The Orange Curtain: A Jack Liffey Mystery

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If you've not met Jack Liffey -- and every mystery lover should -- here's your chance. This taut new novel featuring author John Shannon's "brave and decent" hero also offers you the perfect opportunity to get hooked on this much-admired mystery series. Liffey's turf is the sprawling, deceptively open cityscape of greater Los Angeles with its forgotten suburbs, its volatile communities, its dangerous neighborhoods. To the anguished despair of parents and protectors, it's a city that holds lots of dark, secreted places for sons and daughters to hide. Or be hidden. Jack Liffey may have lost his job in the aerospace industry but he has found his calling -- tracking down lost children. His case in The Orange Curtain takes him deep into the Los Angeles Vietnamese community, where a beautiful young woman, Phuong -- her name means Phoenix -- has disappeared. The exotic realities and complex alliances of Little Saigon are not all that Liffey has to contend with, however. Beyond its boundaries there's a sad young man named Billy. Billy likes to watch people, and he has a relationship with his mother as strange as any in Hitchcock.

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John Shannon is the author of three other titles in the Jack Liffey mystery series: THE CONCRETE RIVER, THE CRACKED EARTH and THE POISON SKY. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Readers who like gritty noir leavened by genuine heart and a healthy dollop of erudition a 93-year-old Phillip Marlowe makes an appearance will love Shannon's fourth Jack Liffey mystery (after The Poison Sky). Shannon returns to a Los Angeles the Hollywood types don't even drive through. Jack Liffey, who hunts missing kids, lost his once comfy life in the aerospace bust. The job, wife and custody of his beloved daughter are gone. What he's got is a jealous girlfriend, a junker car, a disconcerting fear of death and a sentimental bent toward trying to protect the innocent. He crosses the "Orange curtain" between the random craziness of L.A. and Orange County's Little Saigon to search for Phuong Minh, a Vietnamese bookseller's daughter. The compassionate, intelligent sleuth is just beginning to pick his way through gang clashes, county politics and successful comes-ons by Phuong's mentor, lovely, aggressive businesswoman Tien Joubert, when Phuong's body is found in the hills. She was shot, apparently the victim of a serial killer. From the start, Shannon has given readers an uneasy idea of who that killer might be. Young Billy Gudger's story unfolds alongside Jack Liffey's and an obsessive, lonely, frightening story it is. When the parallel lines meet, Shannon delivers a tour-de-force climax, with the action believably, and beautifully, driven by each character's needs. There's nothing super-heroic about Jack Liffey, but he's an unusually decent and interesting guy. (Apr. 1)Forecast: Relatively unknown, Shannon could break out with this book, rights to which have already been sold to the U.K., Germany, France and Japan.

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