Welcome back, Richard!
I love the books written by the late Robert B. Parker. You may not recognize his name, but Parker is the man who wrote the novels on which the TV shows featuring private detective Spenser and police chief Jesse Stone are based. I think one reason I like Spenser is that he’s just enough of a smart-aleck for me to identify with him. Someone once asked him why he was a private detective, and I love his answer: “Because I can’t sing and dance.”