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Runoff (August Riordan) [Hardcover]

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When her hand-picked mayoral candidate fails even to carry the predominantly Chinese precincts, Leonora Lee--the all-powerful "Dragon Lady" of San Francisco's Chinatown--hires private eye August Riordan to investigate the possibility that someone has rigged the election by hacking the city's newly installed touch-screen voting machines.

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Pages   302
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.65" Width: 6.97" Height: 1.13"
Weight:   1.18 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 20, 2007
Publisher   Bleak House Books
ISBN  1932557539  
ISBN13  9781932557534  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Coggins earned two degrees and a Phi Beta Kappa key from Stanford University. He has worked for a number of Silicon Valley computer and venture capital firms, including Netscape Communications and three software start-ups.

Mark Coggins currently resides in San Francisco, in the state of California. Mark Coggins was born in 1957.

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Entertaining, insightful, and smart (mouthed!)  Mar 3, 2008
In the guise of a fast-paced, entertaining and fun murder mystery, author Mark Coggins offers insight into the pitfalls of electronic voting. Rigging an election might be easier today than it was in the days of paper ballots. Also, August Riordan is one smart-mouthed private detective. His sarcastic remarks had me chortling and laughing from beginning to end.
Another Coggins Homerun  Feb 28, 2008
Coggins has hit yet another one out of the ballpark. August Riordan is back, in all his raw, macho and endearing glory, and this time we get to enter the exciting, glamorous and mysterious world of Chinatown-in that beautiful city by the Bay. Runoff has it all---plot, unforgettable characters, suspense, San Fran locales, and romance. August is hired by the "Dragon Lady" (one amazing and complex character, who just happens to have a beautiful daughter) to investigate a possible fixed election...which opens up new worlds of danger and intrigue for Riordan and for us. I did not want this book to end, but alas it did now I must wait once again for Coggins' next thriller. Don't miss's a winner!
They Left Their Votes in San Francisco  Dec 20, 2007
August Riordan has now appeared in four novels in this series, and if Runoff is any indication, it is a wonder how he's made it this far. In the space of 260 pages, he is knifed, shot, hit with a meat cleaver down to the bone, jumps off roofs, among other hazards, and just goes on as if nothing had happened. But, I guess, all that goes with the territory of a PI. August also plays bass in a jazz quartet (also not so unusual; after all, Sherlock Holmes played the violin).

With nothing to do, August stakes out bank ATMs which are being hijacked, in an attempt to capture the thief and collect a posted reward. Then he is retained by the Dragon Lady, a rich Chinese woman with a finger in a lot of pots, including an art gallery and a newspaper, among other things. She has a beautiful daughter who provides an interesting diversion. August is asked to investigate the possibility that a Mayoral election was "fixed," causing the Chinese candidate to come in third. The two leading candidates, supported by opposing forces, then are in a runoff to take place in just a few days.

The assignment leads August and his sidekick in myriad directions and dangers. Various possibilities surround a new touch voting-screen system used for the first time in the City by the Sea. The novel is written in the customary attributes of the genre--the hard-boiled PI, the wisecracks, some sex and a twisting plot. Descriptions of San Francisco are excellent, and the writing is in keeping with the subject, including technical descriptions of the voting system.
Runoff is as fun and entertaining as the first three novels in the August Riordan series.  Dec 2, 2007
Runoff is as fun and entertaining as the first three novels in the August Riordan series.

The story is packed with action, intrigue, romance, countless twists and features a hero who is straight forward and flawed, but always engaging. The author also gives the reader a feeling for the color and ambiance of San Francisco neighborhoods that are off the beaten track.

The plot revolves around the important topic of election integrity and details many of the concerns about electronic voting machines and how the election process might be manipulated by special interests.

Highly recommended.
another great read  Nov 15, 2007
I just finished Runoff and was really sorry to reach the last page. I love the SF locales and photos, but mainly somehow Coggins is able to keep the suspense going right to the end, and yet also manage to have me laughing out loud. Looking forward to Riordan's next case.

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