A former cop turned private eye is chucked headfirst into dangerous waters when another retired cop shows up needing a kidney in Jonathan Ames' violent, loopy detective novel A Man Named Doll.
Ames has an eclectic bibliography, but this one veers closer to his comedy-flavored private eye TV show Bored to Death.
There is plenty of action, and our protagonist is responsible for lots of (accidental) deaths, but the core of it is pretty dark humor. Doll gets colossally, somewhat accidentally, stoned during long passages of the novel in which he is in immense danger, which is quite funny.
Ames writes a solid detective novel with a lot of twists and turns and a likeable protagonist; it is apparently the first of a new series, and I am looking forward to the next.
I checked this out from the Morrisson-Reeves Public Library in Richmond, Indiana and read it very quickly.