Joe Gores - 32 Cadillacs - Orion Publishing Group

32 Cadillacs

By Joe Gores

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­'Mr Gores writes some of the hardest, smoothest, most lucid prose in the field' New York Times Book Review

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.

Biographical Notes

Joe Gores is the acclaimed author of the Dan Kearney and Associates private investigator novels set in San Francisco. Based on his personal experiences - he worked for twelve years as a PI and sleuth - Gores' novels are characterised by a fierce authenticity, often passing over the glamorous side of detective work for the humdrum labour it actually involves. His crime writing reputation was sealed with the publication of the first DKA Files novel Dead Skip in 1972. Over the course of his career, Joe Gores won several accolades, including being one of only three writers to win Edgar Awards in three separate categories. He also won the Private Eye Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award, and was elected President of the Mystery Writers of America. Gores is frequently compared favourably to the other great San Francisco detective writer, Dashiell Hammett, and Gores himself cites Hammett as a major influence on his work (Gores' novel Spade & Archer is the official prequel to The Maltese Falcon). Gores' death in 2011 came fifty years to the day after that of Hammett's.

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  • ISBN: 9781471917530
  • Publication date: 14 Feb 2015
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Stakeout on Page Street

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Cases

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Glass Tiger

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Honolulu, Port of Call

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Speak of the Devil

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Dead Skip

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Final Notice

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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 ...

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Gone, No Forwarding

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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 ...

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Contract Null and Void

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Cons, Scams and Grifts

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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.

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A Time of Predators

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The gang was restless, just looking for idle fun. They roughed up a man they thought was gay - but their game got out of hand and their victim was blinded.It was Paula Halstead's bad luck to witness the attack and catch a glimpse of one of the boys. After they got through with her, she killed herself.Now her husband is out for revenge ...

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Come Morning

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After eight hard years in San Quentin prison, Runyan is out and ready to lead a quiet life - an honest life. But certain people have been planning for the day of his release - people who desperately want the two million dollars in diamonds Runyan was carrying just before he went to jail ... Like the insurance investigator who arranged his parole. A beautiful woman who wants him alive. The unknown killer who definitely wants him dead.Runyan goes to recover the diamonds from where he has stashed them, so he can buy his way out ... but the diamonds are gone. Now he must pull another robbery - something he swore never to repeat - and use the proceeds to stay alive.

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Wolf Time

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Hollis Fletcher has no idea why someone has tried to kill him. Fletcher is a professional hunter with years of tracking experience, and he's going to find the man who left him for dead in the frozen Minnesota woods, and take vengeance. Soon he discovers he is after big game: someone in the entourage of Fletcher's boyhood friend, Gary Westergard - candidate for the presidency - pulled the trigger, and his own daughter is a key figure in the campaign. Hollis Fletcher is a threat to someone, someone who has taken steps to remove the problem. In failing, they've only made it worse.The hunt has begun. Fletcher is skilled, patient and deadly - and his target never escapes ...

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Dead Man

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Once Eddie Dain had a life: a beautiful wife, a happy young son and a thriving business catching soft-core bad guys by computer. Then he hung onto an odd-looking case and made a mysterious enemy - one whose calling cards were two men with shotguns.Now Eddie is reborn - as a dead man. Known by the single name of Dain, he pumps his body and his psyche as he follows a trail of sweaty white-collar crime to the steamy Louisiana bayous. Here, in this torrid landscape, is a woman on the run who can lead him to what he wants more than anything: the man who took everything from him ...

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Menaced Assassin

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Hammett

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'Not since Hammett and Chandler has anyone written quite as well as Joe Gores' Ross ThomasFrom Chinatown's dark alleys to the fog-shrouded Golden Gate, crooked politicians ran San Francisco. To Hammet, retired Pinkerton detective and struggling writer, it was all just grist to his fictional mill. Until the night his pal walked into a baseball bat. Then Hammett hung up his typewriter, put on his gumshoes and went out into the brawling, swaggering city to find the brutal murderer.

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Born in County Antrim in 1974, A. P. McCoy rode his first winner in 1992. In 1996, he was crowned champion jockey for the first time, and he has held the title ever since. He received an OBE in 2010, a year after riding his 3,000th winner, and he was the first jockey to be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He lives with his wife, Chanelle, and children, Eve and Archie, in Berkshire. Follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/AP_McCoy

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