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Ask the Right Question, The Albert Samson Mysteries

“A smoothly written privateeye story” and Edgar Award Finalist: Indianapolis PI Albert Samson stirs up a wealthy family’s secrets (The New York Times).

It’s a slow afternoon for Indianapolis private detective Albert Samson. He’s just awoken from an office doze when a new client walks in. Sixteen-year-old Eloise Crystal recently discovered that her blood type doesn’t match either of her parents’, and she wants Samson to find her biological father.

Skeptical, but one hundred dollars richer, Samson begins some preliminary digging into the past of one of the most respected family names in Indiana. What he unearths is the kind of dirt that makes people do desperate things—and it thrusts him into a shifting world of lies, old money, and murderous secrets.

A beloved series by a Shamus Award–winning author, Ask the Right Question introduces the smart-mouthed midwestern detective “who’s always good, wry company” (Kirkus Reviews).

Ask the Right Question is the 1st book in the Albert Samson Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Michael Z. Lewin

Michael Z. Lewin is the award-winning author of many mystery novels, short stories, and radio plays. He is best known for two series set in and around his hometown of Indianapolis. Albert Samson is a wry, low-key private eye who neither beats people up nor owns a gun. Leroy Powder is an irascible Indy police lieutenant who repeatedly “helps” his colleagues to become better cops. Both character also appear in Lewin’s short stories. The main characters from the two series and other Indianapolis titles often appear in lesser roles in other books.

Since 1971, Lewin has lived in England, currently in Bath, where his city center flat overlooks the nearby hills. It also overlooks the front doors of the Lunghi family detective agency, a newer series of novels and stories set in the historic city. Visit him online at for more information.

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