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Dynamite Road
     

Dynamite Road

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by Andrew Klavan
 

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Jim Bishop is a hard man, as cold as the wind off the water and tough to the point of brutality. Scott Weiss is Bishop's boss, a world-weary ex-cop who runs a private detective agency out of a concrete tower in the heart of San Francisco. In this powerfully original series debut by award-winning and bestselling author Andrew Klavan, Weiss sends Bishop to

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Dynamite Road 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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nprfan1 More than 1 year ago
The plotline of this novel comes straight out of a 40's gangster movie, although it's been updated to deal with the modern world. But Klavan has added an extra undefined something to the story - something that puts it more than a cut above your average detective novel.

True, the people are stock characters - the hard-boiled private eye who was once a cop; his partner, who's still on the force and has the personality of a crab; the gorgeous damsel in distress (who we never actually get to meet); and the prototypical arch-villains. But they all mesh together and you enjoy knowing what happens to them. I've read many other similar stories - some published in the 40's, some fairly recently - and a lot of them I just discarded because the people in them were basically cartoon characters. Not here. I hope the next novel in this series (and the cover indicates this is the first of a series) tells us a bit more about the damsel in distress, and about the mysterious Shadowman and his relationship with Weiss.

Oh, and if the author is the Drew Klavan whose twin brothers I grew up with a few blocks down the road, and he reads this - tell those brothers I said hello.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Known by employees, clients, and the author¿s family as the Agency, Weiss Investigation is a San Francisco private detective firm. Owner Scott Weiss assigns Jim Bishop to investigate the questionable flight activities of Chris Wannamaker at a small airport off of Driscoll in Northern California. When Jim arrives in town, he introduces himself to Ray Grambling as Frank Kennedy his new pilot. Jim meets Chris¿ wife Kathleen, Director of Operations, and quickly seduces her to obtain information.

Meanwhile Weiss investigates three recent deaths that seem connected to only him. Weiss, a former cop, recognizes the signature of his enemy, the assassin Shadowman. Soon Weiss¿ work ties in to the havoc that Bishop is causing. As the murder count rises and somehow femme fatale Julie Wyant is in the center of the storm if only because Weiss cannot ignore her lure, the two sleuths must stop an enormous murder conspiracy that only the Shadowman could achieve.

Though the conspiracy that ties all the crimes together seems stretched, fans of hard boiled detectives that make Spade and Marlow look like wimps will enjoy DYNAMITE ROAD. The story line places the classic elements of the 1930s sleuths inside a modern day setting. The comparison between the by the book Weiss and the break it even if its okay Bishop is a delight to follow as they disagree about the means to achieve the end. Especially ironic is that the former cannot resist the Mary Astor like Julie while the latter sleeps with any woman (when he is not beating someone up). Fans of the ultra hard boiled detective tale will want to follow the case files of this Agency.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*got further in the song* / we came to test test test test test. Answer these questions do our best best best best. We came to school to work so hard hard hard hard. And now we're ready to do this this this this. Yeah, yeah. It's ELA and some math, so do our best and don't be mad, yeah. The test has started get your pencils set. Saying eeeeh oh. Start to wright, oh. I'm nearly done and now it's getting hard, saying eeeeh oh, time to work, oh. And then I get to work, trying my hardest. Answering question, after question. And now I am done, with the ELA, and now all that's left, is the state math test. I came to learn learn learn learn. The test is big but don't be scared scared scared scared. It may be hard but you should try try try try. Long as you try you'll do real good good good good. Yeah, yeah. And now we're almost done to test. So now work hard and do your best, yeah. The test has started get your pencils set. Saying eeeeh oh, fill in those bubbles. \ [] that's all I have so far... ill keep working on it. And some peices might be different because I have my paoer now :P []