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Joe Gores - book author

Joe Gores (1931-2011) was the author of the acclaimed DKA series of street-level crime and detection, as well as the stunning suspense novels Dead Man and Menaced Assassin.

He served in the U.S. Army - writing biographies of generals at the Pentagon - was educated at the University of Notre Dame and Stanford, and spent twelve years as a San Francisco private investigator. The author of dozens of novels, screenplays, and television scripts, he won three Edgar Allan Poe Awards and Japan's Maltese Falcon Award.

Joe Gores is the author of books: Spade & Archer: The Prequel to Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon, Hammett, 32 Cadillacs (DKA File, #4), Dead Skip (DKA File, #1), Final Notice (DKA File, #2), Gone, No Forwarding (DKA File, #3), Glass Tiger, Cons, Scams & Grifts (DKA File, #6), Dead Man, A Time Of Predators

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When Sam Spade gets drawn into the Maltese Falcon case, we know what to expect: straight talk, hard questions, no favors, and no way for anyone to get underneath the protective shell he wears like a second skin. We know that his late partner, Miles Archer, was a son of a bitch; that Spade is sleeping with Archer’s wife, Iva; that his tomboyish secretary, Effie Perine, is the only innocent in his life. What we don’t know is how Spade became who he is. Spade & Archer completes the picture.

1921: Spade sets up his own agency in San Francisco and clients quickly start coming through the door. The next seven years will see him dealing with booze runners, waterfront thugs, stowaways, banking swindlers, gold smugglers, bumbling cops, and the illegitimate daughter of Sun Yat-sen; with murder, other men’s mistresses, and long-missing money. He’ll bring in Archer as a partner, though it was Archer who stole his girl while he was fighting in World War I. He’ll tangle with a villain who never loses his desire to make Spade pay big for ruining what should’ve been the perfect crime. And he’ll fall in love—though it won’t turn out for the best. It never does with dames . . .

Spade & Archer is a gritty, pitch-perfect, hard-boiled novel—the work of a master mystery writer—destined to become a classic in its own right.
Joe Gores worked the beat as a private eye and learned about crime and punishment up-close. Like Ed McBain, he goes beyond one-character detective fiction to feature a team of savvy sleuths. Here the Dan Kearny Associates target the baddest bunch of con artists and thieves this side of Romania: the Gypsies.
Dan Kearny Associates is a San Francisco private investigation firm employing some of the most memorable characters in mystery fiction. P.I. Bart Heslip, a former boxer, is in a coma after being brutally beaten. Now it's up to his coworkers at DKA to sift through his current cases to discover the culprit--before it's too late. Ties in with the Mysterious Press hardcover release of Gores' 32 Cadillacs, the next DKA novel. Previous publisher: Ballantine.
"First class private eye fiction" (Chicago Tribune) from the author of Dead Skip. Dan Kearny takes matters into his own hands, when an attempted Mafia blackmail, a dangerous power struggle, and two murders combine to create a case too tough for anyone else to handle. "Tight, tense, beautifully plotted".--New York Times. Ties in with the December release of 32 Cadillacs. Previous publisher: Ballantine.
With the state threatening to yank their license over a slight infraction, the investigators at DKA, eager for fast cash, must track down a prostitute on the run. Reprint.
In this fast-paced thriller, ex-Ranger Brendan Thorne is tapped by the FBI to stop a legendary Vietnam sniper from killing the recently elected president of the United States.
In San Francisco, Dan Kearny Associates raids a classic car dealership, while in Los Angeles, a Gypsy's dying words finger a Gypsy princess for his murder. In Hong Kong, a unique treasure has been stolen by gimlet-eyed L.A. oil tycoon Victor Hess -- making Willem Ban de Post, in Rome, plot across continents with his uncle, the King of the Gypsies, to get it back. The mayhem continues when the Gypsies hire DKA to find their framed damsel in distress before the cops do, and a German baron hires DKA to test the defenses at Hess' mountain fortress. But no one is exactly who or what they seem: everyone is conning, scamming, and grifting on all their twisted roads to Rome.
Once Eddie Dain had a life: a beautiful wife, a happy young son, and a thriving business catching soft-core bad guys by computer. Then he asked too many questions about a suspicious case and made a brutal enemy--one whose calling cards were men with shotguns. After two years of sadistic "therapy", Eddie is reborn as Dain, a killer with deadly skills.
Otto Penzler and the Mystery Writers of America Present A Time of Predators by Joe Gores, winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel

The gang was restless, just looking for idle fun. They roughed up a man they thought was a homosexual--but their game got out of hand and their victim was blinded.

It was Paula Halstead's bad luck to witness the attack and catch a glimpse of one of the boys. After they got through with her, she killed herself.

The police have no leads and can't find the culprits. Paula's husband hires a private investigator to do what the police haven't been able to-with no success.

Curt Halstead refuses to give up; he will have his vengeance on the men who raped and tortured his wife, even if it means entering into their world of sex, violence, and murder.