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Author Mark Coggins in conversation with Randal Brandt

Private investigator August Riordan returns to San Francisco to avenge the death of his friend and one-time partner, Chris Duckworth. Duckworth has taken over Riordan's old business, his old office and even his old apartment, and Riordan suspects Duckworth's death is linked to the missing person case he was working when he died. An alluring young woman named Angelina hired Duckworth to look for her half-sister, but what Riordan finds instead is a murderous polyamorous family intent on claiming a previously unknown manuscript from dead Beat writer Jack Kerouac.


Mark Coggins’ work has been nominated for the Shamus and the Barry crime fiction awards and selected for best of the year lists compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle, The Detroit Free Press and, among others. His novels Runoff and The Big Wake-Up won the Next Generation Indie Book Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) respectively, both in the crime fiction category. The Immortal Game was optioned for a film.

Randal S. Brandt is a librarian at the University of California, Berkeley where, among other duties, he is the curator of the California Detective Fiction Collection. He also created the critically-acclaimed websites Golden Gate Mysteries (an annotated bibliography of crime fiction set in the San Francisco Bay Area) and A David Dodge Companion.

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