by Richard Hoyt

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Starring a Sam Spade for the eighties—the worlds' first soft-boiled sleuth

"I did it because of Sam Spade. I felt part of a tradition of romantic, freelance wise guys."

John Denson is a private eye for the eighties—the world's first soft-boiled sleuth. He washes down his raw vegetables with screw-top wine, refuses to pack a rod, is a pigeon for a beautiful woman with a problem, and lives by the honor code of detectives from another era. So when a tough-talking (and stunning) female private eye challenges him to a high-stakes wager concerning a string of brutal murders, John can't resist.

He finds himself in the bizarre and deadly shadow worlds of prostitution and smuggling, as he scrambles to tie up the case, keep his sense of humor (and his head) intact, and impress the lady at the same time.

"Snappy and amusing dialogue and a plot with enough provocative twists and turns to arouse the detective in all of us"—Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"A crackerjack detective story"—Chicago Sun-Times

"Its very lunacy makes the story attractive and exciting."—Library Journal

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BN ID: 2940163191703
Publisher: Speaking Volumes
Publication date: 11/28/2019
Series: John Denson , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 862,058
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Richard Hoyt graduated from the University of Oregon. After graduating from the U.S. Army Intelligence School in Ft. Holabird, Maryland, he served as a counterintelligence agent then returned to Oregon to earn a master’s degree. A fellow of the Washington Journalism Center, he worked as a Washington correspondent for The Oregonian and other Pacific Northwest newspapers. He later earned a PhD in American studies from the University of Hawaii. Hoyt wrote for both morning and afternoon newspapers in Honolulu and was a stringer for Newsweek magazine. He taught journalism and writing courses at the University of Maryland and Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, before quitting to write novels full-time.

Hoyt is the author of the John Denson mysteries, the James Burlane thrillers and numerous other novels of adventure, espionage and suspense. In researching and writing in more than two dozen countries in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, he has ridden trains across the Soviet Union and riverboats down the Amazon. He now lives in Vancouver, Washington, with his wife Teresita, formerly of Cebu City, Philippines and his daughter Teresa. He has a daughter, Laura, from a previous marriage.

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