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Dynamite Roadby Andrew Klavan
Synopses & Reviews
Jim Bishop is a hard man, as cold as the wind off the water and tough to the point of brutality. Scott Weiss is Bishop's boss, a world-weary ex-cop who runs a private detective agency out of a concrete tower in the heart of San Francisco. In this powerfully original series debut by award-winning and bestselling author Andrew Klavan, Weiss sends Bishop to investigate corruption at a Northern California airport-and so sets events in motion that will lead both men on a desperate hunt for a master assassin.
Bishop's assignment is to investigate the airport and report back to Weiss. But Bishop prefers to make up the rules as he goes along. He's willing to beat any man into the ground and draw any woman into his bed in order to get the answers he's after. A pilot himself, he takes to the air to check out the illegal flights of a thug names Chris Wannamaker. Then he coolly seduces Wannamaker's lonely wife in order to find out more.
Back in the city, as Weiss struggles to rein Bishop in, he begins a connected investigation of his own. A death in a mansion in Presidio Heights, a seemingly random murder South of Market, an apparent suicide off the Golden Gate Bridge, all seem to bear the mark of Weiss' old nemesis, an expert gun-for-hire who goes by the name of the Shadowman. It's a trail of blood, and each step of it seems to bring Weiss closer to Julie Wyant, a mysterious beauty who captures the imagination of every man she meets.
Soon Bishop has found his way into the center of a massive criminal conspiracy, a plan set to climax with an act of audacious violence and a murder that would be impossible for any killer but one. And with his operative's wife in danger, Weiss begins a race against time to outsmart the murderer who stalks his nightmares and to rescue the woman who haunts his dream.
If you like your tough guys really tough, your femme fatale and your action explosive-welcome to Dynamite Road.
"The author of True Crime and Don't Say a Word again pushes our buttons with unerring finesse....Klavan's riveting blend of mystery, wiseass attitude and old-fashioned moralizing makes for a wild ride." Publishers Weekly
"[F]lashy, exciting, and altogether original....Filled with characters straight out of a 1950s potboiler, this rip-roarin' story is tailor-made for hard-boiled fans with a soft spot for the pulp masters..." David Pitt, Booklist
"Klavan does tough-guy heroes and sexual tension better than anyone writing today." Janet Evanovich
From the bestselling author of True Crime and Don't Say a Word comes a novel of tough guys, femme fatales and explosive action. Scott Weiss, a weary ex-cop runs a private detective agency in San Francisco with his operative Jim Bishop. Bishop finds himself in the center of a massive criminal conspiracy while Weiss begins a race against time to outsmart a murderer who stalks his nightmares and rescue the woman who haunts his dreams.
Praise for Andrew Klavan's Man and Wife
"Andrew Klavan may be one of the best authors of psychological suspense writing today . . . The story is so richly textured with nuance and moral dilemma, it will have readers searching out his earlier works."
-Rocky Mountain News
A tour de force . . . Klavan unleashes mostly psychological suspense and he does it brilliantly."
-The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Edgar Award Winning Klavan's knack for writing page-turning psychological thrillers has never been more evident . . . Klavan expertly blends a mystical allegory into a fast-paced suspense novel. Superb genre bending from a writer who keeps getting better."
-Booklist (Starred Review)
"Klavan smoothly moves the reader through unexpected twists, all along building suspense and never tipping his hand."
-The Cleveland Plain Dealer
"The two Edgars Klavan owns testify to his excellence at thrillers. True Crime, Don't Say A Word, most recently Hunting Down Amanda-he has yet to write a disappointing novel. His newest too, will please his fans . . . a major talent."
"Mr. Klavan's good writing and his combination of tenderness and good suspense make Man and Wife an exceptional example of its genre."
About the Author
Hailed by Stephen King as "the most original novelist of crime and suspense since Cornell Woolrich," Andrew Klavan is the author of such bestsellers as True Crime (filmed by Clint Eastwood) and Don't Say a Word (filmed starring Michael Douglas). A master at exploring the small secrets of the human heart through big stories of action and suspense, Klavan now brings that mastery to his first series ever, a modern reinvention of hard-boiled detective fiction.
Born in New York City, Andrew Klavan was a radio and newspaper journalist before turning to fiction full-time. After living in London for many years, he has now settled in Santa Barbara, California with his wife, Ellen, his daughter, Faith, and his son, Spencer.
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