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The Chinese Beverly Hills: Jack Liffey Mystery No. 14 by [Shannon, John]
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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. --David Pitt


The most interesting new private detective to lift his fedora over the horizon since Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins!

(Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune)

John Shannon remains one of the lesser-known Los Angeles-based crime authors working today. What’s all the more frustrating is that he is also one of the very best. The Chinese Beverly Hills ably demonstrates why and stands as another noteworthy addition to this rewarding series.

(Alan Cranis -

Philip Marlow would have been proud of his contemporary heir.

(Michael Connelly)

Shannon is a fine writer. Make no mistake, this is the real L.A., real people, some of them the kind you cross the street to avoid, looking everywhere but at them. Take a walk with Jack Liffey, a brave and decent man. Take a look at Raymond Chandler’s mean streets at the millennium.

(Kent Anderson)

The landscape of Los Angeles, both actually and metaphorically, has been deconstructed by writers from West to Chandler to Didion, but never quite as artfully as John Shannon does it... A fine, interesting read.

(James Crumley)

For too long, Shannon has been an unsung hero of the modern crime novel.

Shannon has weitten an intelligent surprising book, found the heart of his working-class characters, and delvered a first-rate thriller in the bargain.

(George P. Pelecanos)

Witty, alert, energetic, talented way above the ordinary.

(New York Times Book Review)

Shannon matches the master, Raymond Chandler, in several key areas, notably location, characterization and dialogue.

(Dick Lochte, Los Angeles Times)

Jack's toughness and compassion along with his literate style, make this a strong entry in the private eye genre.

(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Readers who like gritty noir leavened by genuine heart and a healthy dollop of erudition will love Shannon's Jack Liffey mysteries. Shannon delivers a tour-de-force climax, the action believably, and beautifully, driven by each character's needs.

(Publisher's Weekly Starred Review)

Perhaps it's because his stories make readers examine their own attitudes and beliefs as much as the crimes on the page. But while this isn't simple escapism, Shannon has mastered the most essential element of the genre, giving us a guy we want to stand shoulder to shoulder with while we try to make sense out of a senseless universe.

(Booklist (starred review))

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  • File Size: 3571 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849822441
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 26, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00V98SVN0
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