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The Contract (Frank Behr #3)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  309 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
The acclaimed author of City of the Sun returns with a relentlessly taut new novel featuring enigmatic private investigator Frank Behr and the American heartland setting that has won David Levien critical raves.

In an Indianapolis underground parking structure, Frank Behr is on an executive protection detail for Bernard “Bernie Cool” Kolodnik, a hard-driving business mogul
Paperback, 290 pages
Published January 26th 2012 by Bantam Press (first published August 9th 2011)
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Two of the main appeals of Davie Levien's novels are his intricate plots and multi-demensional characters.

In "13 Million Dollar Pop," Frank Behr is a relatively new employee at the Caro Group, private investigators and personal security advisors. As the story opens, he's searching for a home with his girlfriend, Susan, who is nearing delivery of their first child.

Frank is doing a favor for a friend at work and providing security for Bernard Kolodnik when someone tries to kill Kolodnik. Frank's f
Giovanni Gelati
When I finished reading this I heard “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns and Roses blaring on my XM/Sirius boombox, very fitting. This was my first read on a David Levien novel and it will not be my last. The character he has created in Frank Behr is nothing short of amazing and satisfying. He is fractured yet looking to seal the cracks kind of hero that had me enthralled the entire read. The code of ethics that Levien has instilled in him is simple, strong and unbreakable. It seems nothing about Fr ...more
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, detective, 2013
Review from badelynge.
Taking a last minute protection detail from a colleague, ex Indianapolis cop and former P.I. Frank Behr doesn't know what he's letting himself in for. Now working for the Caro group , a security firm, Frank spends most of his working days at a desk, compiling security checks for contracted firms and organisations. He's bored to tears but circumstances and a pregnant girlfriend don't leave him too many other options. The security detail turns out to be a lot less routine tha
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review based on ARC from Doubleday:
What a pleasant surprise this book was. I was familiar with David Levien due to his movie work, screenplays etc., but not as a novel writer. 13 Million Dollar Pop was well written, well crafted/plotted. It's not often you get to read crime/cop fiction that doesn't go over the top, but Leviene did it. This book was an absolute joy to read and I have now found a new hero to root for in Frank Behr. This being the 3rd book in the Frank Behr series, I now have to g
Jan 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Bone-crunching thriller from Hollywood scriptwriter David Levien. It's about his regular hero, ex-cop Frank Behr, having to take a job in a high-end security firm. He doesn't like suits, taking orders, BlackBerry phones or being shot at – which is exactly what happens when he minds businessman Bernard Kolodnik. No one in his company or the police seem that anxious to find out why Bernie Cool was a target. So Frank, whose partner is expecting a baby and who needs the job, ignores all the warnings ...more
Mar 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first two in this series captivated me. Book three is proving no different.
Very good - definitely will recommend to all mystery/thriller readers.
Never knew crime could be so harsh in Indianapolis?
Harry Lane
Classic hard-boiled noir.
Aug 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best new characters out there right now. Exciting and gritty story, each one is better than the next.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can see this as a film, reading book 1 then book 3, thought that I missed something
J Edward Tremlett
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The last time we met with Frank Behr, PI, he was reluctantly accepting a position with an investigation outfit named Caro. He wasn't keen on joining up, partially because of that suit and tie thing, but also because he could tell that something wasn't quite right. But in spite of the way they played him, he was needing a steady gig, running out of friends, and about to become a father.

PI instinct aside, settling into their orbit seemed the prudent thing to do.

Now, some time later, Behr's realizi
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David Levien is an American screenwriter, novelist, director, and producer. Best known as the co-writer of Ocean's Thirteen, Levien has also produced films such as The Illusionist and The Lucky Ones.

As a screenwriter, he has a deal with Paramount Studios. His next project with the studio is the 2009 film The Winter of Frankie Machine, starring Robert DeNiro.

As a novelist, he has published City of
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Frank Behr (4 books)
  • City of the Sun (Frank Behr, #1)
  • Where the Dead Lay (Frank Behr, #2)
  • Signature Kill (Frank Behr #4)