Dangerous Games

Dangerous Games

John Shannon

John Shannon

Jack Liffey's new girlfriend, Gloria Martinez, a police sergeant of Paiute-Latino heritage, talks him into looking into the disappearance of her beautiful 18-year-old niece, Luisa, from a tiny reservation in the Owens Valley.To escape abuse, the girl had threatened to run away to L.A.'s porn industry, and in fact does become caught up in the phone sex business, then hostessing, and finally the trashy business of videotaping the homeless engaged in wildly dangerous stunts. Luisa is fought over by a motley band of lowlifes and would-be rescuers, including the Jamaican Trevor "Terror" Pennycooke, whom Jack knows from an earlier case. The hunt for Luisa comes together in the Malibu Hills, where a bumbling army of suitors and rescuers touch off a gun battle and dangerous firestorm that sweeps Jack and everyone else ahead of it down the Malibu Hills toward the ocean.
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The Cracked Earth

The Cracked Earth

John Shannon

John Shannon

Jack Liffey returns in the second book of the series by John Shannon.Her name is Lori Bright. You might remember seeing her in A Weekend in Palm Springs, lounging enticingly in the bathtub while an aging and flustered Cary Grant tries to find her a suitably revealing towel. Jack Liffey remembers, and even now he can't help but fall for her a little. The problem is she's paying him good money to locate her missing daughter — a case that's about to wrap Jack up in the seedy violence of the old City of Angels...
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The Chinese Beverly Hills

The Chinese Beverly Hills

John Shannon

John Shannon

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.
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City of Strangers

City of Strangers

John Shannon

John Shannon

In the sixth novel of this best-selling private-eye series, Jack Liffey probes the complex ethnic mix—Muslim, Jewish, Baha'i, Christian, and secular—of the Persian communities in Los Angeles.A gripping tale that confronts youthful idealism with perfervid fundamentalism, it lands bright, earnest Fariborz Bayat, who has gone missing from an elite L.A. high school with three other Persian-American boys, in a cell of Arab terrorists. Hired to find the boys, Liffey finds himself in a nightmare, unless he and Fariborz can thwart the cell's plot to set off a dirty bomb full of radioactive waste high over L.A.
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Streets on Fire

Streets on Fire

John Shannon

John Shannon

In the gripping fifth novel of what the Philadelphia Inquirer calls a "lean and literate" crime series, Jack Liffey—the rough-edged, compassionate private detective who garners even more enthusiastic reviews and fans with each new case—once again searches the volatile and dangerous ethnic communities buried in the urban sprawl of Los Angeles for another of the city's mysteriously lost.This time out, Liffey is looking for a prominent 1960s civil rights campaigner's adopted son, who has gone suspiciously missing in the wake of an unsettling run-in with a motorcycle gang at a local jazz club. The whole city is unsettled, in fact, by the choke-hold death of Abdullah-Ibrahim—a black Muslim and the Dodgers' new ace spitball pitcher—at the hands of the L.A. police. In the course of his investigation, Liffey runs afoul of skinheads, white supremacists, and black separatists. He also confronts his own latent racism before the city erupts into the full-fledged...
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A Little Too Much

A Little Too Much

John Shannon

John Shannon

Private Investigator Jack Liffey is hired to find a popular African-American actor, Ty Bird, who has disappeared from the set of his new movie.Meanwhile, Jack's home life is falling apart – his daughter, Maeve, has moved out, and his partner, Gloria, is spending less time at home. However, as Jack's search for Bird takes him to some of LA's stranger suburbs, he finds out that someone is coming to seek revenge...
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Terminal Island

Terminal Island

John Shannon

John Shannon

While detective Jack Liffey is convalescing from a collapsed lung from his last case, he is called to his hometown of San Pedro, shipyard to Los Angeles, where an inexplicable string of mysterious accidents have befallen local residents; a child turns up missing, a fishing boat sinks, a life's work is destroyed—and Japanese playing cards with cryptic notes are left at the scenes. At the same time, Jack begins to read snatches from the diary of Joe Ozaki, an enraged Japanese American ex-Green Beret who has vowed to avenge U.S. misdeeds against his father and other Japanese Americans interned during World War II. Eventfully Jack crosses paths with Joe Ozaki, when the Green Beret targets the detective's own father. The showdown between Jack and Ozaki comes to a head on a sealed-off Terminal Island, where escape is difficult and the final outcome anyone's guess.
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The Poison Sky

The Poison Sky

John Shannon

John Shannon

Jack Liffey is at the end of his rope when he's hired to find a teen in the third Jack Liffey mystery.The cruel streets of Los Angeles are no place for naïve, young Jimmy Mardesich, and his mother wants him home. But it turns out that Jimmy is far from living on the streets...He's living in Paradise.At least, that's what his new friends are saying. They've shown the true path to inner peace — and they'll fight to keep him. But then their paths all cross with the real doom merchants. It's a sinister secret that Jack alone must uncover — a secret with the potential to wipe out much of the city...
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On the Nickel

On the Nickel

John Shannon

John Shannon

Private Investigator Jack Liffey has been confined to a wheelchair, unable to walk or speak, for more than a month, due to a freak accident that may have damaged his spine.So when an old friend calls asking for help in finding his missing sixteen-year-old son, Jack's teenage daughter, Maeve, intercepts the call and decides to take on the case. But it's not long before she finds herself in deep trouble, and soon many lives are hanging in the balance...
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The Concrete River

The Concrete River

John Shannon

John Shannon

Jack Liffey lost his job, and then his wife and daughter. All he had left was his ability to track down missing children, so he set up as a detective specializing in kidnappings. A woman from Mexico shows up with only a few words of English, and when he sets off to find her daughter in the frightening urban nightmare of L.A., he is sucked into a violent world of developers and local politicos. Liffey soon discovers that nothing is what it seems…before long his search becomes a fight for redemption and for life itself in a world gone mad around him.
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The Orange Curtain

The Orange Curtain

John Shannon

John Shannon

Jack Liffey, a decent guy, compassionate and brave, again finds himself on a case that turns familiar city streets into dangerous war zones.Liffey's city is greater Los Angeles, his turf the forgotten suburbs, run-down neighbourhoods, and volatile ethnic communities. To the anguish and despair of parents and protectors a city like LA holds lots of places for sons and daughters to hide, or be hidden. Liffey understands loss. First he lost his job in the aerospace industry, then he lost his wife and daughter. In his unerring ability to track down missing children, however, he has found his true calling. His newest case takes him deep into Los Angeles' Vietnamese community, where a beautiful young woman, Phuong, has disappeared. But the exotic realities and complex alliances of Little Saigon are not all that Liffey has to contend with as he uncovers the corporate fraud and feuds surrounding plans to develop a new airport at El Toro Marine Base.
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