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DAMNATION STREET
by Andrew Klavan

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Hardboiled

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A gritty noir tale about a private investigator and a brutal killer playing a cat-and-mouse game that culminates in an Old West showdown, Klavan's thriller is suspenseful and cinematically told. The protagonists are complex -- Weiss, the beaten-down but noble P.I., and Bishop, the antihero with heart -- and both possess a streak of goodness that shines throughout the bleak events that unfold.

San Francisco P.I. Scott Weiss and sadistic killer John Foy are locked in a duel to the death. The object of their affection is prostitute Julie Wyant, a changeling woman who becomes whatever men want her to be -- and thus is impossible for them to forget. Weiss hits the road searching for the missing Julie, knowing that every step he takes also brings Foy, the ever-watchful assassin, closer too. But Weiss is determined that it's going to end, one way or another.

His only allies are Bishop, a hardened, selfish thug who nevertheless feels a loyalty to Weiss, and the
eager young apprentice at the
agency, who foolhardily yet
nobly throws himself into the fray, determined to become a man to admire. (HARCOURT, Sep., 320 pp., $24.00)

Reviewed By: Tara Gelsomino

Publisher: Harcourt

Published: September 2006

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