Bohemian Heart [NOOK Book]

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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
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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.

"Epic....Dalessandro writes like a reincarnated Dashiell Hammetf... more than a mystery, a riff into a storybook city's heart of darkness...hands down the most colorful San Francisco character since Dirty Harry...." Marvin Wolf, Los Angeles Daily News.

"Energetic prose and stylish inventions..." San Francisco Chronicle

"A great read, very smart, almost too smart." - Barry Gifford, author of "The Adventures of Sailor and Luna" (Wild at Heart)

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016107851
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press
  • Publication date: 12/18/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 35,246
  • File size: 653 KB

Meet the Author

James Dalessandro was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended the Ohio University School of Journalism and UCLA Film School. In 1973, he founded the Santa Cruz Poetry Festival with Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Ken Kesey, which became the nation’s largest literary event during its four year run. Lawrence Ferlinghetti credited him with launching “a new birth of American poetry” and called him “one of the new breed of young, populist writers who has something to say, quite clearly, about life on the wild side.” He has published four books: Canary in a Coal Mine (1973, poetry, Sanguine Books); Bohemian Heart (1993, noir thriller, St. Martin’s Press), Citizen Jane (1998, true crime, Putnam Penguin); and the best-selling 1906 (2004, historical thriller, Chronicle Books).

He has been a member of the Writers Guild of America, west, since 1983, and has sold or been hired on more than 20 feature film and television projects. In September, 2009, Hallmark Channel broadcast the original movie “Citizen Jane” – their only true life/true crime story – for he was both screenwriter and producer. He also the screenwriter of the upcoming Pixar/Warner Brothers live action film “1906”, based on his novel and screenplay. He was the writer of the nationally syndicated radio program, “The Houe of Blues Radio Hour” with Dan Aykroyd” and “Rock On” with Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek.

He is the award winning writer/director/producer of the documentary Film “The Damnedest, Finest Ruins” (KQED-PBS, 2011). He has written for The Examiner newspapers and published feature articles in San Francisco Magazine and Playboy.

As of December, 2012, “Telegraph Hill”, a television series based on Bohemian Heart is in development with James as a writer/executive producer, and with Oscar winning screenwriter Bobby Moresco (CRASH, MILLION DOLLAR BABY) for Entertainment One Television.
He teaches Advanced Screenwriting and Television Writing at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, Katie and best pal Giaccomo Poochini.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2007

    Most enjoyable historical novel

    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!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    One of the best attributes of San Francisco is that most of


    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Bohemian Heart is a novel in the tradition of Dashiell Hammett,

    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


     

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    good

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Just the right amount of history, and the perfect set of flaws t

    Just the right amount of history, and the perfect set of flaws to create the perfect mystery novel ... 

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2014

    This is the work of a master writer, historian and lover of the

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    If you're a lover of film noir or detective crime dramas in gene

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    I picked this book up three days ago, and could not drop it unti

    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! 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

    Spenser does San Francisco!

    Spenser does San Francisco!

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  • Posted January 24, 2013

    I read this several years ago when it first appeared in print an

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    The opening really grabs the reader with an astounding action ru

    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.

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