Synopsis:In Telegraph Hill, private detective Ray Infantino searches for a missing girl named Tania. The case takes him to San Francisco, the city he abandoned years ago after his fiance was murdered. Thrust into his old city haunts, Ray finds that Tania may not be lost at all. Tania saw a murder; and a criminal gang, the Black Fist Triad, wants to make sure she never sees anything again. Ray enlists help from an old flame, Dominique, but now he has three women on his mind.
Meeting with various witnesses-ex-cops, prostitutes, skinheads-he relentlessly tracks the evidence. But the hunt for Tania fires his obsession with avenging the murder of his fiance. When the triad retaliates, and blood begins to flow, Ray must walk the knife edge between revenge and redemption on the streets of San Francisco.
Telegraph Hill is a decadent treat for readers who enjoy private investigative stories. Not only does the plot pivot and twist, but the writing is succulent without over-the-top dressing. Ray Infantino is a great character whom's layers are slowly revealed as the plot develops There is definitely more than meets the eye with him and I feel that Nardizzi has only given the reader a tip of the iceberg. While the plot heats up, Nardizzi doesn't leave his secondary characters out hanging, but fleshes them out so that they are revelent to the plot and to Infantino in some capacity. If you're looking for a stellar, keen story that will keep you turning the pages, then Telegraph Hill may just be for you!
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Author Bio:John Nardizzi is an investigator, lawyer, and writer. His writings have appeared in numerous professional and literary journals, including San Diego Writers Monthly, Oxygen, Liberty Hill Poetry Review, Lawyers Weekly USA, and PI Magazine. His fictional detective, Ray Infantino, first appeared in print in the spring 2007 edition of Austin Layman’s Crimestalker Casebook. Telegraph Hill is the first crime novel featuring Infantino.
In May 2003, John founded Nardizzi & Associates, Inc., an investigations firm that has garnered a national reputation for excellence in investigating business fraud and trial work. His investigations on behalf of people wrongfully convicted of crimes led to several million dollar settlements for clients like Dennis Maher, Scott Hornoff and Kenneth Waters, whose story was featured in the 2010 film Conviction.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.