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Damnation Street


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Andrew Klavan won two Edgar Awards and stormed the bestseller lists with Don't Say a Word and True Crime, both of which were filmed, the first with Michael Douglas and the second with Clint Eastwood. He is the author of eight other books and lives in California.


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.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

'A boss crime novel... as hard boiled as the contents of an egg salad sandwich.' Mark Timlin, Independent on Sunday 'Klavan winds his tale tighter and tighter until the reader is hopelessly spellbound. Superb suspense by a master storyteller.' Clive Cussler 'Klavan knows every twist, turn and pot hole in the road to hell. And all the travellers you will meet along the way.' Stephen Coonts 'Klavan has long been one of the toughest and most uncompromising of American crime writers... This book is ... handled with the same assurance that we expect. Good Book Guide

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