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Beyond the whodunnit...
While I like whodunnit's for their own sake (I'm a big Sherlock Holmes and Poirot fan), the mystery genre can be used very effectively as a vehicle for social commentary, too...my list includes only titles that take the genre beyond the whodunnit and say something about who we are...   Print this list Print this list
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Cover Art: City of strangers : a Jack Liffey mystery /
City of strangers : a Jack Liffey mystery
Shannon, John, 1943-
Adult Fiction SHANNON
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Cover Art: Streets on fire : a Jack Liffey mystery /
Streets on fire : a Jack Liffey mystery
Shannon, John, 1943-
Author John Shannon expresses strong, thoughtful views on race throughout all his Jack Liffey mysteries. While I often don't agree with his perspective, I always find it worth serious consideration. And the mysteries themselves...strong characters, unbeatable settings, strong (although sometimes unevenly paced) plotting...Shannon is worthy of the critic's comment naming him the heir to Chandler's title. Be sure to check out www.JackLiffey.com for all kinds of extra goodies about Jack Liffey and LA. And don't miss the John Shannon interview here: http://www.januarymagazine.com/profiles/jshannon.html
Adult Fiction SHANNON
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Cover Art: Terminal Island : a Jack Liffey mystery /
Terminal Island : a Jack Liffey mystery
Shannon, John, 1943-
Shannon grew up in San Pedro, CA -- the primary setting for this story (Terminal Island is a small, man-made island in the port of Los Angeles connected to San Pedro by the Vincent Thomas Bridge pictured on the front cover). I met Shannon at the San Pedro library shortly before this novel came out, and lived in San Pedro myself for a number of years.
Adult Fiction SHANNON
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Cover Art: The orange curtain : a Jack Liffey mystery /
The orange curtain : a Jack Liffey mystery
Shannon, John, 1943-
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