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"Lister's hard-edged prose ranks with the best of contemporary noir fiction." Publisher's Weekly Starred Review of The Big Goodbye.

History, Mystery, and Romance

Walk the mean streets of wartime Panama City with Jimmy "Soldier" Riley, a wounded, woman-haunted knight errant in Michael Lister's resonant new noir series Publisher's Weekly calls "a promising private detective series set in 1940s Florida," and Library Journal says "peppered with ...

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Overview

"Lister's hard-edged prose ranks with the best of contemporary noir fiction." Publisher's Weekly Starred Review of The Big Goodbye.

History, Mystery, and Romance

Walk the mean streets of wartime Panama City with Jimmy "Soldier" Riley, a wounded, woman-haunted knight errant in Michael Lister's resonant new noir series Publisher's Weekly calls "a promising private detective series set in 1940s Florida," and Library Journal says "peppered with snappy dialog, this hard-boiled mystery by award winner Lister is a swell read."

What really happened to Soldier and Lauren the night they left town?
Did they survive? Will their love?
What comes after saying the big goodbye?
Is there anything out there in the big beyond?

Someone's trying to kill PI Jimmy "Soldier" Riley. And he's inclined to let them. But before sleeping the big sleep and journeying to the undiscovered country to discover what dreams may come, there's blood work to be done.

Picking up right at the thrilling conclusion of The Big Goodbye, The Big Beyond finds Soldier near death with one hell of a big score to settle and more than a few injustices to square along the way-all while searching wartime Panama City for a dangerous serial killer who combines art and murder.

Stylish, retro, and highly entertaining, Michael Lister's The Big Beyond continues the romantic, mysterious, adventures of one of the most interesting and compelling classic hard-boiled detectives to come along in a very, very long time.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In an author’s note, Lister advises you to read 2011’s The Big Goodbye, his first PI Jimmy Riley mystery set in 1940s Panama City, Fla., before this strong sequel, which starts in the middle of things (“When they came to kill me, I was in no condition to defend myself”). The two men who capture Riley inject him with something that knocks him out. When Riley wakes up, he’s strapped naked to a bunk in “a dim dungeon-like room,” where a sinister woman applies electrodes to his penis. Two friends come to Riley’s rescue, one of whom, a Salvation Army nurse, hopes to gain his affections by making herself over into the image of his lost love, Lauren Lewis, who died in the previous book. For good measure, Lister tosses in a serial murder case involving bisected women arranged in artistic poses. The intense ending neatly sets up the next volume in what’s developing into a nicely gritty series. Agent: Amy Moore-Benson, AMB Literary Management. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781888146332
  • Publisher: Pulpwood Press
  • Publication date: 1/30/2013
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Lister

Michael Lister is a novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and playwright who lives in northwest Florida. A former prison chaplain, Michael is the author of the Blood series featuring prison chaplain/detective John Jordan. His second series features Jimmy "Soldier" Riley, a PI in Panama City during World War II (www.FloridaNoir.com). Michael also teaches college, operates a charity and community theater. www.MichaelLister.com

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  • Posted August 2, 2013

    Copy supplied by Netgalley for an unbiased review. I was drawn

    Copy supplied by Netgalley for an unbiased review.

    I was drawn to this book because of the Panama City, FL setting, as I live nearby. I read the first book in the series, The Big Goodbye, before reading this one. I had some of the same issues with this book that I did with the first one - the "tough guy" talk (think Jimmy Cagney/Humphrey Bogart) is laid on a bit thick, the angst over lost love is a bit overdone. Some of the issues were more noticeable this time around, especially the angst. I like a sensitive, grieving man of the '40's as much as the next gal, but after a while I felt like I was being bashed over the head with the anguish of lost love. And there were parts that were complete rehashing of segments of the first book. But I'll admit it probably wouldn't have bothered me as much if I hadn't read both books within a month.

    But despite those issues, there's a pretty decent story here, and a pretty decent mystery. And as with The Big Goodbye, there's a terrific sense of place, making me wish I could've been around the Panhandle before it became such a tourist destination. It ends with a cliffhanger - and yep, I'll probably read the next book to see where that goes.

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