Telegraph Hill

Telegraph Hill

by John Nardizzi

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Telegraph Hill by John Nardizzi

"Telegraph Hill" has gathered rave reviews from readers and reviewers for spot-on riffs on San Francisco, and brilliant crime writing in the vein of Parker and Lehane.

Private detective Ray Infantino searches for a missing girl named Tania. The case takes him to San Francisco, the city he abandoned years ago after his fiance was murdered. Thrust into his old city haunts, Ray finds that Tania may not be lost at all. Tania saw a murder; and a criminal gang, the Black Fist Triad, wants to make sure she never sees anything again.

Ray enlists help from an old flame, Dominique, but now he has three women on his mind. Meeting with various witnesses--ex-cops, prostitutes, skinheads--he relentlessly tracks the evidence. But the hunt for Tania fires his obsession with avenging the murder of his fiance. When the triad retaliates, and blood begins to flow, Ray must walk the knife edge between revenge and redemption on the streets of San Francisco.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016781815
Publisher: US iNDiE Books
Publication date: 11/11/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 221
Sales rank: 1,136,994
File size: 448 KB

About the Author

John Nardizzi is a writer and investigator. His fictional detective, Ray Infantino, first appeared in print in Austin Layman's Crimestalkers Casebook. "Telegraph Hill" is the first novel featuring Infantino. Many details from the book are loosely based on legal cases John handled in San Francisco's tough Tenderloin District and around the country.

"Powerhouse Blues" is the second book in the Infantino series and will be published in 2016. Ray Infantino takes on the case of a man who falls afoul of rogue cops and a Boston gangster, who frame him for a murder on the Boston waterfront.

Some early ideas—poems and short sketches—came from walking Nob Hill through the Tenderloin. An incredible mix of wealth and poverty in a short space, there was some vibrant poetry bubbling up from the streets—Hollywood Billiards, bars like the Driftwood, Motherlode, taco joints, Original Joe's, poetry readings at Yakety Yak Cafe and the Royal.

John has publishing credits in numerous professional and literary journals, including San Diego Writer's Monthly, Oxygen, Liberty Hill Poetry Review, Lawyers Weekly and PI Magazine.

In 2003, John founded Nardizzi & Assocs., Inc., a private detective agency in Boston. His investigations on behalf of people wrongfully convicted of crimes led to million dollar settlements for clients like Dennis Maher, Scott Hornoff, and the estate of Kenneth Waters, whose story was featured in the 2010 film Conviction.

Prior to working as a PI, John worked as a landscaper, law clerk, and in athletic clubs. He failed to hold any restaurant job for longer than a week.

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JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In his debut novel, Telegraph Hill, author John F. Nardizzi weaves an exciting crime fiction thriller that transports the reader to the seedy side of San Francisco as they follow Boston private investigator Ray Infantino on his latest case. Ray is hired to find a missing Chinese woman in San Francisco. This will be his first trip back to San Francisco in over five years since the murder of his fiancee Diana at the hands of a white supremacist group. While searching for the missing woman, Tania Kong, a prostitute who was a witness to a murder by The Black Fist Triad, a Chinese crime gang, he continues his own personal investigation into his fiancee's murder with the help of his old flame, Dominique Arnello. Dangerous criminal activities lurks around every corner of the gritty Tenderloin neighborhood ... will Ray solve the case of the missing woman, and his own personal need to seek revenge for his fiancee's death? Telegraph Hill is an intriguing novel that easily draws the reader into private investigator Ray Infantino's investigative adventures. This fast-paced crime thriller transports the reader back and forth between Boston and San Francisco as Ray works to solve the complex mystery of the missing prostitute, and his own personal investigation into his fiancee's murder. There's enough action and suspenseful twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing what will happen next as the investigations unfold on the gritty streets of San Francisco. Author John Nardizzi utilizes his extensive legal and investigative experience to weave a thrilling tale that takes the reader on one hell of a roller coaster ride. He captures the essence of the settings with a very detailed descriptions of the sights and sounds of both Boston and San Francisco. You can't help but feel like you are walking the streets with Ray as he goes about his investigations. There is a great mixture of intensity and humor to Ray's character, plus a quirky cast of supporting characters, witty dialogue and dramatic interactions, and a riveting multi-layered and complex storyline that easily keeps the reader's attention throughout the whole book. If you are looking for a riveting dark noiresque crime thriller featuring a snazzy private investigator that will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat in suspense, then Telegraph Hill is the perfect book to read this summer!
VicG More than 1 year ago
John F. Nardizzi in his new book, “Telegraph Hill” published by Merrimack Media introduces us to Ray Infantino. From the back cover:   In Telegraph Hill, private detective Ray Infantino searches for a missing girl named Tania. The case takes him to San Francisco, the city he abandoned years ago after his fiance was murdered. Thrust into his old city haunts, Ray finds that Tania may not be lost at all. Tania saw a murder; and a criminal gang, the Black Fist Triad, wants to make sure she never sees anything again. Ray enlists help from an old flame, Dominique, but now he has three women on his mind. Meeting with various witnesses — ex-cops, prostitutes, skinheads — he relentlessly tracks the evidence. But the hunt for Tania fires his obsession with avenging the murder of his fiance. When the triad retaliates, and blood There is something about San Francisco that causes private investigators there to be different from private investigators in Los Angeles.  Must be the hills or the fog or maybe a combination.  Ray Infantino is a modern day P.I. that behaves like the classic P.I.’s which is just terrific.  The case he is working on brings him back to San Francisco and that is when a simple case of a missing girl takes on epic qualities.  Seedy back alleys, narrow escapes, lots of women, a murder, the Triad and revenge are all ingredients in this action investigative thriller that not only puts Ray’s life at stake but others as well.  “Telegraph Hill” is very exciting and quite a page-turner.  I am actually hoping that Mr. Nardizzi gives us another adventure with Ray Infantino. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
MissRead13 More than 1 year ago
Nardizzi's novel will grasp readers full attention as soon as they begin this thrilling adventure. The author whisks us back and forth between Boston and San Francisco as we attempt to unearth a complex mystery. It's fast-paced and jam-packed with action and suspense. A couple of chuckles along the way soften the blow of extreme details that are spot on thanks to Nardizzi's former experience as an investigator. There's even room for a sequel to this debut once we reach the jaw-dropping finish. Fans of crime novels will be talking about this one for a long time.
David-The-Reviewer More than 1 year ago
elegraph Hill is the first novel by John Nardizzi. In this volume we are introduced to Mr. Nardizzi’s private eye Ray Infantino who runs a successful office in Boston. The novel opens with a murder. A chinese mobster is gunned down by rivals on a hotel rooftop in San Francisco. In the next scene we meet Infantino. Nardizzi is obviously a fan of the great hardboiled detective novels. Infantino is Nardizzi’s addition to the genre. Infantino is hired to find a missing chinese girl. Seems like a simple case. Rich girl runs off, rich parents want to find her, they want it kept low key. Sounds simple. That is until Infantino leaves the lawyers office. The lawyer then makes a mysterious phone call and it looks like he is signing Infantino’s death warrant as soon as the girl is found. The girl in question Tania Kong. In her time in America she has become a high priced escort in San Francisco. She was unlucky enough to have been on the site when the Chinese mobster was gunned down on page 1. She is on the run. The triad has dozens of killers on the lookout for her. Will Infantino be able to find her before the triads do? Will they both be able to escape whatever the client is planning? In addition to the main story line Infantino is also working on a private matter. A few years earlier his girlfriend was killed in a bomb blast meant for him. The case has never been solved and he wants answers. He believes that the bomber is from a white supremacist group that he was investigating. Now he is back in San Francisco and he intends to finish this case. This is a good first novel. The plot moves quickly and the dialogue is very good. Nardizzi tends to overdo the narration at times, the desire to get that classic noir feel sometimes feels a little wooden. The well written dialogue shows that the author definitely has skill and I have no doubt that over the course of future books this quality will only continue to grow and shine. Hardboiled fiction is difficult to write well. By its nature it can lead to excess or cardboard cutout characters and events. This is avoided with great skill. While a 250 page novel doesn’t give a lot of room to go into great character depth you do get a feel that these characters are real and you want to get to know them better. Infantino is a likable character and he seems to have a good supporting cast. I definitely look forward to reading more novels about Ray Infantino. If you love hardboiled detective novels then this is a fun way to spend some reading time. 
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