They are two sworn enemies with a single obsession: a woman on the run from them both. Scott Weiss is a private detective. John Foy is a professional killer. The woman is Julie Wyant, a hooker with the face of an angel. There’s only one man who can find her: Weiss, the best locate operative in the business. Now, from a town called Paradise, through a wilderness that feels like hell, Weiss searches for Julieand the killer follows, waiting for his chance. They are two expert hunters matching move for moveuntil it ends on Damnation Street.
A select group of authors have the skills needed to read their own works for audio and Klavan can be counted as a member of that club. Damnation Street tells a dark tale of two men's obsession. Middle-aged ex-cop Scott Wiess, now running a private detective agency in San Francisco, has pursued a psychotic, professional killer known as the Shadowman for years. The killer is stalking a beautiful prostitute named Julie Wyatt in an attempt to fulfill his own perverse version of love. Wyatt becomes the focal point for both men, leading to a final heart-stopping confrontation between the two adversaries. In his "author's note," Klavan states that this book, like the two proceeding it, is a "fictionalized memoir" of his time working for a real detective agency. Based on truth or not, this is a well-written, suspenseful book, and the author proves the perfect choice to bring his words to life on audio. Klavan has a surprisingly pleasant voice and handles the numerous characterizations, shifting points of view and gritty dialogue like an old pro. Simultaneous release with the Harcourt hardcover (Reviews, June 26). (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.