Page Murdock doesn’t know why someone sent hired killers after him, but he knows where they’re coming from.
With an unwilling backup man, Murdock takes up temporary residence among the whores, gamblers, dope addicts, and cutthroats of the continent’s foulest district—San Francisco’s Barbary Coast. No man here is trustworthy. The enemies he’s really worried about, though, are the men who run things, the politicians.
Murdock’s quest takes him into Chinatown, into opium dens, and into league with a man of an alien culture who controls vices that make respectable people quail.
Loren D. Estleman’s latest tale of Page Murdock delivers excitement and satisfaction as only Estleman can.
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“What we have here is a true professional, a writer of a sort increasingly rare . . . telling stories of America’s open spaces and choked cities and of people forever in between, a craftsman so given to his work as to spontaneously combust to genius.”—The Boston Globe on Loren D. Estleman
Loren D. Estleman was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a BA degree in English Literature and Journalism in 1974. In 2002, the university awarded him an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters for his contribution to American literature. He is the author of more than fifty novels in the categories of mystery, historical western, and mainstream, and has received five Western Writers of American Golden Spur Awards, three Western Heritage Awards, and three Shamus Awards. He has been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Britain's Silver Dagger, the National Book Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. In 2003, the mammoth Encyclopedia of Detective Fiction named him the most critically acclaimed writer of U.S. detective
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