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  • The Murder Room

Dead Skip

Joe Gores

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Dka Files, Fiction, Crime & mystery

'Mr Gores writes some of the hardest, smoothest, most lucid prose in the field' New York Times Book Review

Ballard has seventy-two hours to find out who attacked his partner, Bart Heslip, who's lying in the hospital in a coma. Now Ballard is racing around the frayed edges of Oakland and San Francisco tracing down deadbeats. A stripper, an embezzler and an ex-con all have repo'd cars in common. Do they also share a murder? The clock's ticking away like Bart's heartbeat, but Ballard is up against a dead skip, a blank wall.

Then Ballard's boss, Dan Kearny, jumps into the hunt, loving every minute of it - and hurtling them both toward the barrel of a gun ...

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Joe Gores

Joe Gores worked for 12 years as a private eye based in San Francisco before discovering that crime is the only fiction genre that lets you write anything you want while demanding you tell a story people want to read. Since this epiphany he has won three Edgar Allen Poe Awards.

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