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Compelled by a dark secret from his past, private investigator Reed Ferguson takes on his most unique case yet: bodyguard for young, spoiled trust-fund baby Stephanie McMahon. As Reed tries to protect her from her father’s enemies, he gets more than he bargained for. Things are not what they seem, no one can be trusted, and the past has a way of coming back to haunt us. AnCompelled by a dark secret from his past, private investigator Reed Ferguson takes on his most unique case yet: bodyguard for young, spoiled trust-fund baby Stephanie McMahon. As Reed tries to protect her from her father’s enemies, he gets more than he bargained for. Things are not what they seem, no one can be trusted, and the past has a way of coming back to haunt us. And when suspicious deaths begin piling up, Reed knows he might be next. With a twisting plot and film noir fun that readers have come to expect, Out of the Past is Reed Ferguson at his best. ...

Title : Out of the Past
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ISBN : 22537056
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Number of Pages : 216 Pages
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Out of the Past Reviews

  • Vicki
    2019-05-04 14:11

    Great characters Reed ferguson is a private detective. He is roughly introduced to the McMahon family and is hired to act as body guard to Stephanie McMahon. She is not thrilled to have a bodyguard following her around as she goes from club to club. Reed has been left in the dark as to what is going on and do he tries to find out why Stephanie really needs a bodyguard. Reed discovers a trail of recent deaths surrounding Stephanie. He invited the help of his tech savvy friend Cal to help him find out what was really going on. The plot is interesting and suspenseful. There are questions that you want answers to. This book is well written and keeps you thirsting for more. I will be reading more books by this author and more of the Reed Ferguson series.

  • Julia
    2019-04-25 18:07

    Out of the Past is the latest in Renée Pawlish’s comic mystery series featuring Denver Private Eye, Reed Ferguson. In this tale, Reed is strong-armed – both physically and metaphorically – into baby-sitting the spoiled brattish daughter of local businessman, Forrest McMahon. Reed’s charge, Stephanie McMahon, spends her days shopping, socialising and spitting out smart remarks, and her nights partying and getting her chemical and physical kicks. Reed’s duty appears fairly routine, albeit frustrating, until he spots two shadowy figures on their tail and one of Stephanie’s friends is killed in what Reed is sure is not an accident. When he learns that another of her friends has died in tragic circumstances recently, Reed starts to suspect that Stephanie is also in danger from someone seeking to avenge the past.This was my first Renée Pawlish book, but I doubt it will be my last. Out of the Past and Reed Ferguson are both good fun, and the tale develops into a thrilling mystery. The characters are believable – if not all exactly likable – and the writing and dialogue are both sharp. My only criticism would be that the story itself is quite short; perhaps it’s because I’ve not read the earlier books, but I would have been happy with 50 or so more pages about Reed, his girlfriend and his friends and about the solution to the mystery and Reed’s search for, and unmasking of, the perpetrator. I did really enjoy the story and the revelation of whodunit and why. I’d definitely recommend this book, and I plan to start reading the series from the beginning. Reviewed by Julia for Reads' Favorite.

  • Philip
    2019-05-09 14:11

    Ok but I'm very disappointed. This book is not as good or fun a read as are earlier books in this series. The humour seemed to kind of disappear about half way through and then the book just sort of stopped with all sorts of loose ends left dangling. I am not a great lover of these already not very long books that have almost the last quarter taken up by synopsis of other books by this author and a lengthy preview of the next book in the series although maybe if I read that preview I might find out what happened in this book. However I will still read more in this series if I have already acquired them or can get them as freebies or real cheap.

  • Randy Grossman
    2019-05-12 14:04

    A short and quick read. It was interesting enough till the final quarter or so of the book. The main mystery and capturing the "bad guy" compelling, but the ending was a little confusing to me. I've read better books in this series, but I will prolly read more of them.

  • Sam Fink
    2019-04-26 16:45

    A light read for a plane trip home. I like the main character because he is a throw back to film noir -- his favorite film and perhaps mine as well. The plot was not thin and the characters were sufficiently developed. Not thrilling or especially gripping but not bad either.

  • Jeanne
    2019-05-14 14:07

    OkNot much depth of character. Plot was somewhat interesting but the bad guy came out of nowhere. I like things to build with clues and come to a logical ending.The second secretive so convoluted and led nowhere

  • Susan
    2019-05-09 15:51

    It is suggested that Reed Ferguson take on the case of bodyguard to trust fund female Stephanie McMahon. But he gets suspicious when he finds out about the 'accidental' deaths that have happened to her friends.

  • Zoe Jussel
    2019-04-29 19:43

    Not the best mystery I have read and not the worst. Too many character flaws to empathize.

  • Mary Beth
    2019-05-21 20:51

    Just okayThis does not have a very good ending. Some of the dialogue is so unbelievable. I will not read the sequel.

  • Bob
    2019-05-18 18:49

    This book is for fans of film noir and old time detective stories. The hero, Reed Ferguson is (what else?) a private detective who is hired by a rich old geezer to protect his (what else?) attractive, wise mouthed daughter from someone who seems to be out to kill off her and her college friends. There are gun fights, people getting knocked over the head, murders, plot twists and all the other things you'd expect from a book dedicated to the Noir tradition. I enjoyed the book, but it wasn't anything memorable. Just a good, easy, enjoyable read.

  • Gary Sedivy
    2019-05-18 12:59

    A light hearted amusing detective story. Reed, the detective, relates events as he experiences them to film noir movies. He has some goofy friends who are sort of dense, but the help him anyway. He is hired as a bodyguard for rich spoiled college age girl. But things are not as they seem - are they ever?

  • mickey bowman
    2019-05-11 17:45

    Great readI chose this book because I was bored and luckily it turned into a great read with a fascinating storyline. I must say I will be reading of these books

  • Subhransu Kumar
    2019-04-27 15:42

    Nice thrillerIt is over all a 4 star rated novel.. it's ending could be more clearer.. but it is quite nice.

  • Ann Patterson
    2019-05-08 13:00

    Out of the pastReed is summoned to protect a spoiled rich girl. He needs to figure out who wants to harm her and why. Fast moving story with a slight twist at the end.

  • Jason Schneeberger
    2019-04-30 19:46

    I was browsing through the free books available through the Kindle store when I stumbled upon this one. After reading back to back true crimes novels, I was ready for something a little more light hearted and this book worked out perfectly. This was a fun, fast paced neo-noir, mystery story that follows detective Reed Ferguson as he is hired to be the bodyguard to the daughter of a very wealthy man with shady connections and an even shadier past that is starting to catch up to him. Reed is an interesting character that is always aware of the serious danger he is getting himself into with this case, but never lets it get the best of him. Being a big fan of Noir films, I loved how Reed is also big fan of Noir films and oftentimes sites or quotes from them throughout this book. When I got this,I didn't realize that it is part of an ongoing series. I soon found out that this is book 5 in the series but they are stand alone stories, so it was no problem starting with this one. I was able to track down the first book for free as well and I definitely plan on reading it soon. If you like a good mystery, with a witty lead character, humor splashed in at times with satisfying twists and a good ending, then definitely check this one out.

  • Lbousson
    2019-05-23 18:51

    Well. I guess this is book #5 in the Reed Ferguson Mysteries. I didn't know that when I downloaded this book, so I was messed up for most for a bit of it. Sometimes books can be read out of order, but this one didn't feel like that. Maybe I was just tired on the day thatI read it.However, I think this is a series that you might need to read in order. But it does have a different feel to it because it feels like it was written in classic film-noir mode. I'm not sure I really liked that. I couldn't tell if it was done tongue-in-cheek, or if it was done on purpose.But written so, it threw me off because I wash;t completely sure if this was a contemporary piece or if it was suppose be set in the 1940's. Anyway, it was OK. It had a classic plot, and classic characters. I think if you like film-noir and you enjoy classic mysteries, you might like this one. It didn't do much for me though. Best thing about it was that I finished it in two night reading (probably could have gotten it in one, but it was harder to read since I didn't like the style of writing.)I won't be attempting to read anymore of this series.Two stars.

  • Ben
    2019-04-25 13:00

    review is from: Out of the Past: A Reed Ferguson Mystery (The Reed Ferguson Mystery Series Book 5) (Kindle Edition)OUT OF THE PAST is a pleasant, entertaining mystery. Can a mystery be called pleasant? Pleasant because there are no obscenities, explicit sex or gratuitous gory bloodletting, which can be a relief even to hard-core noir mystery thriller readers such as I.The PI hero , who admires those great film noir mocvie heroes of the old days, and aspires to be one himself, is hired by a millionaire to bodyguard his daughter. She is an obnoxious, party, trust- fund, fun girl.somebody is trying to harm - or kill- her. Why is what Reed will try to find out.Set in wintertime Denver, the plot unfolds quickly and convincingly. The cast of characters are varied from dangerous to bratty, but all interesting. These books and the usual cast of characters grew on me, with Reed developing as a pretty good PI. Recommended as a relaxing evening's reading for fans of a good mystery.

  • John Manhold
    2019-05-08 14:00

    Out of the Past, Lama Press, e-book by Renέe Pawlish is a Reed Ferguson Mystery where the PI is hired to protect Stephanie, the spoiled daughter of a wealthy financier. Not his usual type of employment, he accepts the job because the father hints of knowledge of Reed’s participation in a long ago questionable activity that he believed had been sufficiently covered and forgotten. The assignment becomes increasingly dangerous as someone makes an attempt on Stephanie’s life, killing her ‘best friend’ instead. Further complications evolve as other acquaintances surface and their earlier relationships and activities are revealed and seem to have a bearing. Additional matters factor in when we discover more about the father’s activities and the source of his knowledge of Reed’s earlier activity. A number of interesting characters provide supporting roles and the story moves easily to a satisfactory climax.Conclusion: A light bit of ‘down-time’ reading.

  • Roger
    2019-05-06 15:49

    Renée Pawlish just keeps getting better & better in the mystery genre. Pawlish's continuing development of her lead character, Reed Ferguson makes for an entertaining read as she feeds us movie trivia that both entertains & educates, all while being interwoven in the story. This time Reed takes on a job as a bodyguard that, of course, comes with a mystery to solve. Pawlish's mystery plots continue to evolve, getting better & better with each book she writes,all the while continuing to develop Reed's love life.The Reed Ferguson mystery series: • Book 1: This Doesn't Happen In The Movies• Book 2: Reel Estate Rip-off • Book 3: The Maltese Felon • Book 4: Farewell, My Deuce • Book 5: Out Of The Past • Book 6: Torch Scene • Book 7: The Lady Who Sang High • Book 8: Sweet Smell Of Sucrets • Book 9: The Third Fan• short story: Elvis And The Sports Card CheatComing Soon: Night of the Hunted!

  • Shannon
    2019-04-24 12:50

    This book was a little different than the other Reed Ferguson books. He takes on the task of being a bodyguard for a very spoiled twenty something, Stephanie. He wouldn't normally take on something like this but he is forced to by mistake from his past that Stephanie's father somehow knows about. Someone is trying to kill Stephanie and as the danger mounts Reed is determined to find out what is happening. He also wants to find out how someone else knows about his mistake he thought was hurried deep in the past. His friends are there to help him solve the mystery.This is a great stand alone novel but if you want to learn more about Reed and friends, I would suggest you read the series in order. There is great character development throughout the series.I will be reading the next in the series.

  • Frances Livingston
    2019-05-14 12:43

    "Out of the Past," A Reed Ferguson Mystery, A ReviewAs I have read a couple of works by this author in this series, I find that I am liking them more and more. I have always liked the detective film noir references as those are some of my favorite movies too. The author does not pull off the tone of the hard boiled detective like her hero Raymond Chandler. But the detective that she brings to us is determined to succeed and he truly loves what he does. He takes us on that ride with him as he follows his gut and gets into tight spots. I find myself cheering him on. The plots are well developed and as are the characters. I gave this read 5 stars. I will continue to read this series and author.

  • Jim Calhoun
    2019-05-20 15:06

    Hard-Boiled GeekAs a nerd who loves film noir myself, I can relate to Reed Ferguson. He tries hard to emulate his hero, Humphrey Bogart but can't quite pull it off. He's tough enough, don't get me wrong, but he just isn't hard-hearted enough. And we love him for it. He is more like the main character in "The Black Bird", a loving tribute to "The Maltese Falcon".If you, like me, have read everything written by Dashiell Hammet and Raymond Chandler and have seen every film starring Bogie, then this is the series for you.

  • Ingrid
    2019-05-15 17:58

    This is the second Renee Pawlish book I've read (and consequently the second Reed Ferguson mystery...I know, I'm reading them a little out of order) and I have to say that I enjoy them immensely. There are a few editing issues that I've noticed - which typically would drive me nuts - but the quality of entertainment supersedes that flaw. They are an easy and fun read. I find them to be light hearted in spite of the film noir influence. I look forward to reading the rest of the Reed Ferguson mysteries and would highly recommend them to anyone.

  • Wanda Hillis
    2019-05-13 13:53

    Bogart livesThe plot thickens as young adults that that attended college together turn up dead. Secret clubs with the children and the adults are involved. Good read.

  • Jim
    2019-05-23 20:50

    Excellent read!This is the first book I have read by this author. I have to say I enjoyed it very much. Not so much for the story, though it is an excellent one. But rather for the way the story is written. The sentences seem to flow together well, letting the scene form easily in my imagination, rather than be, stiff and chopped feeling. If you are looking for an enjoyable mystery, look no further!

  • Bill
    2019-05-07 19:45

    Coerced into being a body guard for a spoiled rich girl who just wants to party and get high, Reed Ferguson enlists the aid of his computer geek buddy to peel off the layers of mystery surrounding the men stalking the girl. But there is more than Reed figured going on here and the surprises don't end till the final pages.This is another in an outstanding series that is the perfect blend of suspense, action, humor and a little romance - not to be missed!

  • Randy
    2019-05-19 17:52

    An interesting P.I. mystery with multiple plots and two secret societies. A spoiled young lady is protected by Reed Ferguson, who is forced to take the job because of a problem in his past. Some of the usual characters from other Pawlish books are in this one, and there is added humor as Reed counts on them to protect Stephanie.I liked the way the book was written and found it hard to put down until finished.

  • LeAnne
    2019-05-16 13:08

    Book #5. I liked this one the best so far. In this one, we learn a little about Reed's past ...he has something to hide. And when an unscrupulous man hires him to be his spoiled daughter's bodyguard, Reed finds himself having to take the job because this man somehow found out Reed's secret. Who talked? So while keeping the daughter out of trouble, he is also investigating the father's background. It turns out that the father has a few things to hide, too. A fast paced story.

  • Marti
    2019-05-17 21:02

    This was a less than 200 page mystery story, so the reader doesn't get bored or put off by the wordiness. Our hero, Reed Ferguson, in his fifth appearance is tasked with babysitting the 20 something daughter of a wealthy man. Not as easy as he thought--as people stalk and try to kill them. Both Stephanie and her father don't want to tell him much, but eventually he finds out who is pulling the strings, but not before Stepanie is injured by the bad guys.

  • Nini
    2019-05-06 12:52

    After reading the first of the Reed Ferguson series and finding it enjoyable I decided to try this book. I found this book to be even more fun than the first the recurring characters like the Goofball Brothers and Willie help to flesh out Reeds character and we learn about a secret from his somewhat murky past. I will definitely be reading more of this series in the future, and its even started me watching some of the old film noir .