Monday, April 21, 2008

Two From Patrick

Domenic Stansberry. The Ancient Rain ($25 Signed)

"Stansberry's always been a favorite of mine and his new book, the third in his excellent series featuring jaded PI Dante Mancuso is his best yet. Mancuso's buddy Bill Owens has been charged with a thirty-year old killing from back in the day when Owens was involved with a lefty political activist group that pulled all sorts of mostly benign publicity stunts. A staged bank holdup went awry, however, and an innocent bystander was killed. Now, all these years later, Mancuso has to recreate the original investigation in an attempt to clear Owen's name. As always, Stansberry's descriptions of the culture and atmosphere of San Francisco are top notch. Also, if you've never read his very fine Edgar-nominated stand-alone, The Confession, don't miss it. It's one of the finest seedy psychologist novels I've ever read."

John Shannon. The Devils of Bakersfield ($25 Signed)

"Regular /Booknews/ readers have been listening to me sing the praises of John Shannon's beautifully written Jack Liffey series for nearly a decade, and I continue to insist that these books are modern classics of Los Angeles crime fiction. Finally, some of Shannon's early books are coming back into print, including the first Liffey, The Concrete River. Through ten books now, Shannon has taken his PI and single-father Liffey systematically through different cultural enclaves of LA. Now he turns his attention to Bakersfield, where Liffey and his pregnant eighteen year-old daughter Maeve have escaped for a weekend trip. The Liffeys walk into a political climate that borders on the hysterical. A long-established evangelical group has targeted teenage girls as potential satanists and it isn't long before Maeve is falsely arrested and thrown into the volatile brew."

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