By Joe Gores
'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.
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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14 Feb 2015
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The Murder Room