The Dead Beat Scroll

The Dead Beat Scroll

by Mark Coggins

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Private investigator August Riordan returns to San Francisco to avenge the death of his friend and one-time partner, Chris Duckworth. Duckworth has taken over Riordan's old business, his old office and even his old apartment, and Riordan suspects Duckworth's death is linked to the missing person case he was working when he died.

An alluring young woman named Angelina hired Duckworth to look for her half-sister, but what Riordan finds instead is a murderous polyamorous family intent on claiming a previously unknown manuscript from dead Beat writer Jack Kerouac.

Following clues from Duckworth and a trail of mutilated bodies left by the family, Riordan soon realizes that avenging his partner will first involve recovering the manuscript—and then saving Angelina and himself from kidnap, torture and death. As the bodies pile up, Riordan must work with old allies and enemies to untangle Duckworth's last case before time runs out.


"Slick, sardonic and suspenseful—everything a great thriller should be." —Lee Child, bestselling author of the Jack Reacher novels

"Fast-paced excursion into the remnants of San Francisco's lost bohemia...Alternately comic, sad, lurid, impossible, blasphemous, and just plain fun." —Domenic Stansberry, Edgar Award-winning author of the North Beach Mystery Series

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163094035
Publisher: Down & Out Books
Publication date: 09/16/2019
Series: August Riordan , #7
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 530,837
File size: 6 MB

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The Dead Beat Scroll 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SharoninAZ 3 months ago
Fun! That's how I would describe The Dead Beat Scroll. This is my first introduction to private investigator August Riordan, who has just returned to San Francisco to discover the truth about the murder of his former partner and friend, Chris. Chris had taken over August's PI agency and was mostly working on cyber cases, so why had he been found in a sleazy massage parlor? Not exactly the kind of place a gay man like Chris would be hanging out. In his search for the truth, August meets Chris's last client, Angelina, who was searching for her half-sister. The trail leads to a bizarre cast of characters, including a polyamorous family, a Chinese ganglord, a massage worker/manicurist, to name a few. It also leads to a manuscript written in a scroll by Beat writer Jack Kerouac. What more could a reader want? Like I said, fun!! It's a fast-paced book and a wild ride. My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me an advance digital copy in return for an honest review.