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Unabridged, 12 CDs, 15 1/2 hours

Read by Erik Davies

A new book in the series that wowed critics and was a national bestseller-featuring the mysterious David Loogan.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Dolan follows Bad Things Happen, his acclaimed debut, with a riveting crime novel also featuring Ann Arbor, Mich., amateur sleuth David Loogan, editor of the mystery magazine Gray Streets. When Loogan finds a manuscript outside his office door—a story about three murders, two already committed and one still being planned—he instantly realizes it's not a work of fiction but a declaration from the murderer of two local men. With the help of his police detective girlfriend, Elizabeth Waishkey, Loogan uncovers an elaborate, at times convoluted conspiracy including criminals involved in a 17-year-old bank robbery gone wrong, an adulterous statesman, a paranormal fantasy novelist turned tabloid journalist, and a charismatic politician running for the Senate. As the body count rises, the intrepid Loogan gets closer to the truth—and closer to becoming the killer's next victim. Relentless pacing, a wry sense of humor, and an engaging protagonist add up to another winner for Dolan. Author tour. (July)
Library Journal
David Loogan is back, still working as editor of the mystery magazine Gray Streets. All's well until he trips over a manuscript outside his door that opens with the sentence "I killed Henry Kormoran." And it's not fiction. Dolan's 2009 debut, Bad Things Happen, met with success, so many thriller fans will be looking for this one.
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A second mind-bending case for Ann Arbor editor David Loogan that begins just as simply and ominously and takes the reader on just as wild a journey.

Anthony Lark's mission is simple: to kill three of the men involved in a fatally botched bank robbery 17 years ago. He's already dispatched two of his targets—an impressive feat, considering that one of them, Terry Dawtrey, is serving 30 years in Kinross Prison—when he identifies them both and announces his third, nurse practitioner Sutton Bell, in an anonymous letter to Loogan (Bad Things Happen,2009), who promptly shares it with his ladylove, police detective Elizabeth Waishkey. The timely intervention of aspiring tabloid reporter Lucy Navarro saves Bell from Lark's initial attempt and gives Dolan a chance to fill in some back story. Lark's motives are obscure, but they have something to do with U.S. Senate candidate Callie Spencer, whose father Harlan was the Chippewa County Sheriff shot and paralyzed in the bank robbery and whose father-in-law, John Casterbridge, is the senator she hopes to succeed. Lark keeps coming nerve-wrackingly close to killing Bell; Loogan and Elizabeth keep coming heartbreakingly close to catching Lark; and yet the tale still goes on. To divulge any more about the plot would spoil some of the dozens of surprises Dolan springs. But it's not too much to say that nearly every cast member, however minor, is complicit in some crime; that nearly every one, even though they're all rooted in excruciatingly familiar generic types, gets a chance to reveal unexpected depths; and that Dolan mixes his pitches with an ace's judgment, steadily complicating Lark's quest while keeping the psychology of his characters considerably more plausible than in Loogan's equally baroque debut.

The rare crime novel with something for everyone who reads crime fiction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142429372
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/7/2011
  • Series: David Loogan Series , #2
  • Format: CD
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry Dolan

Harry Dolan graduated from Colgate University, where he majored in philosophy and studied fiction-writing with the novelist Frederick Busch. He earned a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently works as a freelance editor. He grew up in Rome, New York, and now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his partner Linda Randolph.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    A Fantastic Novel!

    I'll make this short, but ultimately very sweet... VERY BAD MEN by Harry Dolan is one of the most satisfying novels I've read in a long time. Why? Good question. Answers abound below... I first heard of Mr. Dolan when I spontaneously picked up a copy of his previous novel, BAD THINGS HAPPEN. I literally saw that book on a display, picked it up, read the jacket synopsis and thought it seemed interesting enough. Plus, I like giving new authors a shot. I read the book in one sitting and passed it on to friends and family, with glowing praise. The story of David Loogan and his complicated life was terse, energetic, passionate and clever. Now, when I say something is "clever," I mean it. I don't give that compliment very often. I liked everything about BAD THINGS HAPPEN and eagerly awaited the follow-up, VERY BAD MEN. I picked up VERY BAD MEN the day it came out, and read it as my schedule allowed...which was never often enough for my taste! David Loogan, Elizabeth and Sarah melded into a wonderful team (no spoilers here...you'll have to read it to see what I mean). Mr. Dolan's writing style is instantly accessible. Anyone who picks up one of his books will enjoy the tone and the overall feel of the prose. It's hard to describe just how much FUN it is to read his novels. And this novel is just as "clever" as his first. I've read that some folks thought the author let the last few pages/chapters "get away from him" or that there were too many twists at the end. I strongly disagree. One thing that I learned reading the earlier novel was that in David Loogan's world, there's always something "more" to an issue/situation...nothing is ever as simple as it seems. Yet it's not presented in an "over-done" way. If this makes any sense: the twists aren't really twists at all...they're simply the truth taking longer to show itself. It's a "brainy" book in disguise...never condescending, yet never pandering. Your brain will truly enjoy the read. I really want to discuss the book more in depth, but I don't want to ruin it for anyone who is planning on reading it. In general, just be assured that it's well-written, well-plotted and frankly, a hell of a ride! I look forward to Mr. Dolan's future work.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Long Live Harry Dolan and David Loogan!

    The Barnes & Noble Mystery Lovers Book Club all agree: Harry needs to keep writing! We all loved this book! Just as you're thinking you know "who done it," another character steps into the starring role! the plot is fast paced, the characters are complex and well-developed and the story line is suspenseful -- page-turning. We decided Harry is a master of mis-direction and he even leaves the reader with a surprise at the end of the book. Don't miss this one! Sue Malone

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    Very Bad Men a Must Read

    Very Bad Men By Harry Dolan is a very good book. This mystery is an easy read with a twisted plot, complicated and believable characters with wit and humor. Due to Dolan's great writing skills this book moves smoothly forward. Suddenly,I have a new favorite author. Try it you will like it.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

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    Outstanding

    In Ann Arbor, Michigan David Loogan is the editor of Gray Streets mystery magazine. He lives with Police Detective Elizabeth Waishkey and her daughter Sarah. Someone leaves a manuscript outside the Gray Streets mystery magazine office. The story line focuses on two previous homicides; that of Henry Kormoran of Ann Arbor, and Terry Dawtrey who he killed when he got him temporarily released from prison to attend his father's funeral after Lark murdered the old man. Those already actually occurred and a third is about to happen, that of Sutton Bell of Ann Arbor.

    Elizabeth and David realize the link between this trio and author Anthony Lark is a Sault Sainte Marie bank robbery seventeen years ago. As Loogan investigates the disappearance of a reporter associated with the case and Waishkey tracks the serial killer, the raging paranoid Lark adds the editor, the cop and the daughter to his list of those needing his murderous attention.

    The two L's Lark and Logan makes this Michigan amateur sleuth mystery fun to read as the former is an intelligent but violent avenging killer and the latter works the manuscript as Bad Things Happen to Very Bad Men but he hopes not to a very diligent editor. Witty and filled with twists, Elizabeth sums up the investigations when she tells Loogan he knows how to charm people; readers will know so does Lark with a tire iron.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Kept me up late and not quite a 5 star

    Very Bad Men as well as Bad men by Mr. Dolan are excellent. Did not skip one single paragraph or page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    Read it

    Amazing and easy reaf

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  • Posted June 27, 2012

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    Very Bad Men

    This new novel from the author of the acclaimed “Bad Things Happen,” his writing debut, has no ‘sophomore book’ problems. “Very Bad Men” immediately engages the reader, and one is quickly drawn into this compelling tale of murder, specifically, the murder of two men who were part of a bank robbery seventeen years ago, and the attempted murder of a third. All three men had been convicted, and served jail time of varying lengths. But what could be the motive? These three men had not seen nor contacted one another in all the intervening years. And the killer – for his identity is quickly revealed – is not a cool, professional hit man; that is immediately made clear.

    David Loogan, the editor-in-chief of a mystery magazine, receives, in a plain, unmarked envelope, what at first glance appears to be a manuscript, only several pages long, bearing no signature, the first line of which reads “I killed Henry Kormoran . . . “ Loogan, who lives with his ‘significant other,’ Elizabeth Waishkey, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, detective, and her precocious 16-year-old daughter, ultimately begins a kind of parallel and unofficial investigation.

    Each character in the novel is wonderfully well-drawn. These include the killer, who suffers from synesthesia, a rare affliction which results in a confusion of the senses, with words taking on dimensions far beyond their ‘normal’ printed appearance, according to his emotional reaction to them; Lucy Navarro, a young and rather endearing reporter, who comes up with a bizarre theory of the motive for the crimes; assorted politicians and their ‘handlers, among others. The writer invokes some wildly disparate images: Occam and his razor, Aristotle, jazz musician Charlie Parker; mystery authors Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly; and a theme: “We all want to be known. To be seen for who we really are.” There are carefully placed, and easily missed clues, and startling and unexpected twists in this rather complex and engrossing novel, which is recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

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    Crackling good literary crime fiction

    I always know I will enjoy a book from the Amy Einhorn Books imprint of Putnam Books. Most of the ones I have read are by female authors- Kathryn Stockett's The Help, Sarah Blake's The Postmistress, Eleanor Brown's The Weird Sisters, and Liane Moriarty's What Alice Forgot. All of these books have strong female protagonists, which is part of the appeal for me. The latest book from the imprint has a male protagonist- Harry Dolan's Very Bad Men. It is the second novel in the series featuring David Loogan, an editor for a mystery magazine who lives with Elizabeth, a detective, and her teenage daughter Sarah, in Michigan. Loogan gets drawn into the case of Anthony Lark, a man who has murdered two men and is on his way to murdering another. All of the dead men were involved 17 years ago with a bank robbery that went bad, leaving a robber and a cop dead, and another cop paralyzed from the waist down. The story is told mainly from the points of view of Loogan and Lark. Both men are interesting characters, and seeing the story from each of their perspectives makes this a much stronger book. Senate candidate Callie Spencer, whose father is the paralyzed cop, is involved in the murders. But is she a target, a participant in the murders, or is Lark trying to protect her? Lucy Navarro, a reporter for a tabloid newspaper, is snooping around, and Loogan becomes her protector of sorts. When she gets too close to the truth and disappears, Loogan gets angry. Dolan takes care to create fully realized characters. I particularly enjoyed his portraits of the teenagers; Elizabeth's daughter Sarah, and Nick, the teenage son and brother of two of Lark's targets, were really on the money for me. The mystery of why Lark is killing these men is complicated and the reason really comes out of left field. I have to say I had absolutely no idea where it would end up, but it was a crazy trip getting there. If the author left clues as to what motivated Lark to kill, I did not pick them up. I found it satisfying that I really did not know where he was going until the end. This novel is crackling good literary crime fiction; it put me in mind of Sara Paretsky's novels. I'm going to seek out the first novel in the series and anxiously await the third one.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

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    Disappointing

    It seems that the more blurbs on the back cover from famous authors, the more disappointing the novel. I didn't get a free advance copy. What I got was a book that read pretty good, occasionally going off track. but around page 350 I began to feel like I was in a car with a drunk driver. The story started going all over the place, wild tangents that didn't make sense. We were running off the road. The story became so utterly ridiculous that I felt insulted that I had suffered the first 350 pages only to get to this. We didn't crash, but it wasn't the good ride it started out to be. Disappointing.

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