Korean War vet and ex-reporter Peter Bragg is hired by Armando Barker, a retired mobster, to find out who is targeting him and his eleven-year-old daughter with death threats. But after a gruesome killing of someone close to Barker, the threats become a bloody promise. Barker’s violent past in Sand Valley, a bleak, California desert town, has come back to haunt him with a vengeance. So that’s where Bragg goes, walking right into the vicious, bloody war that’s raging between the town’s factions…and becoming everyone’s target.
Originally published as Bragg’s Hunch
All eight powerhouse novels in Jack Lynch's Edgar Award-Nominated and two-time Shamus Award-Nominated Bragg Series...now in one volume!
The first three, powerhouse novels in Jack Lynch’s Edgar Award-nominated and two-time Shamus Award-nominated Bragg series of PI thrillers...now together for the first time ever in one volume.
In the Shamus Award-nominated third thriller in Jack Lynch’s series, San Francisco PI Peter Bragg returns to track down a fortune’s worth of gem-encrusted chess pieces smuggled out of China…unless a ruthless killer finds him first.
Tough, taut and terse… literate without being lofty, not unlike the work of Hammett himself
I love that Brash Books has brought the Bragg books back into print. This is straight up some of the best California hard boiled writing you will ever read. Lynch is a natural story teller and has such a wonderful style it is impossible to put the book down. If you like reading noir-ish books or ar a fan of hardboiled detectives grab this book now.
It also has one of the best covers I've seen in a LONG time. An all around perfect book.
First-rate, well-plotted. Bragg is a restrained and believable hero. The action scenes are excellent. The gangland gun battle that rages across Sand Valley is a superb
Bragg is authentic, gripping, gritty
Bragg is a San Francisco private investigator who combines angst and wit in the perfect proportion... a scarred-but-tender, manly-but-sensitive paladin of the dispossessed.