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Act of Fear : #1 in the Edgar Award-Winning Dan Fortune Mystery Series
by Dennis Lynds


Overview - Back in the day, the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City wasn't hip, chic, expensive, and yuppified, with a Starbucks on every block. In fact, it was such a lousy place to live, you could hardly give the real estate away. Populated by gangsters, muggers, grandmothers with baseball bats, and parents working long hours on the wrong side of the law to pay for tenement apartments with no view, the place was also colorful, with memorable characters straight out of a Damon Runyon novel.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Back in the day, the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City wasn't hip, chic, expensive, and yuppified, with a Starbucks on every block. In fact, it was such a lousy place to live, you could hardly give the real estate away. Populated by gangsters, muggers, grandmothers with baseball bats, and parents working long hours on the wrong side of the law to pay for tenement apartments with no view, the place was also colorful, with memorable characters straight out of a Damon Runyon novel. It was in this live-by-your-wits atmosphere that Dan Fortune grew up. One of his best boyhood friends was Andy Pappas. They broke into the holds of ships together, stealing cargo, watching one another's back. But things happen. Dan lost his arm in a failed robbery attempt, and decided it was time to figure out another way to make a living. With the people and geography of Chelsea his only areas of expertise, he put out his shingle: Dan Fortune, Private Detective. But Andy liked his life of crime, and power was addictive. Andy stayed the course, killing his way up until he took over the docks. He was boss of bosses, a vicious racketeer. Still, he'd let Dan be familiar, call him by his first name, even give him crap - until now. Now Dan is trying to track down a teenager named Jo-Jo Olsen. It looks like a routine missing-persons case, until Jo-Jo's friends start dying violently, one by one, just before Dan can question them. Then Andy Pappas warns Dan that unless he cools it on Jo-Jo, he'll end up on the rapidly growing pile of corpses. It doesn't make sense. Why does Andy Pappas care about Jo-Jo, and what does Dan need to do to stay alive long enough to find out and save the kid? Act of Fear is the winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel "Collins has the ability to set in motion a sequence of events that moves with the inevitability of a huge boulder rolling down a mountainside." - New York Times "A master of crime fiction." - Ellery Queen "Act of Fear is the most interesting private detective novel I have read in a long time. It is a highly original piece of work in a field not noted for much originality. Mr. Collins is a writer to watch and, above all, to read." - Ross Macdonald


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  • ISBN-13: 9781941517017
  • ISBN-10: 1941517013
  • Publisher: Canning Park Press
  • Publish Date: May 2016
  • Page Count: 200
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.42 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds


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