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The Murder Room

32 Cadillacs

Joe Gores
Authors:
Joe Gores

A respectable citizen trips on a store escalator. On cue, Cadillacs start disappearing from lots all over San Francisco, as a team of scam artists use pure criminal genius to do one California bank out of $1.3 million of Detroit's finest.The bank hires Daniel Kearny Associates to get the cars back, and soon Kearny's team discover what they're up against: Gypsies. Dangerous charmers, they are one nation united in street crime. The escalator fall has mortally wounded their beloved King, and they're planning to attend his funeral Cadillac-style. And the action won't let up until both repo-men and Gypsies reach the dying Gypsy King - and the biggest scam of all.

The Murder Room

Cons, Scams and Grifts

Joe Gores
Authors:
Joe Gores

On a Hollywood studio lot, a dancing bear - a Gypsy in a fur suit - does a little sly pickpocketing. In San Francisco, Daniel Kearny Associates are waging a campaign to repossess twenty-seven classic cars from people who are creatively determined to keep them. And in a fortress in the Big Sur wilderness, a rich man vows to steal a collectors' item. Soon the bear, DKA and the millionaire entangle in a twisted plot of betrayal and murder.When the dancing bear is killed, the police start searching for his beautiful wife, Yana. But Yana is eluding everyone - DKA included - and working a grift of her own.Meanwhile a helicopter is headed for Big Sur, carrying the greatest scam of all.

The Murder Room

Contract Null and Void

Joe Gores
Authors:
Joe Gores

Their job is to bring back the goods bought but not paid for by San Francisco's deadbeats. But the repo men of Daniel Kearny Associates have their own problems. Boss man Dan Kearny has been bounced by his wife. Bart Heslip is wearing leather in the Tenderloin, and Ballard has finally met a woman who's his match.Just when things couldn't get tougher, four DKA cases come together - with a bang. Shotguns, politics and a multimillion-dollar brawl between two high-tech wizards open up bad blood on the streets, exposing a plot to punch DKA's ticket for good.

The Murder Room

Dead Skip

Joe Gores
Authors:
Joe Gores

Ballard has seventy-two hours to find out who attacked his partner, Bart Heslip, who's lying in the hospital in a coma. Now Ballard is racing around the frayed edges of Oakland and San Francisco tracing down deadbeats. A stripper, an embezzler and an ex-con all have repo'd cars in common. Do they also share a murder? The clock's ticking away like Bart's heartbeat, but Ballard is up against a dead skip, a blank wall.Then Ballard's boss, Dan Kearny, jumps into the hunt, loving every minute of it - and hurtling them both toward the barrel of a gun ...

The Murder Room

Final Notice

Joe Gores
Authors:
Joe Gores

The bank gives Chandra the dancer final notice; Daniel Kearny Associates take her red Caddy, then the trouble starts. In the car the DKA men find $500 in new bills. Suddenly the bank wants to give the Caddy back, and Dan Kearny smells a crime. Putting a tail on Chandra leads the DKA team to a mobster, a former porn star and the wrong side of a blackmail payoff.At the end of the trail waits an underworld shark with a deadly grin - the kind of man who plays murderous games, and plays to win ...

The Murder Room

Gone, No Forwarding

Joe Gores
Authors:
Joe Gores

The facts: an 'irregular' collection could cost Dan Kearny his shield. But the small, disputed sum soon reveals a web of deception, conspiracy and violence, and only an eyewitness can slice through the tightening snare.The task: save DKA - whatever it takes. Track down the seven possible witnesses. Follow every lead to the bitter end - be it to the heart of the mob, the Sacramento Statehouse, or all the way across the country ...

The Murder Room

Stakeout on Page Street

Joe Gores
Authors:
Joe Gores

In 1955, aged twenty-three and fresh from a Master's in English Literature, Joe Gores knew he wanted to be a writer. In the meantime, he had to pay the bills.He became a repo man for L. A. Walker, later going into partnership with Walker's San Francisco manager, Dave Kikkert. The inspiration for Gores's DKA Files series was born.Gores fictionalises his repo man days in these twelve 'cases'. Some of the stories were published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, and were written throughout a distinguished career. Gores won an Edgar Award in 1969 for A Time for Predators, and wrote TV scripts for Columbo, Kojak and Magnum, PI among others.

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