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Douglas, Isle of Man : MP Pub Ltd, 2014.
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290 pages ; 23 cm.
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Jack Liffey's former mistress reappears to plead for the P.I.'s help finding her missing niece. The hunt leads Liffey to Monterey Park, where he dives into an undercurrent of racial tension that puts the peace of the small suburb in jeopardy. Meanwhile, a fire burns in the hills above Los Angeles, offering a sinister reminder that few events in life are coincidental. But Liffey's sudden troubles with racist gangs, teenage revolutionaries, and South African nutjobs are dwarfed by the threat his old mistress poses to his relationships with his new girlfriend and his recently reconciled lesbian daughter. What's a hard-boiled dick to do?
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9781849822442 (paperback)
1849822441 (paperback)
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837957177
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Jack Liffey investigates the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend's niece, a search that leads him to Monterey Park--a city with a large Chinese American population--when he learns the missing girl was a member of a radical antiracist group. - (Baker & Taylor)

The novel opens in the middle of an inferno in the mountains east of Los Angeles. Private Investigator Jack Liffey is contacted by his former mistress, Tien Joubert; her niece, Sabine Roh, is missing from her home in Monterey Park, and Tien wants to hire Jack Liffey to find her. He reluctantly agrees, though he is wary of the seductive Tien’s motives and the effect the job might have on his strained relationship with Gloria, a police officer suffering from the effects of a crippling attack. In the course of his investigation, Jack Liffey attends a fundraiser for the Tea Party that turns out to have been organized by a radical anti-immigrant gang.

Jack learns that Sabine had been part of a group of teenage revolutionaries fighting the racist gang. At the keg party, chaos erupts, causing Zook, the leader of the gang, to go into hiding in his cabin near the fire zone. After the party, L.A.F.D. arson investigator Walter Roski informs Jack that Sabine’s remains were found in the ashes of the wildfire. Jack questions Zook at his cabin, then travels to San Diego to question another suspect from the fundraiser: the border-guarding militiaman Hardi. Hardi reveals Sabine’s drug-smuggling activities but denies killing her. Jack helps a reporter who has been drugged and held captive by Hardi. At the same time, the gang’s muscle, Captain Beef, kidnaps one of Sabine’s fellow revolutionaries and brings her to Zook’s cabin. While the mystery unfolds, Jack Liffey’s daughter Maeve begins a relationship with a woman who is a member of a strange cult. Gloria’s efforts to repair her relationship with Jack are stymied when he renews his affair with Tien.

The book’s climax features a dirty cop working for the gang, as well as Roski, Zook, and Captain Beef and his hostage all converging on the cabin. Jack, who has suffered a heart attack, is missing. The cabin is swept up in a landslide caused by the fire. Roski interrogates Captain Beef, who confesses to Sabine’s murder and to starting the fire, before leaving him to die in the landslide. The book ends with Jack in the hospital reconciling with Gloria.

- (Midpoint Books)

A dead schoolgirl, a racist gang leader, adn an over sexed ex-girlfriend—another week in the life of P.I. Jack Liffey in this breakout novel from, John Shannon, LA's cult-favorite crime writer.Jack Liffey’s former mistress reappears to plead for the P.I.’s help finding her missing niece. The hunt leads Liffey to Monterey Park, where he dives into an undercurrent of racial tension that puts the peace of the small suburb in jeopardy. Meanwhile, a fire burns in the hills above Los Angeles, offering a sinister reminder that few events in life are coincidental. But Liffey’s sudden troubles with racist gangs, teenage revolutionaries, and South African nutjobs are dwarfed by the threat his old mistress poses to his relationships with his new girlfriend and his recently reconciled lesbian daughter. What’s a hard-boiled dick to do?

Exploding with wry wit, Chinese Beverly Hills is tense and thought-provoking, with the quirkiness that Shannon’s fans have come to expect. - (Midpoint Books)

Jack Liffey’s former mistress reappears to plead for the P.I.’s help finding her missing niece. The hunt leads Liffey to Monterey Park, where he dives into an undercurrent of racial tension that puts the peace of the small suburb in jeopardy. Meanwhile, a fire burns in the hills above Los Angeles, offering a sinister reminder that few events in life are coincidental. But Liffey’s sudden troubles with racist gangs, teenage revolutionaries, and South African nutjobs are dwarfed by the threat his old mistress poses to his relationships with his new girlfriend and his recently reconciled lesbian daughter. What’s a hard-boiled dick to do? Exploding with wry wit, Chinese Beverly Hills is tense and thought-provoking, with the quirkiness that Shannon’s fans have come to expect.
- (Perseus Publishing)

Author Biography

John Shannon is one of America’s leading writers of neo-noir. His Jack Liffey series of novels is one of the most critically praised mystery series in the genre and includes Terminal Island, Dangerous Games, The Dark Streets, The Devils of Bakersfield, and Palos Verdes Blue. Shannon lives in Los Angeles.
- (Perseus Publishing)

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In the fourteenth Jack Liffey mystery, an old flame asks Jack, the L.A. private eye, to find her missing niece. The trail leads Jack to Monterey Park, a nearby city sometimes known as "the Chinese Beverly Hills" due to its large Chinese American population. When Jack learns that the missing girl was a member of a radical antiracist group, he begins to suspect this is no ordinary runaway situation. A fire in the mountains near Los Angeles plays a key role in the story, as does Jack's personal life, which is being stressed by his relationships with his cop girlfriend, Gloria (who's recovering from some devastating physical injuries), and his daughter, Maeve (who may have become mixed up in something very dangerous). Jack continues to be one of the private-eye genre's more interesting specimens, a good man who's chosen a way of life that brings him constantly into contact with bad people. He's the kind of guy you'd have a hard time imagining as a PI, if Shannon didn't do such an excellent job of drawing the character. The series' consistent use of hot-button issues, such as racial tension and the disparity between the classes, doesn't quite elevate it out of the private-eye genre but certainly gives the books more substance than much of the competition. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

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