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Damnation Street (Weiss and Bishop Novels) Paperback – Bargain Price, September 10, 2007

4.2 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Weiss & Bishop Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Weiss and Bishop Novels
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (September 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156032627
  • ASIN: B001P3OL9M
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,578,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lynn Harnett on September 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Klavan pushes the envelope of hard-boiled noir with this third non-stop but not quite over-the-top Weiss and Bishop tale, again narrated by the callow youth, Andrew Klavan.

Scott Weiss is a big man with a basset hound face, an ex-cop turned PI with a soft spot for prostitutes. Jim Bishop, an adrenaline junkie and definite bad-boy-lost, was one of Weiss' operatives until he betrayed his trust ("Shotgun Alley"). Andrew Klavan is the Jimmy Olsen of the operation, an earnest young man who has met his soul mate but been diverted by lust.

Weiss has taken up the trail of Julie Wyant ("Dynamite Road"), a prostitute "with the face of an angel" who spent one night with the sadistic "Shadowman" and has been on the run from him ever since. As evil and clever and crazed as psycho "specialist" killers come, the Shadowman is using Weiss to find Julie - as Weiss is using Julie to find him. When Bishop comes cross a crucial piece of information about the elusive killer he joins the hunt, bent on saving Weiss from certain death.

And Klavan is left to hold down the fort. Under the direction of Sissy, the lonely, lovely, older woman who has distracted him from his true love, Emma. And he gets his first client. A Pulitzer Prize winning author who wants his daughter Emma followed - yes, that Emma.

Klavan gleefully uses every cliché in the genre, punching the story to the edge of parody. And it works. The relentless story moves so adroitly that every skillful twist seems as plausible as it is clever - the ratio of lighted motel lights to cars in the lot, for instance, alerting Weiss to the killer's presence, and the killer's use of disguise and misdirection to slip away once again.
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Format: Hardcover
Narrated by a writer who has decided to give up writing "bad smart novels" to work for private investigator Scott Weiss, this action-packed novel has "movie" written all over it. Weiss, formerly with the San Francisco Police Department, has been looking for Julie Wyant, a young prostitute with a mysterious past. A psychopathic killer-for-hire, John Foy, known as Shadowman, is trailing Weiss, hoping to find Wyant--the woman he wants for his own.

Jim Bishop, a violent and street-smart former employee of Weiss, is at a crossroads in his life. Having stolen money from Weiss, he is now charged with being an accessory to murder, thanks to his "girlfriend," who has killed four people. Bishop feels some loyalty toward Weiss, though he lacks the discipline to work in the "civilized world," but he becomes involved when he fears Weiss's life is in danger. The writer-narrator, a thirty-something klutz who has been having an affair with Sissy, a secretary in Weiss's office, is really in love with Emma McNair, daughter of a college professor. As these three plot threads interweave, the action is fast, furious, and often bloody.

Entirely plot-driven, the novel strives for sensation, relying on improbabilities, coincidences ("If this were fiction, you'd complain about the coincidences" says the narrator), horrors which may be dream sequences, characters who may be "undead," and every plot device of the early noir novels--hidden cameras, trap doors, and secret rooms. Because Weiss is described as able to "get inside people's thinking," he doesn't need to analyze events carefully or engage in brainstorming before taking action against the most threatening of villains.
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Format: Paperback
Klavan ties up most of the loose ends of his Weiss/Bishop series (following "Dynamite Road" and "Shotgun Alley") in this hard boiled noir, "Damnation Street." Scott Weiss, ex-cop and head of his own PI office in San Francisco, is still tracking the elusive Julie Wyant, a prostitute that he may or may not be in love with...even though they have never met (don't ask).

The man who calls himself John Foy, dubbed "the Shadowman" by the media, is also still tracking Julie for his own perverted purposes which include his belief that he also is in love with her based on a one night encounter. Both these protagonists are obsessed with Julie, or what Julie represents to them. Scott has come to realize the only solution to this on-going cat and mouse game is for him to find Julie knowing "The Shadowman" will follow him setting up a final, ultimate confrontation. Foy also realizes the unhealthy symbiotic relationship that has developed between he and Weiss and also agrees to an inevitable confrontation with the three of them...of course, with a different predicted outcome than Weiss's.

Scott's former employee, the nihilistic, violence prone Jim Bishop, is still trying to find himself when he stumbles upon information that Weiss is in deadly peril from "The Shadowman" due to a secret strategy guaranteeing Scott's death. Bishop's respect for Weiss impels him to enter the chase and save Scott thereby redeeming his own self respect and meaning in life. Now we have four main characters all moving across the chessboard with similar plans yet vastly different motives.

Klavan's pacing is non-stop, full-speed-ahead action leaving little time to stop and catch your breath. It is one of those books that if you like these characters, you will find most difficult to put down.
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