Thanks to Cromag for this:
Here are nine tales of Henghis Hapthorn, foremost freelance discriminator of Old Earth in the planet's penultimate age. Included are the six stories that ran in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (and were previously collected in The Gist Hunter and Other Stories), leading up to the events that began the first Hapthorn novel, Majestrum, plus three more.
A "freelance discriminator" is similar to the "private investigator" of our time.
A few weeks ago I spent $2.99 on this anthology, and I was happy. The author's style is similar to Jack Vance's, but seems natural, not "forced." I found the connection to the Dying Earth universe a bit strained, but unnecessary -- they're good stories that stand on their own. I liked it well enough to leave a good review.
I was just going through my library at Smashwords and noticed that this ebook is now FREE. I don't know if this is a limited time promotion or a permanent reduction, but this is really worth a look. (BTW, last I checked it was 99 cents at Barnes & Noble.)
Also free at Amazon US
and Amazon UK
[Although published by the author, I'm including it in this thread because most of the short stories in it have been professionally published in F&SF. Paul.]