The Dame

The Dame

by Dave Zeltserman

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From the author of the groundbreaking critically acclaimed 'man out of prison' noir trilogy (Small Crimes, Pariah, Killer) comes an exciting new novella series mixing hardboiled crime with government conspiracy.

In this explosive followup to THE HUNTED, Dan Willis finds himself a fugitive and on the run from The Factory. When a misfit group of criminals recruits him to steal a priceless Dutch painting titled The Dame, it looks easy enough, at least until another dame gets into the picture. Then all hell breaks loose as double crosses pile up fast and furiously.


"as nasty and clever as noir can get...a dark gem of a story...a macabre delight to read" NPR's Fresh Air

"Zeltserman is the author of increasingly accomplished crime novels, distinguished by spare and crisp prose, believable dialogue, imaginative plot twists and tightly wound characters who don''t wear out their welcome." Newsday

"deserves comparison with the best of James Ellroy." Publishers Weekly, starred review

"There's a new name to add to the pantheon of the sons and daughters of Cain: Dave Zeltserman. His new novel, Small Crimes, is ingeniously twisted and imbued with a glossy coating of black humor... The plot of Small Crimes ricochets out from [its] claustrophobic opening, and it's a thing of sordid beauty." Maureen Corrigan for NPR's Best Books of 2008

"Harrowing. Zeltserman colors it black with the best of them." Kirkus Reviews

"A strong piece of work, lean and spare, but muscular where a noir novel should be." The Boston Globe

"If there's any other young writer out there who does crime noir better than Zeltserman, I don't even want to know...I'd say Zeltserman can't top Pariah for its sheer diabolical inventiveness, but he probably will." The Washington Post

"Small Crimes proves a deft entry in the tradition that goes back to Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me, James M. Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice and Charles Willeford's High Priest of California -- small masterpieces celebrating the psychopath as a grinning archetype, as American as apple pie." Sun-Sentinel

"Pariah is sure to catapult Zeltserman head and shoulders above other Boston authors. This is not only a great crime book, but a gripping read that will crossover to allow greater exposure for this rising talent." BOOKGASM

"This novel [Killer] is everything hard-boiled fiction should be - compact, direct and disciplined, and concerned with humans rather than stereotypes. It is also, for all its violent subject matter, a quietly told story, which makes its tension all the more intense" Mat Coward, Morning Star

"A dark, lightening-paced read" Financial Times

"A small gem of crime fiction" Booklist

"DAVE Zeltserman is one of the new, highly original voices in crime fiction, his writing spare, disciplined and concrete. His plots are as original as anyone writing hard-boiled fiction with an attractive noir edge, and always grimly entertaining." The Australian

"I've been crazy about Dave Zeltserman's books since the beginning; Fast Lane was an early Hardboiled Pick. His trilogy of Small Crimes, Pariah, and Killer should be indispensable to the reading list of any follower of modern noir fiction. This latest book [Outsource] simply kicks ass and is one of the most fun and twisted reads I've had in ages." Patrick Millikin, Poisoned Pen Bookstore

"It's the kind of book that is going to spoil whatever I read next, as it's going to be found wanting compared to this. This is a book that anyone with even the slightest interest in the crime or thriller genres simply must get their hands on, as it's bound to have a huge impact on you." The Bookbag

"Pariah is all I know of bliss and lament. Bliss at reading a superb novel, and lament at Knowing that Zeltserman has now raised the bar so high, we're screwed." Ken Bruen, author of The Guards

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014382571
Publisher: Top Suspense Books
Publication date: 05/29/2012
Series: The Hunted Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 241 KB

About the Author

Dave Zeltserman is the Shamus award winning author of 'Julius Katz', and the Ellery Queen's Readers Choice Award winner for 'Archie's Been Framed'. His 'man out of prison' crime noir series features the novels Small Crimes, Pariah and Killer, with Small Crimes being selected by NPR as one of the five best crime novels of 2008 and by the Washington Post as one of the best novels of 2008, and Pariah selected by the Washington Post as one of the best novels of 2009. His novel The Caretaker of Lorne Field was short listed by the ALA for best horror novel of 2010 as well as being nominated for a Black Quill Award for best dark genre novel of the year. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Dave attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, and after graduating with a BS in Applied Math and Computer Science, returned back to the Boston area where he continues to reside with his wife, Judy. After spending 20 years developing network management software for several of the world's leading technology companies, he now splits his time between writing crime fiction and studying martial arts, where he holds a black belt in Kung Fu. His crime novels Outsourced and A Killer's Essence have both been optioned for film.

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