Item description for The Dark Streets: A Jack Liffey Mystery (Jack Liffey Mysteries) by John Shannon...
The detective the Chicago Tribune declared "the most interesting since Walter Mosley's Easy Rawlins" himself goes missing.
The Dark Streets takes private investigator Jack Liffey to LA's glitzy, exotic Koreatown, where a young film student, Soon-Lin Kim, has apparently gone missing. Early in his search for her, Jack learns that Soon-Lin has been tangling with a giant Korean conglomerate.
Again, as in all the Liffey mysteries, the superbly-crafted action that makes John Shannon one of the most exciting detective-fiction writers on the California scene envelops Jack, and ultimately he finds himself under torturously intense interrogation at the secret compound of a private security agency---and for a climax as explosive as the violent lightning storm in the desert sky.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8" Weight: 0.66 lbs.
Release Date Apr 28, 2008
ISBN 1933648910 ISBN13 9781933648910
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More About John Shannon
John Shannon is one of America's leading writers of neo-noir. His Jack Liffey series of novels is one of the most critically praised mystery series in the genre. The Devils of Bakersfield is the tenth book in the series. Shannon lives in Los Angeles.
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More Jack Liffey and Less Maeve Dec 25, 2007
I read a positive review of Mr. Shannon's Jack Liffey Series in the New York or LA Times some time last year. I was sorry I had not come across the series before as I am very fond of mysteries that provide a strong sense of place e.g. Spencer and Boston. I began with the Liffey mystery Concrete River and then because I liked that one quite a lot bought the others - mostly going book by book through the series. I have been increasingly put off but the family stuff however. It just doesn't work for me. I am totally in favor of sub-plots (and like at least one or two to be included) but Mr. Liffey's ex-wife and his reckless obnoxious daughter just don't work for me. I inwardly groan every time they show up on the page. The Dark Streets is interesting and overall quite a good read, but the teen daughter's involvement with the Latino Gang-banger was disgusting and tedious. And now she is pregnant! (How dumb can this girl be!) I anticipate the (dumb obnoxious) daughter and her Gang-banger paramour to have an ever increasing presence in the Liffey series and perhaps their child will be included in the plot also. So unfortunately the Dark Streets and pregnant Maeve have ended my romance with this series.
Thoughtful mystery with a bite Sep 1, 2007
Jack Liffey doen't get Korean clients very often, but when an eighteen-year-old Korean girl goes missing, Jack is hired to bring her home. Liffey has his rules--he doesn't bring anyone home to abuse--but he normally gets the job done. Only something goes very wrong with this job almost from the beginning. The girl, Soon-Lin Kim had been involved in protests against a Los Angeles development that would, she thought, eliminate housing for a number of older people. To add insult to injury, the company behind the development was a Korean conglomerate that had once been involved in supplying Korean 'comfort women' (forced prostitutes) to the Japanese armies of World War II. At least one of the residents was a former comfort woman.
While Liffey looks for a missing girl, his own daughter, only a year or so younger than Soon-Lin, is having a crisis of her own. Her hormones are running strong and she's attracted to the gang member who lives next door to Liffey. Liffey is too busy to see Maeve's danger signs and when his girlfriend urges him to talk to his daughter, he accepts her assurance that all is well.
As Liffey investigates, he falls into the post-9/11 world where a single word from someone can lead to being disappeared.
Author John Shannon writes compellingly of the multiple cultures whose uneasy mingling makes up the culture of Los Angeles. Mexican gangs, first and second generation Koreans, and cops who sometimes seem to form a gang of their own fill the pages. Jack Liffey himself is a memorable character. Although he projects an air of cynicism, it's clear that he still hopes to make a difference--if not to the world at large, at least for those young people whom he rescues.
THE DARK STREETS is an uncomfortable book. In one scene, Gloria views a blackboard with the words 'THE SECRET TO COMBATING GANGS IS...' and 'CLICHE OF WEEK HERE.' That blackboard thematically captures the novel. From both the right and left, violent men attempt to apply simple solutions to complex problems--and Jack Liffey becomes the target for both.
John Shannon writes a complex and compelling mystery, where the past never seems quiet and where the future can be changed only in small steps. This is good stuff.
A Lively Liffey Feb 25, 2007
I happily welcome my favorite LA mystery character's return in this book that deals with very contemporary issues and some very old ones. This time he meets the LA Korean community as well as tangling with our Homeland Security guardians. The social issues of the Korean "comfort women" are mixed with the gang culture of East LA. This all adds to the highly engaging soap opera of the lives of the other wonderfully drawn continuing characters. I do worry about Maeve though!! If you're a John Shannon fan as I am, don't miss this one.