Big City, Bad Blood (Ray Dudgeon #1)
Disillusioned newspaper reporter-turned-private detective Ray Dudgeon doesn't want to save the world; he just wants to do an honest job well. But when doing an honest job threatens society's most powerful and corrupt, Ray's odds of survival make for a sucker's bet . . .
A simple bodyguard job for a Hollywood locations manager uncovers a rats' nest of sexual blackmail,...more
One of the biggest obstacles that all private eye (and police) novels must overcome is the fact that in most stories, the reason the hero is involved in the case is due to money. A private eye is hired to do a job. A policeman is paid to do their job. So either through character or action, the author has to bring the story to the ...more
I'm hoping Chercover gets better with practice? There's potential in this book, but overall, I wasn't that impressed. The main reason being I didn't like Ray Dudgeon. His view of violence and his egocentricity are just unbecoming a protagonist in this setting.
Ironically, I LOVED the supporting cast: Gravedi ...more
Ray Dudgeon is a former journalist who left the newspaper world after realizing he couldn't really solve the problems of the world, ...more
Chercover, Sean – 1st book
William Morrow, 2007, US Hardcover – ISBN:9780061128677
First Sentence: In the shadows of the John F. Kennedy Expressway, surrounded by warehouses, factories and auto-body shops, stands Villa d’Este, a family-run restaurant that serves generous portions of decidedly untrendy Italian-American food at reasonable prices.
Ray Dudgeon is a former newspaperman turned PI. Bob Loniski is a movie location’s manager who saw som ...more
Ray Dudgeon is an ex newspaper reporter turned PI, a hard drinker who works to his own principles and ideals, and could be described as hard-boiled (a cliché, I know, but it fits) with a sensitive side. I like the way his back ...more
Big City Bad Blood follows the adventures of awesomely named Ray Dudgeon, a hard hitting Chicago P.I. with a cranky streak that reminds me a lot of Chandler or Hammett characters. He’s grouchy. He’s hired ...more
Bob Loniski is a Hollywood locations manager. After renting a warehouse for use in a movie set he finds out it’s part of a real estate scam run by the Chicago mafia. Fearing for his life Bob engages the services of PI Ray Dudgeon as his body guard.
Ray Dudgeon is an ex newspaper reporter turned PI, a hard drinker who works to his own
principles and ideals, and could be described as hard boiled (cliche, I know, but it fits) with a sensitive side. I like the way his back story is revealed ...more
Ray Dudgeon, a private investigator, is hired to protect a location manager from Hollywood who has opened up a can of worms with the Chicago Outfit. He rented a warehouse location for a big movie shoot from Fr ...more
That said, it was a very good book, the debut for its author Sean Chercover. His protagonist Ray Dudgeon is a typical noir character-cynical, jaded, with a disappointed sense of idealism. He started as a journalist, but hated the moral compromises he was fo ...more
I realized, when I started this book, that it comes before “Trigger City” which I actually read first. I liked “Trigger City” much better. In this book we meet Ray Dudgeon, who became disillusioned as a news reporter and resigned to become a private eye. He is hired as a bodyguard for a man on a movie location in California, and he becomes involved in a Chicago mafia war between two f ...more
I discovered Sean Chercover when I read The Trinity Game. That book was a real page turner. I wanted more. So I got Big City, Bad Blood. This is Checover's debut novel. But it reads like the work of a seasoned author. The characters are believable, the story is fast paced, the action is exiting. Now it's time to move on to the follow up to this book, and look forward to Sean's new book this summer. Chercover joins the ranks of Earle Stanley Gardner, Rex Stout, and Elmore Leonard, as ...more
Sean’s fiction has earned top mystery and th ...more