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Pierce Duncan, a young man just out of Notre Dame, sets off for the roads & rails of postwar America. It leads to strange & fateful meetings with individuals along the way; the most influential encounter is with a hard-nosed private eye who changes Pierce's life forever, leading him to San Francisco, where he must decide his ultimate path.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Mysterious Press
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Nov 15, 2009 Andrew Vachss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A pro in every sense of the word; a multifaceted diamond of a storyteller. If you want to learn how to write, this is one guy you have to read.
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Joe Gores's novel begins with a quote by Ernest Hemingway, "In going where you have to go, and doing what you have to do, and seeing what you have to see, you dull and blunt the instrument you write with. But I would rather have it bent and dulled and know I had to put it on the grindstone again and hammer it into shape and put a whetstone to it, and know I had something to write about, than to have it bright and shining and nothing to say."

This mantra is what continually inspires the protagoni
Mar 23, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thriller - Semi-biographical, coming of age novel - a cross country odyssey from a GA chain gang, to a Tex-Mex border town, the underworld of Las Vegas, and becoming a private eye in San Francisco.
Reading Joe Gores' obituary in the New York Times yesterday, I could not recall having read anything by him. A trip to my local public library showed that a number of persons thought as I did, for this was the only one of his books still on the shelf.


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JOE GORES is 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. Born in 1931, 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 nove ...more
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