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Old 08-04-2012, 10:22 PM   #1
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Free (Kindle) 6 Free Books By Jack Clark [Mystery/Thriller/P.I./Etc.]

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(1)Nobody's Angel - Jack Clark

-Originally Published by Hard Case Crime - Book #65

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"[A] slim, sparse, and heartbreaking novel." --Publishers Weekly

"A gem." Nobody's Angel "doesn't contain a wasted word or a false note." --Washington Post

"[A] fine atmospheric thriller. The cynical, melancholy cabbie point of view is perfect for this kind of neon-lit, noir-tinged, saxophone-scored prose poem, and Clark hits all the right notes." --Booklist

"Heartbreaking... Captivating... Clark's true subject [is] his city. Each page turn feels like real, authentic Chicago." --Chicago Sun-Times:

"The anecdotal structure pulls you along at just the right pace and the economics of his story telling are commendable. There's a world of intriguing and memorable detail expertly packed into two-hundred pages and just the right amount of heartache. The book's close features one of the best final lines of any book I've ever read. Please don’t pick it up and read that last page first, it's so worth getting there naturally."
--Barnes & Noble Ransom Notes:

"Nobody's Angel is a powerhouse of a book, a genuine work of noir and one of the best books of the year. Clark can write. This is an incredible book that you will not soon forget." --Bookreporter.com

Editorial Reviews:

From Publishers Weekly:

Clark (Westerfield's Chain) originally self-published this slim, sparse, and heartbreaking novel, selling it to passengers in his Chicago taxicab, and apparently autobiographical elements add poignant realism at the cost of emotional resolution. Eddie Miles is shaken when fellow nighttime cabbie Lenny Smigelkowski falls victim to a serial killer. Eddie also discovers Relita, a teen prostitute brutally mutilated and abandoned in an alley. As Eddie mourns Lenny's death and Relita's pain and tries to find their assailants, he ponders other losses: his father's real estate investments; the innocence of young women entering prostitution; Eddie's daughter, now in his ex-wife's custody; and his faith in humanity as his fares try to abuse, intimidate, and rob him. Little gems of hope sparkle throughout the gloom, but the bleak conclusion of Eddie's long trip to nowhere leaves him and the reader mired in despair. (June)
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Eddie Miles is an old-school cab driver working the streets of Chicago in the mid-1990s. He’s a throwback to an earlier era of homegrown cabbies who knew every street and alley on their beats. Clark’s tale is really more of a mood piece than a crime novel. Yes, Eddie does turn amateur sleuth in an effort to determine who killed his best friend, Lenny, a fellow hack whose body was found in an alley near the notorious Cabrini-Green housing project, but the real focus isn’t so much on the wave of cabbie killings gripping the city as on the city itself. Eddie drives the streets at night like Harry Bosch in a Michael Connelly novel (or a less-crazed Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver) and comments on what he sees and hears, from obnoxious yuppie tourists on Rush Street through teenage prostitutes on West Side corners. The cynical, melancholy cabbie point of view is perfect for this kind of neon-lit, noir-tinged, saxophone-scored prose poem, and Clark hits all the right notes. Pair this with Donald Westlake’s Somebody Owes Me Money (2008), also about cabbies and crime. --Bill Ott
(2)Westerfield's Chain (The Nick Acropolis Novels) - Jack Clark

-Originally Published by Minotaur in 2002

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This novel was a finalist for the Shamus Award for Best First Private Eye Novel.

“A pure delight for many reasons, not the least of which
is the way Jack Clark celebrates and rings a few changes
on the familiar private-eye script…There’s a memorable
moment [on] virtually every page.”
—Chicago Tribune

“Clark knows his city: the geography and flavor of
the neighborhoods are vividly presented, and
interesting, often quirky characters are introduced
along this fascinating ride.”
—Chicago Reader

“Jack Clark’s descriptions are beautifully haunting and
his plotting is exceptional.”
—Romantic Times

“A likeable protagonist and spirited, uncluttered prose: a
promising debut by a Chicago cabbie who may drive a
hack but doesn’t write like one.”
—Kirkus Review

"It's a great read." --Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews:

From Publishers Weekly:

A brisk style and fine descriptions help offset a less-than-scintillating plot in Clark's debut mystery. While investigating a traffic altercation involving an off-duty police officer, Nick Acropolis, a former homicide cop now working as a low-level PI in Chicago, learns about first one missing person, then another. Eugene Westerfield is "on vacation" indefinitely, and Jimmy Madison, a student who works in one of Westerfield's drugstores, disappears just after Nick gets his statement about the traffic case. Nick follows a suspicious car with out-of-town plates and meets Becky Westerfield, daughter of Eugene, who's come home to hunt for her dad. Although Becky is convinced her father is a saint, Nick gathers more and more evidence that Eugene has been committing an impressive amount of welfare fraud. As the off-the-books owner of a medical center, Eugene has been hiring doctors who are no longer employable in the reputable world. These doctors prescribe hundreds of unnecessary medications, and the patients are sent to Westerfield's drugstores to get the prescriptions filled. Nick's backstory could have provided more nuances if it had been revealed sooner. A few minor characters come through strongly-such as a bike repair guy named Purcell and a fascinating mute homeless man-but there are so many others that it's hard to keep them straight, let alone appreciate them. Still, whatever the book's flaws, it's a great read, one that ought to appeal in particular to Robert B. Parker fans.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

P.I. Nick Acropolis inadvertently picks up clues to a tangled missing-persons case while investigating an automobile accident involving a cop in a desolate area of Chicago. There, a drugstore (scene of a recent murder) and a nearby clinic, both owned by a prominent but missing man, apparently serve as centers for welfare fraud. An ex-cop himself, Nick knows how to manipulate the investigatory ropes, save his clients, and trip up the bad guys. Extensive background detailing (e.g., driving around Chicago), personal observation, and an understated tone lend credence to this steadily engaging first mystery. Readers who like Chicago-based series such as Sara Paretsky's might want to check this out.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
(3)Highway Side (A Nick Acropolis novel) - Jack Clark

--See Description at link.

(4)Dancing on Graves (A Nick Acropolis novel) - Jack Clark

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(5)On the Home Front - Mary Jo Clark as told to Jack Clark

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(6)Private Path -- Jack Clark, Mary Jo Clark, Maro Jo Ryan

--See Description at link.
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:30 PM   #2
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