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The orange curtain
John Shannon
Adult Fiction SHANNON

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Readers who like gritty noir leavened by genuine heart and a healthy dollop of erudition a 93-year-old Phillip Marlowe makes an appearance will love Shannon's fourth Jack Liffey mystery (after The Poison Sky). Shannon returns to a Los Angeles the Hollywood types don't even drive through. Jack Liffey, who hunts missing kids, lost his once comfy life in the aerospace bust. The job, wife and custody of his beloved daughter are gone. What he's got is a jealous girlfriend, a junker car, a disconcerting fear of death and a sentimental bent toward trying to protect the innocent. He crosses the "Orange curtain" between the random craziness of L.A. and Orange County's Little Saigon to search for Phuong Minh, a Vietnamese bookseller's daughter. The compassionate, intelligent sleuth is just beginning to pick his way through gang clashes, county politics and successful comes-ons by Phuong's mentor, lovely, aggressive businesswoman Tien Joubert, when Phuong's body is found in the hills. She was shot, apparently the victim of a serial killer. From the start, Shannon has given readers an uneasy idea of who that killer might be. Young Billy Gudger's story unfolds alongside Jack Liffey's and an obsessive, lonely, frightening story it is. When the parallel lines meet, Shannon delivers a tour-de-force climax, with the action believably, and beautifully, driven by each character's needs. There's nothing super-heroic about Jack Liffey, but he's an unusually decent and interesting guy. (Apr. 1) Forecast: Relatively unknown, Shannon could break out with this book, rights to which have already been sold to the U.K., Germany, France and Japan. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

LA's Jack Liffey tracks down missing children for a living, but, try as he may, he cannot find Minh Trac's college-aged daughter. Beautiful, extremely bright, and highly motivated, the young woman has vanished until she turns up dead, the latest victim of the "Sagebrush Killer." Liffey toils on, though, despite being mugged by a Vietnamese gang, detoured by a controversial regional airport development scheme, and initially evaded by the murderer in question. Wry humor and a brilliant collection of bizarre characters will endear this fourth novel in the Jack Liffey series to many. Highly recommended. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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