|Mobtown (2002) [Novel]|
by Jack Kelly
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(From the publisher):
Writing with the deft skill of Elmore Leonard and James Ellroy, but adding a noirish twist all his own, Jack Kelly sets his new novel in Rochester, New York, circa 1959. Kelly's Rochester is a dark and glamorous place, not unlike Los Angeles in the forties-filled with dapper mobsters and slightly dnagerous, mysterious women. Rochester is home to, among others, gangsters, a dead heiress, and a savvy private detective named Ike Van Savage, a man who says about himself: "Some people want their lives predictable. You go to work, come home, no surprises...I wasn't like that...I needed creeps pawing teenagers and gangsters torching houses and mystery women cooing danger over the phone."
Enter a beautiful woman in the flesh, the wife of a notorious local gangster, who believes her husband is out to kill her. Van Savage takes the case dispite its dangers-perhaps even because of them-and finds himself drawn into a dark world of seduction, suspicion and violence.
Original title: Mobtown