Friday, October 17, 2014
Dead Skip by Joe Gores
(pb; 1972: first novel in the DKA File series. Loosely linked crossover novel with Richard Stark's novel Plunder Squad.)
From the back cover:
"Ballard had 72 hours to find out who attacked his partner, Bart Heslip. Bart was no help. He was in the hospital, in a coma; his woman was doing a slow burn by his side. Now Ballard was racing around in the frayed edges of Oakland and San Francisco tracing down deadbeats. A lush stripper, an embezzler and an ex-con all had repo'd cars in common. Did they also share a murder? With the clock ticking away like Bart Heslip's heartbeat, Ballard was up against a dead skip, a blank wall. Then Ballard's boss, Dan Kearny, jumped into the hunt, loving every minute of it - and hurtling them both toward the pointed barrel of a gun."
Dead is a fun, fast-moving and P.I.-gritty novel that features the East Bay and San Francisco area, written with feels-like-you're-there detailed effectiveness. Good book for a lazy autumn afternoon read, worth owning. Followed by Final Notice.