A Time of Predators

A Time of Predators

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ISBN-13: 9780765310514
Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date: 03/01/2005
Series: Otto Penzler Presents Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.02(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Joe Gores is the author of the acclaimed DKA series of street-level crime and detection, as well as the stunning suspense novels Dead Man and Menaced Assassin. Born in 1931, he served in the U.S. Army writing biographies of generals at the Pentagon, was educated at the University of Notre Dame and Stanford, and spent twelve years as a San Francisco private investigator. The author of dozens of novels, screenplays, and television scripts, he has won three Edgar Allan Poe Awards and Japan's Maltese Falcon Award. He lives in northern California.

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A Time of Predators 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Ronrose More than 1 year ago
Joe Gores'first novel is a winner. It grabbed the Edgar Award for Best First Novel of 1970. It is a very hard hitting, eye opening story of the transformation of a middle aged college professor, who's wife commits suicide after being raped in her home, by a gang of teenage predators. The professor, at first unaware of his wife's rape, tries unsuccessfully to get the police to conduct a thorough investigation of his wife's death. The book follows his transformation in gut wrenching scenes as he struggles with his wife's death, his search for her killers and his own predatory instincts. A great read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Thirty-six years old Paula Halstead met Rockwell on the bus because both of them were holding brochures to the opening of the San Francisco Spring Opera. At the Greyhound Station, she waits for her spouse Curt to arrive while Rockwell walks towards a car. A gang of four drunken teens on a lark viciously attack the blond. Paula pleads with them to stop, but they don¿t until Curt arrives. They flee the scene, but leave behind a blinded victim; Paula pukes up her guts at the horrific sight. Rick Dean realizes Paula could identify him and his associates. They learn she is the wife of Los Feliz University anthropology Professor Curtis Halstead. The quartet plan to insure she says nothing so they obtain her home address and pay a visit. They viciously beat her, threaten her, and rape her. When they leave, unable to cope she slashes her wrists.--- The cops fail him so Curt knows he must find, torture, and execute the four punks who destroyed his life. He hires a PI who meets with no success either. Curt concludes he must descend to the underbelly of society to confront the killers on their terms, which he obsessively is determined to do.--- This is a reprint of an award winning 1969 tale that holds up quite nicely though feels like a historical. The story line is character driven whether it is Rick, Curt or Paula, but within an action-packed dark plot. The then rookie Joe Gores showcased a pessimistic San Franciscan society with his no SF elements version of Clockwork Orange meets Hammett.--- Harriet Klausner