Overview

"How much does it cost to fix an election?"

August Riordan?private investigator, jazz bass player, smart ass with a foolish heart?is going to find out. He?s been hired by Leonora Lee, the all-powerful "Dragon Lady" of San Francisco?s Chinatown, to investigate the results of the city?s recent mayoral election. It seems the Dragon Lady?s candidate failed to even carry the Chinese precincts, and she?s convinced that someone must have rigged the ...
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Runoff

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Overview

"How much does it cost to fix an election?"

August Riordan—private investigator, jazz bass player, smart ass with a foolish heart—is going to find out. He’s been hired by Leonora Lee, the all-powerful "Dragon Lady" of San Francisco’s Chinatown, to investigate the results of the city’s recent mayoral election. It seems the Dragon Lady’s candidate failed to even carry the Chinese precincts, and she’s convinced that someone must have rigged the outcome by hacking the city’s newly installed touch-screen voting machines.

A runoff between the two remaining candidates is days away, but it takes Riordan mere hours to find the Director of Elections dead in his office. A visit to the offices of Columbia Voting Systems—the suppliers of the city’s touch-screen machines—results in another corpse. A wide range of political interests share a stake in the election, so Riordan’s got plenty of suspects.

But when the Dragon Lady’s beautiful daughter is attacked after giving Riordan a goodnight kiss, it starts to get personal. Soon, Riordan is in a race not only against the runoff deadline, but against powerful political movers and shakers, Chinatown gang members, and crazed anarchists, with only his techno-savvy, cross-dressing friend Chris to help.

The cost of fixing an election runs to as many lives as it does dollars, and if Riordan isn't careful, the price for un-fixing it may be more than he can afford …
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Editorial Reviews

James Crumley
Runoff by Mark Coggins is a smart, funny, spooky ... often touching, always entertaining romp through ... San Francisco's highways, byways, and alleys of corruption. (Hammett eat your hat and laugh.) It's great fun and a must read.
Stephen Miller
Riordan and his creator ... represent the new, 21st-century breed of writers and characters. 'What’s happening with the private eye novel?' is a perpetually popular question among the crime-fiction cognoscenti. Runoff is the answer. To borrow a description from the jazz magazine Downbeat, Coggins is Talent Deserving Wider Recognition.
Publishers Weekly
[H]arrowing ... exposes the dark underbelly of American politics.
Kirkus Reviews
[D]eliciously quirky ... panache to spare.
Booklist Booklist
A wisecracking, hard-boiled private-eye yarn ... Not only is the writing snappy in this fourth appearance of PI and jazz musician August Riordan but the story is as full of twists and turns as its setting, San Francisco's Chinatown. While echoing Chandler and Hammett, Coggins advances the genre into the Internet era.
Staff Reviewer
[D]eliciously quirky ... panache to spare.
Booklist - Staff Reviewer
A wisecracking, hard-boiled private-eye yarn ... Not only is the writing snappy in this fourth appearance of PI and jazz musician August Riordan but the story is as full of twists and turns as its setting, San Francisco's Chinatown. While echoing Chandler and Hammett, Coggins advances the genre into the Internet era.
James Crumley
Runoff by Mark Coggins is a smart, funny, spooky ... often touching, always entertaining romp through ... San Francisco's highways, byways, and alleys of corruption. (Hammett eat your hat and laugh.) It's great fun and a must read.
January Magazine - Stephen Miller
Riordan and his creator ... represent the new, 21st-century breed of writers and characters. 'What’s happening with the private eye novel?' is a perpetually popular question among the crime-fiction cognoscenti. Runoff is the answer. To borrow a description from the jazz magazine Downbeat, Coggins is Talent Deserving Wider Recognition.
Mystery Scene Magazine - Lynne Maxwell
[E]vokes a curious timelessness ... of classic noir detective fiction. Riordan could have been conjured up by Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler... Through crisp, understated prose, [Coggins] perfectly captures the world-weary integrity of his protagonist. In addition to its seamless characterization and narrative, the novel maintains its dark suspense until the gripping conclusion unfolds ... [A] noir gem.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982948446
  • Publisher: Mark Coggins
  • Publication date: 10/11/2010
  • Series: August Riordan Series , #4
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 302
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Mark Coggins’ work has been nominated for the Shamus and the Barry crime fiction awards and selected for best of the year lists compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Detroit Free Press and Amazon.com, among others. His novels RUNOFF and THE BIG WAKE-UP won the Next Generation Indie Book Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) respectively, both in the crime fiction category. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Linda and their cat Taki. Visit him on the web at www.markcoggins.com.
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