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Book Title: Gone, No Forwarding|
The author of the book: Joe Gores
Edition: Mysterious Press
Date of issue: 1993
The size of the: 369 KB
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Reader ratings: 5.8
ISBN 13: 9780446403153
Format files: PDF
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Another solid entry in the DKA Files series, this time with the gang all swinging into action to unravel why the State of California wants to yank their license over a relatively minor collections matter. Gores' style is exactly what it says on the cover: tough, taught. Very much like something his idol, Hammet might have written. But the DKA files are somewhat unique among hard boiled mysteries because they feature an ensemble cast, as opposed to your standard lone wolf PI. I'm surprised they never tried to make these into a T.V. series. Really, the plot is like an episode of a hour long TV show - there's very little down time once the action gets rolling.
My main criticism is that, in his effort to be "tough and taught," Gores has a tendency to reduce everybody to a set of stock characters and ethnic stereotypes: Like, virtually every time the character of Dan O'Banion appears Gores feels compelled to remind us that old Danny Boy has bright red hair, a quick temper, and is an alcoholic. At one point, we meet a woman married to a man with an Italian surname, so Gores has her refer to him as a "wop" about four times in a scene that's around three pages long in cased we missed that fact, I guess. Asians are smart and hard working, Hispanics are hot blooded, black folks all got lots of soul, hookers have hearts of gold, etc. Oh, there's also some stuff in there about the exotic, erotic appeal of gypsy women.
It's all mostly good natured, except for Gores' depiction of the gay community, which wouldn't win him any GLAAD awards these days. Basically, every gay man is either a prissy queen or a mustachioed leather daddy, and they're all vain and deceitful. Of course, "Gone, No Forwarding" was written almost 40 years ago, and attitudes have "evolved" over that time.
These distractions aside (and you can probably tell that they are fairly distracting, as I've gone on about them for two paragraphs) "Gone, No Forwarding" is a tightly plotted, entertaining, and fairly realistic thriller that you'll likely finish in one or two extended sittings.
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Read information about the authorJoe Gores (1931-2011) was the author of the acclaimed DKA series of street-level crime and detection, as well as the stunning suspense novels Dead Man and Menaced Assassin.
He served in the U.S. Army - writing biographies of generals at the Pentagon - was educated at the University of Notre Dame and Stanford, and spent twelve years as a San Francisco private investigator. The author of dozens of novels, screenplays, and television scripts, he won three Edgar Allan Poe Awards and Japan's Maltese Falcon Award.
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