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Interface (Crime Masterworks)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  27 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Book by Gores, Joe
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 2nd 2004 by Orion mass market paperback (first published 1974)
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Kris McCracken
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I picked the big twist prior to the end, but enjoyed it nonetheless!

Picture this: a hard-boiled San Franciscan private dick (one time pro-footballer and not long returned from two stints in 'nam), gets caught up in a drug importation business involving a multitude of shady characters.

Starts with a bang, doesn't let up.

Hardcore action.
Hans
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Donald E. Westlake was right. This is a great crime novel. The first clue to what you can look forward to, comes from the dedication:

"For that Stark villain,
Parker --
because he's such
a beautiful human being"

That is a great sign (and a terrible sign for anyone who has to try to live through the book).

Also: The book publishers were wrong. The book jacket summary is terrible and could potential ruin the story. Dive right in past the jacket. Go. Go. Go.

Welcome to the ugly, terrible side of San Fr
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Andrew
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a cracking crime novel, about as hard-boiled as they come; superbly paced and brimming with danger. It also includes the best car chase I think I've ever read in a novel - and considering I'm not even a fan of such in movies that's really saying something. Involving, frenetic, and clever, I loved this book, especially the totally left-of-centre perfect ending.
Johnny
Feb 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very fun pulp fiction. Reminiscent in tone to Richard Stark's "Parker" series, to the point that the book is dedicated to the character, Parker: "For that Stark villain, Parker - Because he's such a beautiful human being."

The writing is terse and a little clumsy, but the content, momentum and atmosphere is electric. An unfortunate title, as it has little relation to the story.

Very different from the detective procedural "DKA Files" series by Gores (also very good), but deserves to be rediscovere
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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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