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Damnation Street: A Weiss and Bishop Mysteryby Andrew Klavan
"The word sleazy shows up several times in Andrew Klavan's Damnation Street, and it certainly has the right address....Klavan's confidently wry style keeps things punched up throughout, not least in his fight sequences, which are deliberately as ludicrous as they are violent....If having this much fun with a tale of assassination and romantic melancholy is wrong, who wants to be right?" Jon Zobenica, The Atlantic Monthly (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)
Synopses & Reviews
They are two sworn enemies with a single obsession: a woman on the run from them both.
Scott Weiss is a private detective. John Foy is a professional killer. The woman is Julie Wyant, a hooker with the face of an angel.
Julie spent one night with Foy — a night of psychopathic cruelty that Foy called love. Desperate to get away from him, she vanished without a trace. And Foy wants her back.
There's only one man who can find her: Weiss, the best locate operative in the business. She's begged him not to look for her, fearing he'll bring the killer in his wake. But Weiss can't stay away.
Now, from a town called Paradise, through a wilderness that feels like hell, Weiss searches for Julie — and the killer follows, waiting for his chance.
They are two expert hunters matching move for move — until it ends on Damnation Street.
"Two-time Edgar winner Klavan again puts his own quirky spin on classic noir in his slam-bang third contemporary crime thriller to feature PIs Scott Weiss and Jim Bishop (after 2004's Shotgun Alley). Paunchy, moralistic Weiss, head of the Weiss Detective Agency in San Francisco, is still searching for bewitching prostitute Julie Wyant (aka Julie Angel), who's threatened by a relentless murderer the press has dubbed 'the Shadowman.' Weiss's nihilistic operative, Bishop, ignores all caution to help his boss. The terse, third-person narration occasionally switches to first person as Klavan, who claims to have worked for Weiss, inserts himself in the story, which he describes as a fictionalized memoir. While this authorial intrusion may interrupt the main action, it leads to some hilarious consequences. After drawing the reader in with a gripping plot and engrossing characters, Klavan produces a jolt at the end when he slyly reveals that... it's all fiction! 3-city author tour. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Klavan's got talent to burn....Damnation Street has it all: great characters, inventive plotting...all fused into a relentless tale of suspense that will have readers in agony to know how the final shot is fired." Booklist (Starred Review)
"Klavan's tenth is a violent, sentimental comic book without the drawings." Kirkus Reviews
PRAISE FOR SHOTGUN ALLEY
"Andrew Klavan is doing something that is rarely done . . . a unique angle on the private-eye novel. I liked Dynamite Road. I liked Shotgun Alley even better."—Michael Connelly
"Shotgun Alley is smart, tough, and fun. The writing is robust and spot-on, and the story is a collision of powerful characters you just cant take your eyes off. Splendid entertainment."—T. Jefferson Parker
"Klavan takes hold of the darkest side of dark, mounts it on a Harley, then revs it up and sends it straight to hell."—Allan Folsom
PRAISE FOR DYNAMITE ROAD
"A dynamite read about small-town corruption, drug running, and a genuinely terrifying serial killer."— San Diego Union Tribune
"Klavan winds his tale tighter and tighter until the reader is hopelessly spellbound. Superb suspense by a master storyteller."—Clive Cussler
"A fast-paced, entertaining thrill-ride of a book. Klavan does tough-guy heroes and sexual tension better than anyone writing today."—Janet Evanovich
An Otto Penzler Book
John Shannon is a petty thief on the run. A three-time loser framed for murder, he knows that hes facing life in prisonor death by lethal injection. Then, a bizarre text message draws him to a meeting in the dark of night. A foreigner who calls himself the Identity Man offers Shannon an incredible chance to start again: a new face, a new home, a new beginning.
In a ruined city trying to rebuild, he gets work as a carpenter, and falls in love. It seems too good to be trueand it is. It turns out this city is crawling with crooked politicians, gangsters, and dirty copsall of whom seem to want Shannon dead.
Moving through the burnt-out shambles of a town, hes got to ferret out the secret of his new lifeand fastif he wants to be left with any life at all.
About the Author
Andrew Klavan is the author of such bestselling novels as True Crime, adapted into a film by Clint Eastwood, and Don't Say a Word, adapted into a film starring Michael Douglas. His novels have been nominated for the Edgar Award four times and have won twice. He lives in Southern California.
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