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Dead Man

3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Once Eddie Dain had a life: a beautiful wife, a happy young son, and a thriving business catching soft-core bad guys by computer. Then he asked too many questions about a suspicious case and made a brutal enemy--one whose calling cards were men with shotguns. After two years of sadistic "therapy", Eddie is reborn as Dain, a killer with deadly skills.
Paperback, 262 pages
Published September 1st 1994 by Mysterious Press (first published 1993)
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Feb 25, 2017 Patrick rated it it was ok
Found this in a used bookstore. It was suspenseful and tied together neatly, though the twists were pretty obvious. A fine beach or airplane read if you don't want to think too hard. The starting premise was more promising and seemed to suggest the book would be more clever than it turned out to be... Oh well.
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Nov 16, 2014 Michael Smith rated it it was ok
I got hooked years ago on Gores’s DKA novels, about a firm of San Francisco skip-tracers and repo men. He’s pretty much quit writing those -- possibly because almost anyone these days with access to the Internet can do skip-trace. This one is about Eddie Dain, a tall, skinny Cal Tech grad and computer genius (by 1993 standards) who, for some unexplained reason, goes into private investigation instead of heading for Silicon Valley. He treats it all as a game, him and his hacker skills against the ...more
Ron Arden
Eddie Dain is a computer genius who dabbles as an amateur detective in San Francisco. He and his wife run a computer business and he uses his computer skills to scientifically solve crimes. This all sounds wonderful, but I was waiting for the other shoe to drop in the story. It does when Eddie, his wife and son are all killed by hit men while enjoying a vacation getaway.

Well, Eddie survives and spends the next few years rehabilitating himself physically and mentally. Before the hit, he was 140 p
Oct 18, 2013 Diarmuid rated it it was amazing
Joe Gores was a very good writer of crime and thriller fiction who was not as well known as he should have been. It's a shame because his work is good enough to compare with some of the greats of crime writing.

Dead Man is a very well written revenge thriller. It has a gritty 70's feel to it even though it was one of his later books, written in the 90's. Some of the writing and descriptions remind me of James Lee Burke. Other times there's a savagery to the prose (and in the action in the book) t
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Joe Gores (1931-2011) was the author of the acclaimed DKA series of street-level crime and detection, as well as the stunning suspense novels Dead Man and Menaced Assassin.

He served in the U.S. Army - writing biographies of generals at the Pentagon - was educated at the University of Notre Dame and Stanford, and spent twelve years as a San Francisco private investigator. The author of dozens of no
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