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"A twist-filled adventure…The characters in this engaging work are full of surprises."
-- Wall Street Journal


Very Bad Men is the mystery of the summer—totally top-shelf…Simply great storytelling."
-- San Antonio Express-News


“Like Dolan’s notable debut, Bad Things Happen, this [is a] cleverly plotted, hard-boiled tale."
-- Minneapolis Star Tribune


“The rare crime novel with something for everyone who reads crime fiction.”
-- Kirkus (starred review)

About the Author

Harry Dolan is the bestselling author of Bad Things Happen.  He graduated from Colgate University, where he majored in philosophy and studied fiction-writing with the novelist Frederick Busch.  He grew up in Rome, New York, and now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his partner Linda Randolph.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780425247617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425247617
  • ASIN: 0425247619
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harry Dolan is the author of BAD THINGS HAPPEN (Putnam, 2009), VERY BAD MEN (Putnam, 2011), and THE LAST DEAD GIRL (Putnam, 2014). He graduated from Colgate University, where he majored in philosophy and studied fiction-writing with the novelist Frederick Busch. He grew up in Rome, New York, and now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Customer Reviews

I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Paula Saltzman
What distinguishes VERY BAD MEN from Dolan's first book BAD THINGS HAPPEN is that Dolan tells us right up front who the author of the manuscript is.
Miz Ellen
Also found it to be very slow moving with way too many completely unrealistic, and frankly sort of uninteresting, plot points.
Denise Crawford

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By E. Bukowsky HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 2, 2011
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David Loogan lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his girlfriend, Detective Elizabeth Waishkey and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Sarah. Loogan edits a mystery magazine, and he has made the mental leap from writing and critiquing stories about crime to tracking down villains in real life. In Harry Dolan's latest novel, "Very Bad Men," David tells us a story that will explain "the motives people have for killing one another." As we will see, the reasons for taking someone's life can vary from a matter of convenience to a thirst for revenge. Loogan, who is a witty first person narrator, gets embroiled in his latest adventure when someone drops an unsolicited manuscript at his office, in which the anonymous writer confesses to committing murder and even provides the name of his next victim.

An emotionally disturbed individual has targeted particular men whom he believes must die; if he has to dispatch others who are not on the list, so be it. When Elizabeth and David become familiar with the case, they discover that it is far more complex than it at first appears. "Very Bad Men" involves a seventeen-year-old bank robbery, corrupt public officials, an aspiring senatorial candidate, and an ambitious young newspaper reporter who stirs things up.

Harry Dolan has created a large cast of characters, each of whom plays a role in what will turn out to be a Greek tragedy, Michigan style. The author is good with details: how to kill someone who is locked up in prison; what it is like to live with excruciating migraine headaches; a fine description of the landscape and inhabitants of Michigan's Upper Peninsula; and the tricks that tenacious journalists use to get their stories.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 21, 2011
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Very Bad Men tells a very good story, an absorbing mystery with enough twists that you may need to take notes to keep track of the plot. Someone is trying to kill the participants in a bank robbery that occurred seventeen years earlier. We are well into the novel before the police discover the killer's identity, but this isn't a whodunit: the reader knows from the start that Anthony Lark is the culprit. What we don't know is why Lark is after the robbers. Investigating the mystery are David Loogan, the editor of a mystery magazine; his law enforcement girlfriend, Detective Elizabeth Waishkey; and Lucy Navarro, a persistent tabloid reporter. Rounding out the cast are the wheelchair-bound former sheriff who caught a bullet while foiling the bank robbery, his daughter Callie who is running for a Senate seat (and with whom Lark is more than a little obsessed), Lark's psychiatrist, and Callie's father-in-law, an affable senator whose behavior is a bit loopy.

The mystery's solution seems to be tied to the getaway driver who fled when the robbery went sour. His identity presents a second mystery for Loogan and the police to ponder. When Navarro disappears a little more than halfway into the story, yet another layer of intrigue is added: Was Navarro kidnapped, and if so, by whom?

Lark is the novel's best character. He suffers from an affliction that imbues written words with color and causes them to move around on a page. He can handle Hemmingway's terse prose but Joseph Heller's abundant adverbs "swarm like marching ants." While unexpected traits like this bring many of Harry Dolan's characters to life, Waishkey is a typical police detective, less interesting than the novel's other players.

Dolan uses crisp, undemanding prose to construct an effective plot.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bookphile TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 13, 2011
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When I read "Bad Things Happen", the first David Loogan book, I was immediately hooked. Dolan gives out tiny, crazy details about Loogan, which in effect leaves him a blank but gives the reader enough that they're dying to know what the back story is. The tradition continues in the second book and, the whole time I read, I found myself wondering if Loogan is a hero or an anti-hero.

This time around, Loogan is drawn into a seventeen-year-old mystery when a manuscript shows up outside the door of his office at Gray Streets. The manuscript is the confession of a murder, and Loogan immediately hands it over to his lover Elizabeth Waishkey of the Ann Arbor police. Of course, being Loogan, he can't resist digging into the mystery himself using his own methods--which aren't always in line with those of the police.

Dolan is good at exploring the darker side of human nature. Each of his characters seems to operate within a strict moral code, but that's not to say that each of his characters is good. Instead, I think this lends his characters a particular sort of authenticity. They are true to what they believe in--whatever it may be that they believe in. I think what draws the others to Loogan is that he accepts this knowledge about human nature and uses it as an effective means of interacting with others. This isn't to say that he's above this very human behavior. In fact, Loogan's own code blinds him, affecting his ability to see clearly what's happening before him.

I thought the mystery was well written, with a good many twists and turns. Just when you think you've got it figured out, Dolan springs another surprise on you. I also felt that the action in the book unfolds in unexpected ways.
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