Imagen del editor
Título: The Distance: A Crime Novel Introducing ...
Editorial: Scribner and Company, NY
Año de publicación: 2002
Encuadernación: Hard Cover
Condición del libro: As New
Condición de la sobrecubierta: As New
Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author
Edición: First Edition
Unread copy in excellent Dust Jacket that is in a protective mylar cover. No bumps, no clips, no marks, no sunning. Author's 1st Novel. WINNER "Shamus Award." Many nominations - Anthony Award, Macavity Award, others. WINNER for the "Mystery Ink Gumshoe Award." This item shipped securely cushioned and in a sturdy box. Wonderful Collector's Copy of this Important, SIGNED, Debut Crime Novel. N° de ref. de la librería 001286
Sinopsis: It's 1948, an era when newspapermen were stars -- and San Francisco sportswriter Billy Nichols is no exception. Known as Mr. Boxing throughout the city, he is the West Coast's answer to Damon Runyon -- an insider's insider who plucks and polishes his pearllike stories from the nonstop hustle of the city's nightclubs, gambling dens, and ringside seats.
Billy Nichols is right where he wants to be, until he stumbles onto a shocking crime scene. Heavyweight boxer Hack Escalante has killed his manager, and for reasons Billy doesn't fully understand, he makes a spur-of-the-moment decision to protect the prizefighter. Soon Billy's in too deep, caught in a conspiracy of desire, deceit, and betrayal, and he sets off a chain of events whose consequences may cost him his beloved career -- and his life.
As Billy himself struggles to escape suspicion, he must square off against relentless police detective Francis O'Connor, carry on business as usual with his colorful cronies in the boxing world, and resist his overwhelming passion for a woman he dare not love.
Billy soon discovers that he's not the only yarn spinner in this nefarious netherworld: many of the characters inhabiting his well-honed newspaper columns have crafted their own alternative life stories, hiding scores of secrets. Whose story will emerge as "truth"?
As richly ambient as James Ellroy's "L.A. Confidential," this debut novel brilliantly brings to life another time -- when pride and professionalism are sometimes more important than life itself.
Críticas: Penzler Pick, January 2002: This debut mystery is by an author who already has a claim on the hearts of his audience: he produced two splendid works of nonfiction that are must-haves for every mystery lover's library, Dark City Dames and Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir. Both take readers down new paths into a familiar, haunting landscape--that of the 1940s and '50s films that brought such a paradoxical blend of artifice and authenticity to the small, claustrophobic world of crime.
As the son of a West Coast boxing writer, Muller is writing from strength when he makes his protagonist, Billy Nichols, a newspaper boxing columnist who easily keeps pace with the mugs and thugs he covers. The setting is post-World War II San Francisco and Nichols is a journalist who pounds out his stories, stopping only afterward to ask the right questions.
His relationship to the heavyweight Hack Escalante takes a startling turn early in the story as Billy finds himself an accessory to a crime that it seems Hack has just committed. Gig Liardi, Hack's manager, is lying dead on the floor of his apartment, less than a half-hour after summoning Billy over for a scoop, and Hack's knuckles are bloody, though his eyes are wet. "This boy should never have been a fighter," Billy thinks, watching him. "Now he was a killer. A couple of his tears dropped on Gig's face."
Even if prizefighters do cry, this scene is still only one high point in a tough, vivid re-creation of a lost era of urban sports history that swaggers on for almost 40 more chapters. More mystery novels featuring "Mr. Boxing," as Billy Nichols is known, will certainly be welcome by mystery fans, but come early to the series now and get a ringside seat! --Otto Penzler
Opciones de pago
Esta librería acepta las siguientes opciones de pago:
Librería en AbeBooks desde: 17 de julio de 2003
All books subject to prior sale. Reserved book(s) will be held for 3 days or as arranged. USA Postage is normally $4.00 USD for the first book and more for multiple book orders. For Canada, Europe and Asia as well as other shipping methods please see the rate schedule or email us. Insurance is Extra. Any book may be returned within 7 days, with notification, and in the same condition as originally shipped. All email's at firstname.lastname@example.org are answered as promptly as possible. ***FLORIDA Res...[Más información]
Orders usually ship within 2 business days or less. Shipping costs are based on books weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG and under 36" total HxLxW measure. If your book order is heavy or over sized, we will contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.
Europe and Asia Specifics: 1st Class Shipping where the box is under a total HxLxW of 36" and under 4 lbs is recommended. The Priority Europe and Asia shipping rates are listed per country.
Canada Specifics: 1st Class Shipping where the box is under a total HxLxW of 36" and under 4 lbs is recommended and rates are listed under Canada rates.
Descripción de la librería: We are an Internet - Only - Book Store. We have over 500+ Titles offered for sale and gladly ship around the world through our Mail Order Business. Please Email us at email@example.com for questions, orders or wants. (We prefer contact by email). James Just A Few or More Books Florida, United States