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Shannon, Harry

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ISBN 10: 1594141991 / ISBN 13: 9781594141997
Published by Five Star, 2004
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First ed. Near fine/Near fine condition, slight over all wear to book and dustjacket, Signed by the author on the title page. Bookseller Inventory # 31175

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Publisher: Five Star

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed By the Author

Edition: First Ed.

Book Type: Book

About this title


Acclaimed author Harry Shannon makes his mystery debut with the hard-boiled novel, Memorial Day, featuring an unlikely amateur detective who has as many problems of his own as the people he's investigating. Psychologist Mick Callahan was a television star until women, booze, and his own ego brought him down. Now the former Navy SEAL washout is a man on a mission -- to get his life back on track. He reluctantly accepts a job hosting a radio talk show near his little hometown of Dry Wells, Nevada. When a troubled young caller is murdered, Callahan decides to investigate. But when the mystery girl turns out to be the daughter of the richest man in the county, Mick is compelled to uncover the dying town's sordid secrets, wrestle with his own memories of an abusive childhood -- and literally run for his life on the climactic Memorial Day.

Harry Shannon lives in Studio City, California.


". . . a fast, edgy, twisty, modern noir thriller . . ."
-- Bill Pronzini, author of The Nameless Detective novels

"Recommended reading for any mystery fan, a tale you will enjoy all the way through. This book will have you looking for other books by Harry Shannon. Enjoy."
--Murder and Mayhem Bookclub (June 2004) (Murder and Mayhem 20040601)

"A completely winning, engaging first mystery. Memorial Day isn't a strict whodunit or howdunit, though it masquerades as the former. It's located squarely in the grey area between the noir school and that of the breezier, more modern mysteries—as well as playing off a long-standing amateur sleuth tradition...Shannon keeps the tone just melancholy enough, and the pace lively...Shannon's first mystery signals a new arrival on those wet noir streets, where the gumshoe's conscience is stronger than his greed and whose calling is tilting at windmills...Let's hope he doesn't resurrect his TV career just yet—he should have several investigations left in him after this exhausting case. You'd like to have a beer with Mick Callahan, except that he'd have a soda because he's in the program. Memorial Day reads like a smooth whiskey with a beer back (if you're not in the program)."
--The Chiaroscuro (UNKNOWN )

"What makes the novel especially good is the complexity of the characters...the book never drags. The author creates genuine tension by keeping us interested in the characters, so we want to know what will happen to them next. That is what makes Memorial Day a page-turner. The dialogue is snappy and realistic without being too aware of itself--the people in the story actually seem to be talking to each other rather than reading lines...Every author tries to achieve this effect, but they are not always successful. Harry Shannon's noir debout is a good read all the way around. Recommended."
--Cemetary Dance (June 2004) (Cemetary Dance 20040601)

"Mick's road to redemption is wry, bittersweet, and altogether touching in this notable and brilliant new addition to the mystery genre. And Mick is all we love to see in a fallen hero; vulnerable, insightful, and just simply a likable guy. The secondary characters also shine, especially young Jerry who is funny, sweet, and charmingly na$#239ve. Shannon picks apart this small desert town with finesse and grace, and gives the reader a poignant and stirring story that is also filled with suspense and just the right amount of darkness. We hope to see more of this wonderful cast and crew from an author who has proven he's got what it takes to excel."
--New Mystery Reader Magazine (May 2004) (UNKNOWN 20040514)

"Mick Callahan, once a famous pop psychologist, now a recovering alcoholic, retreats to his small-town roots in Dry Wells, NV. There, two sudden murders, probably connected, get his attention. One of the victims had asked him for help, just as a Beverly Hills woman had done three years earlier and met the same fate. So he sticks around, jeopardizing a Hollywood audition, to question suspects, antagonize the richest family in town, help a computer-nerd friend, and solve the murders. Big-city problems in a little town tackled by a likable hero result in a most promising first mystery."
--Library Journal (May 2004) (Library Journal 20040501)

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