’s big trouble brewing for Eddie under cover of Boca’s tropical nights…
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Set in Boca Raton, Fla., in 2006, Forman’s amusing third mystery featuring retired Boston cop Eddie Perlmutter (after 2010’s Boca Mournings) finds the 61-year-old bantam weight PI, dubbed “the Boca Knight,” tackling the local “pill mills,” which inappropriately supply people with powerful narcotics. Eddie also looks into the beating of a homeless man called Weary Willie as well as a financial fraud case involving an investment company head, B.I. Grover, who Eddie’s business partner, Lou Dewey, a reformed computer fraudster, suspects is running a Ponzi scheme. (While researching Grover, Lou comes across another name, Bernard Madoff, but Eddie says, “Forget Madoff for now.”) When a confrontation with gun-toting hoods leaves innocents dead, Eddie gets some unexpected help from gang leader Mad Dog Walken and a spunky homeless woman known as Three Bag Bailey. Readers will want to see plenty more of Eddie, who’s as adept with his wits as with his fists.