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The Immortal Game
     

The Immortal Game

by Mark Coggins
 

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When the world's most innovative computer chess software is stolen, wisecracking, jazz bass-playing PI August Riordan is hired to find it.

Sifting through a San Francisco peopled with bruising, ex-NFL henchmen, transvestite techno geeks, and alluring, drug-addicted dominatrices, Riordan has got his work cut out for him.

But with a smart-ass attitude like Riordan's

Overview

When the world's most innovative computer chess software is stolen, wisecracking, jazz bass-playing PI August Riordan is hired to find it.

Sifting through a San Francisco peopled with bruising, ex-NFL henchmen, transvestite techno geeks, and alluring, drug-addicted dominatrices, Riordan has got his work cut out for him.

But with a smart-ass attitude like Riordan's, nothing is easy ...

A darkly comic sojourn through a town unrecognizable from the Tony Bennett song and the Rice-a-Roni ads, The Immortal Game is a Shamus and Barry award nominee and a San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year.

Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle
THE IMMORTAL GAME...is smart, stylish, sexy and amusingly insouciant. It's a true find, a well-written and sophisticated addition to the heralded San Francisco private-detective story.
Detroit Free Press
This is a superb new take on a classic mystery form.
Ellen McGarrahan
“Smart, stylish, sexy and amusingly insouciant. It's a true find, a well-written and sophisticated addition to the heralded San Francisco private-detective story … a panoramic tour de force.”
Lev Raphael
“Gritty … seamy … very, very funny. [Coggins] has given the form fresh life.”
Larry Gandle
“One of the best books of the year. It is truly a winner on many levels … Reminiscent of golden age detective novels, this book is a true gem.”
Fred Zackel
“The ride through the mean streets of San Francisco is a voyeur's delight.”
David Rife
“August Riordan takes the reader on a wisecracking, action-packed ramble through San Francisco's kinky sex milieux, including S/M and bondage emporia.”
National Public Radio - Lev Raphael
�Gritty � seamy � very, very funny. [Coggins] has given the form fresh life.�
January Magazine - Fred Zackel
�The ride through the mean streets of San Francisco is a voyeur's delight.�
San Francisco Chronicle - Ellen McGarrahan
�Smart, stylish, sexy and amusingly insouciant. It's a true find, a well-written and sophisticated addition to the heralded San Francisco private-detective story � a panoramic tour de force.�
Deadly Pleasures - Larry Gandle
�One of the best books of the year. It is truly a winner on many levels � Reminiscent of golden age detective novels, this book is a true gem.�
Jazz Fiction: A History and Comprehensive Reader's Guide - David Rife
�August Riordan takes the reader on a wisecracking, action-packed ramble through San Francisco's kinky sex milieux, including S/M and bondage emporia.�

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781453747582
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
08/11/2010
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Coggins studied creative writing with Tobias Wolff and Ron Hansen at Stanford University and wrote the first story featuring his series character August Riordan in a class taught by Hansen. This story, "There's No Such Thing as Private Eyes," was later published in The New Black Mask, a revival of Black Mask, the famous pulp magazine that thrived in the 30s and 40s.

His books have been nominated for the Shamus and the Barry crime fiction awards and have been selected for best of the year lists compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Detroit Free Press and Amazon.com, among others.

Three of his novels have been translated for foreign markets. RUNOFF won the Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Mystery/Suspense category, THE BIG WAKE-UP won the Independent Publisher Book Award in the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller category and THE IMMORTAL GAME was optioned for a film. His work has been collected for the California History Room by the California State Library and the San Francisco History Center by the San Francisco Public Library.

Mark lives in San Francisco with his wife Linda and their cat Taki.

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