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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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Glass Tiger

Joe Gores, Joe Gores
Authors:
Joe Gores, Joe Gores

Brendan Thorne, ex-army Ranger and master CIA sniper, has turned his back on violence. But while working as a game warden at a Kenya safari park, an FBI team appear from nowhere, kidnap him and fly him back to the US to meet the newly elected President.President Wallberg is being stalked by veteran Vietnam sniper and old schoolmate Hal Corwin. According to the government's computers, Thorne is the perfect match for Corwin in every way. Only Thorne can stop him before he gets to the President.Thorne pursues Corwin across America in a deadly game of cat and mouse, but as he closes in on his target, he learns that all is not as it seems, and that he can trust no one. Now he is caught in a web of deceit and ambition far larger than he ever suspected . . .

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Cases

Joe Gores
Authors:
Joe Gores

It's 1953, and Pierce Duncan leaves college an innocent. Seeking the freedom of the road, Dunc sets off to see America. His road trip brings strange, fateful encounters: with a savage Georgia chain gang; with a killer on a lonely Texas road; and with the darker side of the Las Vegas fight game. Finally, Dunc reaches San Francisco, a city seething with the unexpected.In the backstreets and along the freight lines, Dunc meets beautiful women, dangerous men . . . and murder. In California, home of the lost and the outcast, he joins up with the hard-nosed head of a private investigation agency, and his life changes for ever.A violence-marked love letter to a time in America now lost, Cases is as vivid as a lightning storm over a deserted highway, as unforgettable as a first kiss, as haunting as a dead woman's eyes.

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Speak of the Devil

Joe Gores
Authors:
Joe Gores

Joe Gores collects here fourteen stories spanning the five decades of his varied writing career. In the title story, two bright young scientists set out to prove there is no good-dispensing God by demonstrating that there is no evil-dispensing Satan - with unforeseen results. Sneaking onto an anti-terrorism course for law enforcement officers produced 'Watch For It', featuring an urban terrorist who is clever, manipulative and without pity. A childhood spent around the Mississippi marshes informs 'Quit Screaming', putting a Miami mobster into a midnight swamp where he buried a man he murdered.'Sleep the Big Sleep' sees a nerdy dreamer finally get his chance, inspired by a photo taken of the author for the cover of a crime magazine. And 'Goodbye, Pops', which won an Edgar Award, is based on a story written by the author while at college, on the death of his beloved grandfather.

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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 ...

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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.

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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.

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Wolf Time

Joe Gores
Authors:
Joe Gores

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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Menaced Assassin

Joe Gores
Authors:
Joe Gores

It began with the murder of a beautiful woman, the adulterous wife of a mild-mannered professor. Then a corrupt cop was gunned down in a phone booth.After that, the killer who called himself Raptor moved through a list of players, playboys and mobsters from Palm Springs to Minnesota. With each hit came a phone call to San Francisco organised crime investigator Dante Stagnoro, and a disguised, taunting voice daring Stagnoro to stop him. Raptor is a killer like no other Stagnoro has ever pursued.And the final truth of his death trip - a truth about man, nature and God - will not be revealed until the last victim is claimed.

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Red Harvest

Dashiell Hammett
Authors:
Dashiell Hammett

'An acknowledged literary landmark' Robert GravesThe Continental Op first heard Personville called Poisonville by Hickey Dewey. But since Dewey also called a shirt a shoit, he didn't think anything of it. Until he went there and his client, the only honest man in Poisonville, was murdered. Then the Op decided to stay to punish the guilty. And that meant taking on the entire town...

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The Glass Key

Dashiell Hammett
Authors:
Dashiell Hammett

Dashiell Hammett's strangest and most personal work.Ned Beaumont is a tall, thin, moustache-wearing, TB-ridden, drinking, gambling, hanger-on to the political boss of a corrupt Eastern city.Nevertheless, like every Hammett hero (and like Hammett himself), he has an unbreakable, if idiosyncratic, moral code. Ned's boss wants to better himself with a thoroughbred senator's daughter; but does he want it badly enough to commit murder? If he's innocent, who wants him in the frame? Beaumont must find out.

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The Dain Curse

Dashiell Hammett
Authors:
Dashiell Hammett
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The Maltese Falcon

Dashiell Hammett
Authors:
Dashiell Hammett
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Cut Thin to Win

Erle Stanley Gardner
Authors:
Erle Stanley Gardner

Clayton Dawson came to Lam & Cool as a last resort. He needed an under-cover agent to 'protect the family name'.Bertha Cool didn't want to take the case, but Donald Lam talked her into it when their client laid twelve one-hundred-dollar bulls on the table. What seemed a simple case of protecting an undisciplined daughter soon erupted into an explosion of trouble for Lam - trouble in the form of murder and blackmail.

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The Continental Op

Dashiell Hammett
Authors:
Dashiell Hammett

'An acknowledged literary landmark' Robert GravesDashiell Hammett is the true inventor of modern detective fiction and the creator of the private eye, the isolated hero in a world where treachery is the norm. The Continental Op was his great first contribution to the genre and these seven stories, which first appeared in the magazine Black Mask, are the best examples of Hammett's early writing, in which his formidable literary and moral imagination is already operating at full strength. The Continental Op is the dispassionate fat man working for the Continental Detective Agency, modelled on the Pinkerton Agency, whose only interest is in doing his job in a world of violence, passion, desperate action and great excitement.

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The Big Knockover

Dashiell Hammett
Authors:
Dashiell Hammett

'Dashiell Hammett is an original. He is a master of the detective novel, yes, but also one hell of a writer' BOSTON GLOBEDashiell Hammett's Continental Op was the prototype for generations of tough-guy detectives. Short, squat and as stubborn as a mule, the Op's only enthusiasm was doing his job. In the stories in THE BIG KNOCKOVER, the job means solving the bank heist to end all bank heists, taking on a gang of freebooters, cleaning up a vice-ridden hell in the desert and dealing with assorted colourful grifters like the Dis-and-Dat Kid, Alphabet Shorty McCoy and Bluepoint Vance.

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Hammett

Joe Gores
Authors:
Joe Gores

'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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Interface

Joe Gores
Authors:
Joe Gores

'Not since Hammett and Chandler has anyone written quite as well as Joe Gores. He will probably be regarded as one of the masters in years to come' Ross ThomasNeil Fargo is a San Francisco private investigator hired by the wealthy Maxwell Stayton to find his missing daughter. His search takes him into the very heart of the city's ugly underbelly. And Fargo makes the move into the drug business at just about the same time as Docker, a Vietnam veteran with close links to Fargo, is storming through San Francisco's criminal underworld on a murderous campaign of revenge.

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Spade & Archer

Joe Gores
Authors:
Joe Gores

The stunning prequel to Dashiell Hammett's crime classic THE MALTESE FALCON.When Sam Spade gets drawn into the Maltese Falcon case, we know what to expect: straight talk, hard questions, no favours, and no way for anyone to get underneath the protective shell he wears like a second skin. We know that his late partner, Miles Archer, was a son of a bitch; that Spade is sleeping with Archer's wife. What we don't know is how Spade became who he is. Now SPADE & ARCHER completes the picture.1921: Spade sets up his own agency in San Francisco and clients quickly start coming through the door. The next seven years will see him dealing with booze runners, water-front thugs, stowaways, banking swindlers, gold smugglers, bumbling cops, and the illegitimate daughter of Sun Yat-sen; with murder, other men's mistresses, and long-missing money. He'll bring in Archer as a partner, though it was Archer who stole his girl while he was fighting in World War I. He'll tangle with a villain who never loses his desire to make Spade pay big for ruining what should've been the perfect crime. And he'll fall in love - though it won't turn out for the best. It never does with dames...

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