A Nasty Piece of Work: A Novel

A Nasty Piece of Work: A Novel

by Robert Littell
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A Nasty Piece of Work: A Novel by Robert Littell

A master of the spy genre, Robert Littell turns his formidable skills towards crime fiction in A Nasty Piece of Work.

Former CIA agent Lemuel Gunn left the battlefield of Afghanistan for early retirement in the desert of New Mexico, where he works as a private investigator from the creature comforts, such as they are, of a mobile home.

Into his life comes Ornella Neppi, a thirtysomething woman making a hash out of her uncle's bail bonds business. The source of her troubles, Emilio Gava, was arrested for buying cocaine. She has reason to believe he is planning to jump bail. For $95 a day plus expenses (not to mention the pleasure of her company), Gunn agrees to help Ornella track down the wayward suspect. Curiously, no photographs of Gava seem to exist, and once Gunn begins his manhunt, he starts to wonder whether Gava himself existed in the first place.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250054630
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 668,565
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Robert Littell is the author of seventeen previous novels and the nonfiction book For the Future of Israel, written with Shimon Peres, president of Israel. He has been awarded both the Gold Dagger and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his fiction. His novel The Company was a New York Times bestseller and was adapted into a television miniseries. A television series based on his novel Legends premiered on TNT in 2014. He lives in France.

Hometown:

Martel, France

Date of Birth:

January 8, 1935

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, New York

Education:

B.A., Alfred University, 1956

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A Nasty Piece of Work: A Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Lemuel Gunn, now a private detective in New Mexico, once was a CIA agent in Afghanistan before being unceremoniously sent home and cashiered out of the service, and, before that, a policeman in New Jersey. While he holds a PI license, he basically whiles his time away in a gigantic trailer built for Douglas Fairbanks Jr. while he was making a movie. That is, until one day he is approached by Ornella Neppi, a beautiful but tarnished bail bondswoman who put up $150,000 to spring one Emilio Gava after he was arrested on a cocaine charge. Her problem (and she has lots of them) is that Gava has skipped town and she is in danger of losing the funds if he doesn’t show up in court. She asks Gunn to find Gava, and he undertakes the task. And what an adventure it becomes. The author, known for his spy thrillers, has proved he can write a detective novel with the best of them, with excellent characters, unexpected plot turns, and interesting human emotions. The plot keeps moving forward at a steady pace, and even the description of a My Lai-type massacre in the present-day Asian action is startling. Recommended.
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Not too bad a mystery story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book by Littell I have read -- probably the last