FORGOTTEN BOOKS: BRAGG’S HUNCH!
This is another series of solid paperback originals mostly ridiculously overlooked due to the absence of hardcover publication. Shamus nominated for the second book in the series, The Missing And The Dead, and Edgar nominated for the third book in the series, Pieces of Death, author Jack (John T.) Lynch does a fantastic job of weaving the history of the series Northern California setting into the plotlines.
Private eye Peter Bragg is a no nonsense investigator, exceptionally skilled at interrogation, and handy enough with fists and guns to get the job done. A Korean vet, ex-reporter, with a bad marriage behind him, Bragg is working as a bartender in Sausalito when he takes some part time work for an old lawyer friend. Finding he has a knack and a taste for investigation, he takes out his P.I. license and opens a fifth floor office on Market in San Francisco, “bringing order out of chaos.”
In Bragg’s Hunch, his P.I. instincts bring embroil him in a gangland shootout that is the highlight of the novel. The narration is straightforward, but the action scenes sing.
The Bragg novels received favorable and appropriate comparison to the works of Dashiell Hammett and Ross MacDonald. Any fan of hardboiled fiction will find much to like in the Bragg books.
BRAGG’S HUNCH (1981)
THE MISSING AND THE DEAD (1982)
PIECES OF DEATH (1982)
SAN QUINTIN (1984)
WOLF HOUSE (2002)
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