Philip Marlowe? No. Successful? Yes

Houston private detective Edmund J. Pankau is a blur as he sweeps into his fifth-floor headquarters. Passing rows of investigators transfixed before computer screens, he stops briefly to consult an associate about a case. Inside his office, adorned with wild turkey and deer trophies, he takes his morning phone calls, updating clients and easing fears. But he refuses one, from a man he suspects of bank fraud. The man wants Pankau's ear, apparently hoping to get the detective off his trail, but Pankau won't bite. Laughing and wild-eyed, he bellows: "Tell him I'm in a meeting. I'm going to put him in jail."

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