Bohemian Heart

Bohemian Heart

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by James Dalessandro
     
 

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"Peekaboo" Frankie Fagen is a long-haired, leather-jacketed private detective, best known for his unconventional methods and the Norton Commando he rides through his beloved San Francisco. When summoned to a box at the opera, he meets the beautiful Colleen Farragut, due to go on trial the next day for the murder of her husband, the city's richest and most powerful…  See more details below

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"Peekaboo" Frankie Fagen is a long-haired, leather-jacketed private detective, best known for his unconventional methods and the Norton Commando he rides through his beloved San Francisco. When summoned to a box at the opera, he meets the beautiful Colleen Farragut, due to go on trial the next day for the murder of her husband, the city's richest and most powerful real estate developer and a lifelong Fagen nemesis. A million-dollar bonus is Frankie's if he finds the burglars Colleen claims were the actual killers-but the real prize would be a century's worth of Farragut diaries that document a family tradition of criminal activity and corruption. With evidence and public sentiment stacked against his client, Frankie, motivated by both love and revenge, races against the clock to find the killer and save Colleen.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Arresting San Francisco images and a flashy narrative style launch this mystery debut with a strength that is later weakened by cliches. PI Frank Fagen, a fourth-generation San Franciscan and a former cop, receives an opera ticket and an anonymous invitation to that night's performance of Carmen. Dressed in a leather and satin tux, Frankie rides to the opera house on his vintage Norton bike and meets Colleen Farragut, the drop-dead gorgeous widow--and accused murderer--of real-estate developer William Farragut, one of the principals in Frankie's disgraced departure from the SFPD. Frankie agrees to investigate the case, which is about to go to trial, hoping for a peek at the dead man's diaries and a hefty fee. His sleuthing uncovers an alleged burglary at the Farraguts' Presidio mansion and two missing 14th-century Italian silver plates, some kinky sex involving Farragut with hookers and an affair between Colleen and a city bigshot. Dalessandro's energetic prose and stylish inventions are defeated by the cardboard characterization of Colleen, whose beauty, brilliance and magnetism, while central to the action, are never made credible. (Sept.)

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ISBN-13:
9781937530532
Publisher:
Crossroad Press
Publication date:
12/18/2015
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.49(d)

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4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best attributes of San Francisco is that most of the residence have came for a taste of San Francisco’s bohemian lifestyle, or have been caught up in it whatever the reason for their arrival. It goes back as far as the Gold Rush of 1849, but I digress. More to the point, a place known as “everybody’s favorite city” also produces “everybody’s favorite characters”, and “Bohemian Heart” is no exception. We can start with “Peekaboo” Frankie Fagen….really? Peekaboo? Yes, but there is a very good reason, only you will have to wait until half way through the book to find out. Trust me, it is worth it. Frankie is a smart one, and gutsy to boot. He takes on a case no one in his right mind would take. He is not always a “high risk, high reward” kind of guy, but for the likes of a beautiful woman like Colleen Farragut, he is all in. She is accused of murdering her husband, William, a prominent and wealthy developer, who just happened to have ruined Frankie’s career with the SFPD. Beyond the million dollar bonus she is offering, Frankie might learn something that may clear his name. After all, there are those diaries William kept, plus the thought of other fringe benefits from Colleen has more than tipped his “scales of justice”. One more item: I call it the “double-helix twist” ending. I did not see it coming and got, what I call a “WOW rush” when it happened. Just like Frankie, you will be hanging on to his Norton Commando with a “death grip” as he takes you through the adrenaline-fused twists and turns of this story. Great read…have fun, I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I so enjoy the character, Frank, and the fascinating political history that Dalessandro wraps around his murder mystery. I would laugh outloud at some of Franks thoughts. A wonderful book. I would recommend it to anyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bohemian Heart is a novel in the tradition of Dashiell Hammett, with the quick, slightly sarcastic dialogue as  spoken  by Humphrey Bogart.  Set against a backdrop of San Francisco politics and history, it is a real page turner. Add in a beautiful rich woman, a murdered millionaire, and assorted and sundry San Francisco characters, you  will want to see what will happen next.   This book will make you want to go to San Francisco and take the Bohemian Heart tour, to find all the streets,  buildings, restaurants and neighborhoods that are in the book.  Thumbs up for James Dalessandro.   MichelineA  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was a very good private dective story. It did start out alittle shaky..Lines like " her legs a Pacific coast highway of endless beauty" made it a little to Sam Spade but all and all very good. worth reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the work of a master writer, historian and lover of the city of San Francisco blessed with creative integrity meant to entertain and educate; a deadly combo! Soon to be a television series called TELEGRAPH HILL with San Francisco's epic history as a back drop and it's vaunted corruption, it's opera house and landmarks in a Noir private detective classic,  with an opera loving, long haired, motorcycle riding private detective, Frankie Fagen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're a lover of film noir or detective crime dramas in general, then you'll really dig this book. The main character's dialogue and inner monologue has the witty, subversive flair of a 40's noir classic, but updated to modern times. What is especially interesting is how the dark underbelly of San Francisco history is subtly woven into the story without slowing down the read. If you like movie like Chinatown or L.A. Confidential (two of my favorites) then you will enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up three days ago, and could not drop it until all the pages were read. Mr Dalessandro has reinvented the noir genre for the twentyfirst century  immaculately. The history and character of San Francisco is mystically and majestically brought to life in this novel. Frank and the world he lives in is one I urge everyone to visit. A must read! 
ReaderCT More than 1 year ago
Spenser does San Francisco!
Kentucky_Colonel More than 1 year ago
I read this several years ago when it first appeared in print and was so impressed that I wangled a reviewing gig with the Los Angeles Daily News. Now,  all these years later, I like this book even more.  I can't wait for the television series.  (And, if you like this book, you'll also like The Tattooed Rabbi, by Marvin J. Wolf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just the right amount of history, and the perfect set of flaws to create the perfect mystery novel ... 
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The opening really grabs the reader with an astounding action run through the city, and his rendering of San Francisco both geographically and historically can put you right on the street with the lead characters. Nice to see this as a developing series for television, Dirty Harry would be proud! I hope to see and read more from this Author.