Temporary Detective by Larry Hansen
Approx. 52,630 words.
Published on October 30, 2012.
An anthology of stories based on Sam Callow's temporary assignment at the Nick Drake Detective Agency. Nick leaves Sam in charge to simply wait for a package–then promptly disappears. Sam decides to assume Nick's identity and is soon involved in multiple murder investigations. Sam relies on his vast network of well-placed temp associates to help him solve strange cases while trying to stay alive.