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The Big Hello And The Long Goodbye

Peter Gessner

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ISBN 10: 1591331994 / ISBN 13: 9781591331995
Published by Hilliard Harris, Maryland, 2007
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Unread Excellent Book in Excellent Dust Jacket that is in a Protective Mylar cover. No bumps, no marks, no sunning, no clips and no foxing. The author has Signed and Dated ( 4/28/07 ) on the Title Page. ".painting an awesome and very truthful picture of the life on San Francisco's underside." ".a journey.from the world of Nob skid row hotel rooms and grimy Hall of Justice." This item securely packaged and shipped in a sturdy box. Wonderful Collector's Copy. Bookseller Inventory # 002465

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Title: The Big Hello And The Long Goodbye

Publisher: Hilliard Harris, Maryland

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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Walker, a transplanted New Yorker now eking out a living as a private eye in San Francisco, has a million-dollar view of the Bay with a rent-controlled apartment attached, a new girlfriend with an attitude, a supposedly lovelorn Indonesian fighting fish (a present from Linda, the girlfriend), and two cases he is coming to care too much about. Fifteen-year-old Ali Bakkrat shot and killed his Palestinian-American sister, Noor, after she refused to quit seeing her Hispanic boyfriend. Walker is hired to turn up anything that will help the boy's lawyer mount a defense in this seemingly hopeless case. In the same week, electronics entrepreneur David Singleton hires Walker to find his brother, Allan, a mentally unstable mathematical genius who has gone missing. A loner and outsider, Walker is increasingly drawn to both his clients. As the cases unfold and begin to intertwine, he finds himself pushing the ethical limits of his profession in order to shake loose the truth. Walker's journey takes him from the world of his Nob Hill client, David Singleton, to skid row hotel rooms and the grimy Hall of Justice

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Peter Gessner is a licensed private investigator based in San Francisco. Born in New York City, he, like many of his generation who came of age personally and politically during the Vietnam War, migrated westward to San Francisco to reinvent himself. Too late for the Summer of Love, there was still plenty of time to fall in love with the city that had been home to an earlier author/detective. His first weeks were spent on a friend's couch devouring early paperback editions of Dashiell Hammett's stories, many with maps conveniently placed inside their back covers. Gessner has been a Visiting Professor of Cinema at San Francisco State University and for one summer early in his career, he worked as a reporter for the Village Voice. He graduated with highest honors from Swarthmore College with Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and attended Yale Drama School. Prior to his arrival in California, Gessner had been an independent filmmaker; several of his documentaries that dealt with anti-war and labor themes received prizes at international film festivals.

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