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Twenty years after the appearance of his first published short story, One Hit Wonder, Shamus Award winner J. L. Abramo has assembled a collection of his previously published short crime fiction along with never before published stories and writings about writing in this anthology.


From the streets of Brooklyn and Denver; from Los Angeles to San Francisco; from private eyes and police detectives to con men and mob bosses; from mystery to thriller to noir; Abramo’s short stories display a vivid sense of location and a masterful understanding of the triumphs and tragedies of characters on both sides of the law.

“Jake Diamond is back and it feels like the return of an old friend. One of my all-time favorite PI series.”

                                                      —Steve Hamilton, Edgar Award-winning author of The Lock Artist


“Think it is impossible to find a new take on the wise-cracking San Fransisco PI?

Meet Jake Diamond and think again.”

                                                              —S.J. Rozan, Edgar Award-winning author of Absent Friends


“If grit, hard guys, and the rhythm of the mean streets is your thing, J.L. Abramo is your man.”

                                            —Reed Farrel Coleman, Shamus Award-winning author of Where It Hurts


“J.L. Abramo writes noir the way God and Dashiell Hammett intended—tough, terse and sharp.”

                                                —Michael Koryta, Award-winning author of Those Who Wish Me Dead

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