JACK LIFFEY
MYSTERY SERIES
created by john shannon

PRINT EDITIONS OF THE JACK LIFFEY MYSTERIES

THE CHINESE BEVERLY HILLS
2013 978-184982244  A wildfire is out of control.  Jack hunts for a missing Chinese-American girl in the midst of rising racial tensions and the hidden machinations of two oil baron brothers who try to brew up their own Tea Party.    

Reviews of the Chinese Beverly Hills


A LITTLE TOO MUCH
2011 978-0-7278-6991-3  Jack Liffey is hired to find a missing movie star...his daughter is in trouble at college...his partner is off on an affair...a Colombian drug gang is running wild in L.A...and an angry Jamaican is arriving for revenge.  Jack finds it all...  A Little Too Much.     

Reviews of A Little Too Much


ON THE NICKEL
2010 978-0-7278-6903-6 Jack is confined to a wheelchair, unable to walk or speak, but when an old friend calls to ask help finding his son, Maeve incercepts the case.  She is led to L.A.'s Skid Row ("The Nickel") and gets caught up in a battle between thugs hired by a gentrifying builder and the desperate occupants of a tenement, about to be made homeless.  Jack is tossed helpless into Skid Row and soon Maeve, Jack, Gloria his partner and other are trapped in a burning building and flee to the roof, where rescue becomes touch and go.    

Reviews of On the Nickel


PALOS VERDES BLUE
2009 978-1-60598-037-3 Jack is hired to find Blue, the missing teenage daughter of his ex-wife's best friend.  As he investigates, Jack discovers a turf war between rich teenage surfers and the Mexican day-laborers who are camping in the ravines between the mansions where they work as gardeners and houseboys.  

The turf war draws in arsonists, angry bikers, border vigilantes and Jack's daughter Maeve, who once again puts herself at risk to help her father.

Reviews of Palos Verdes Blue

THE DEVILS OF BAKERSFIELD
2008 978-1-933648-29-3 Maeve goes missing while she and Jack are in the Central Valley town of Bakersfield. It turns out the police are rounding up troublemakers, that they call Satanists. Hysteria. Book burnings. The pastor of a mega-church is all set to exorcise Maeve of her demons. All hell is about to break loose!

Read the reviews of The Devils of Bakersfield

THE DARK STREETS (now titled KOREATOWN)
2007 ISBN 1-933648-20-1 A young Korean-American film student has disappeared. In tracing her radical group, Jack runs afoul of Homeland Security. He finds himself sent by "extraordinary rendition" to a sinister private security compound in the desert. His mate Gloria, who is looking for him, plus armed radicals and SWAT teams--all come together in a violent desert lightning storm.

Pegasus trade paperback 978-1-933648-94-0 $13.95

Read the reviews of The Dark Streets

DANGEROUS GAMES
2005 ISBN 0-7867-1543-X A young Indian girl has disappeared from a tiny reservation in the Owens Valley, swallowed up by the seedy underbelly of L.A. Jack must go find her, while worrying about his own daughter Maeve, who has been wounded in a drive-by shooting.

Read the reviews of Dangerous Games

TERMINAL ISLAND
2004. ISBN 0-7867-1337-2. Nursing a collapsed lung, Jack is drawn back to his hometown of San Pedro to become entangled with Croatian fishermen, a destroyed Japanese fishing village, a Green Beret Vet who fancies himself a Samurai, and a stunning family surprise.

Read the reviews of Terminal Island

CITY OF STRANGERS
2003 ISBN 0-7867-1163-9. Four Persian boys are missing from an elite high school in L.A. and Jack must track them down. They have run away to rediscover their Moslem roots, but get caught up with violent terrorists.

 


Read the reviews of City of Strangers

STREETS ON FIRE
2002 ISBN 0-7867-1018-7. A search for a missing boy carries Jack Liffey out of his element into the African-American community of South L.A. just as a new rebellion is about to erupt. His teen-age daughter is forced to come to his rescue.


Read the reviews of Streets on Fire

THE ORANGE CURTAIN
Jack is drawn deep into Orange County's Vietnamese community where a beautiful young woman has disappeared. The exotic realities and the complex alliances of Little Saigon draw Jack Liffey into danger--but the danger is soon magnified when he faces a trouble young man who believes he has an exotic toadstone in his head and has a chilling fear that everyone is about to laugh at him.

 


Read the reviews of The Orange Curtain

LE RIDEAU ORANGE
(French edition of The Orange Curtain) Pour les inconditionnels de Jack qui parlent Francais.
THE POISON SKY
Jack Liffey goes after a naive high schooler drawn into the world of L.A.'s cults, but then the real doom merchants unleash a terror that could kill half the city.

 


Read the reviews of The Poison Sky

THE CRACKED EARTH NEW EDITION
Searching for the daughter of a fading Hollywood star, Jack Liffey finds himself falling in love with her outsize screen image and questioning the impact of "celebrity" on his own consciousness. A devastating earthquake brings his search to its climax.


Read the reviews of The Cracked Earth

THE CRACKED EARTH
Out of print.

Faille Fatale
(French edition of The Cracked Earth) Pour les inconditionnels de Jack qui parlent Francais.

THE CONCRETE RIVER NEW EDITION!
Pegasus Books Trade Edition. 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.

ISBN 1-933648-21-X $12.95

 


Read the reviews of The Concrete River

THE CONCRETE RIVER
Out of print.
THE CONCRETE RIVER
Out of print.
La Riviere en Beton
(French edition of The Concrete River) Pour les inconditionnels de Jack qui parlent Francais.
MURDER ON THE ROPES
An anthology of mystery stories with a boxing theme, commissioned and edited by Otto Penzler. I have a short story in the anthology, "The Problem of Leon."

OTHER NOVELS
THE TAKING OF THE WATERS
1994 ISBN 0-9639050-1-5. Not a Jack Liffey, but another John Shannon novel in print from John Brown Books. A three-generation saga of the American Left, released in France as three separate novels (see below).

LA RAFLE DES EAUX: OWENS
(French edition of Part 1 of The Taking of the Waters) Pour les inconditionnels de John Shannon qui parlent Francais.

Part 2: LA RAFLE DES EAUX: GREEN CITY

Part 3: LA RAFLE DES EAUX: OWENS REVISITE

L'Atalante Press, Nantes

 

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