JACK LIFFEY
MYSTERY SERIES
created by john shannon

THE CONCRETE RIVER

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Jack Liffey's first case, tracking down a missing woman in East L.A. But nothing here is what it seems, and Jack is plunged into a violent world of corrupt developers and local politicos


Pegasus Books, ISBN 1-933648-21-X trade paperback $12.95

Reviews and comments:

Michael Connelly, bestselling author of Bloodwork
"Tough and engaging. The Concrete River is my kind of L.A. novel--hard as nails with a soft spot in the middle. Philip Marlow would have been proud of his contemporary heir."


Kent Anderson, author of Night Dogs
"Shannon is a fine writer. Make no mistake, this is the real L.A., real people, some of them the kind you cross the street to avoid, looking everywhere but at them. Take a walk with Jack Liffey, a brave and decent man. Take a look at Raymond Chandler’s mean streets at the millennium."


Michael Connelly, bestselling author of Bloodwork
"Tough and engaging. The Concrete River is my kind of L.A. novel--hard as nails with a soft spot in the middle. Philip Marlow would have been proud of his contemporary heir."


Kent Anderson, author of Night Dogs
"Shannon is a fine writer. Make no mistake, this is the real L.A., real people, some of them the kind you cross the street to avoid, looking everywhere but at them. Take a walk with Jack Liffey, a brave and decent man. Take a look at Raymond Chandler’s mean streets at the millennium."

 

 

THE CONCRETE RIVER


John Brown Books Edition, 1996 ISBN 0-9639050-5-8
Out of print.

 

THE CONCRETE RIVER


Berkley Prime Crime, 1998 ISBN 0-425-16193-5
Out of print.


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La Rivière en Beton

(French edition of The Concrete River)
L'Atalante, 2001 ISBN 2-84172-163-9

"The Liffey books have a unique way of bypassing clichés on L.A. John Shannon takes us straight into the moveable culture of that city and makes us feel the grace and resonance of his prose in multi-faceted action. His novels are both a challenge and a delight to translate."

        --J.F. Le Ruyet, French translator of the Liffey series

Reviews and comments from France:



"La Riviere en Beton is a very promising first book
in the Liffey series."
        --Courrier Francais, Val de Loire.


"In this noir novel written in a highly lucid style, John
Shannon offers the readers a new vision on Los Angeles. A vision both terrible and poetic... His treatment of the social and political tensions of the megalopolis are akin to those of Chandler and Ellroy."
        --Nice Matin


"Although he deals with a city often depicted elsewhere, John Shannon has some strong surprises in store for us in his first novel translated in France... His tone is both personal and original and he shows a finely tuned sense of the noir atmosphere... All these qualities make us look forward with impatience for the publication in French of the next books in the series."
        --La Depeche du Midi


"La Riviere en Beton is the first episode of a series in which John Shannon intends to reveal the secrets of a
diversity of neighborhoods in the sprawling conurbation of L.A. His ways of exploring the contradictions of a Latino neighborhood together with his engaging protagonist, Jack Liffey, makes this novel a highly original one."
        --Amazon France

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