Serial defender: Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

Shanks on Crime by Robert Lopresti

Shanks on Crime by Robert Lopresti

Reticent sleuth, Leopold Longshanks, is the creation of Washington State’s author Robert Lopresti. Mysteries have a way of finding Shanks, and he has a way of solving them. Here’s the opening from “Shanks on Misdirection” that originally appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine (Jul/Aug 2009) and reappeared in the Shanks On Crime anthology:

“Just look at him,” muttered Leopold Longshanks. “I can’t believe he had the gall to show up.”

Shanks is approaching a dozen appearances in AHMM, outdistancing Lopresti’s other series characters Marty Crow and Uncle Victor. His recent novel, Greenfellas was published by Oak Tree Press in 2015.