On the Nickel (Jack Liffey Series #12)

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The new novel in the critically acclaimed Jack Liffey series - Private Investigator Jack Liffey has been confined to a wheelchair, unable to walk or speak, for more than a month, due to a freak accident that may have damaged his spine. So when an old friend calls asking for help in finding his missing sixteen-year-old son, Jack’s teenage daughter, Maeve, intercepts the call and decides to take on the case. But it’s not long before she finds herself in deep trouble, and soon many lives are hanging in the balance ....

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Overview

The new novel in the critically acclaimed Jack Liffey series - Private Investigator Jack Liffey has been confined to a wheelchair, unable to walk or speak, for more than a month, due to a freak accident that may have damaged his spine. So when an old friend calls asking for help in finding his missing sixteen-year-old son, Jack’s teenage daughter, Maeve, intercepts the call and decides to take on the case. But it’s not long before she finds herself in deep trouble, and soon many lives are hanging in the balance . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Art Taylor
While the action is relentless—vandalism, kidnapping, assault, robbery, arson, murder—the main characters are also on a spiritual journey…On the Nickel may not be the best starting point for those unfamiliar with Shannon's novels…But for anyone following these adventures already, [it] will be a solid addition to a series that consistently provokes and surprises.
—The Washington Post
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Previous episodes in Shannon's consistently engaging Jack Liffey series have moved about California, but this time the "finder of lost children" stays put—literally, at least in the beginning, as the trauma of being buried alive in a mudslide (Palos Verdes Blue, 2009) has left him without a voice and unable to use his legs (doctors feel the symptoms have a psychological basis). As in previous episodes, though, Jack's highschool-age daughter, Maeve, steps in to help her dad (without telling him, of course). This time the case involves the disappearance of teenage boy, Conor. Maeve tracks him to a flophouse in downtown L.A.'s notorious skid row (the "Nickel"). Unfortunately, Conor picks a flophouse that is due for renovation once some curmudgeonly residents can be convinced to leave. The owner has hired two loose-cannon enforcers to handle the evictions, and Maeve and Conor wind up in the crossfire. Shannon again writes about society's disenfranchised with great power, but he never slights human relationships in the onslaught of shocking sociological detail. A couple of plot developments on the way to setting up the final confrontation strain credulity, but the finale itself is an edge-of-the-chair corker. Another winner in an outstanding series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847512475
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Series: Jack Liffey Series , #12
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 991,357
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John Shannon

John Shannon is one of America's leading writers of neo-noir. His Jack Liffey series of novels is one of the most critically praised mystery series in the genre. The Devils of Bakersfield is the tenth book in the series. Shannon lives in Los Angeles.

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