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Dirty Old Town

(The first book in the Shane Cleary Mystery series)
A novel by

2021 Anthony Award for Best Paperback original (nominee)

“Valjan paints the town, and all the colors are noir.” - Tom Straw, NYT Bestselling author, as Richard Castle

Shane Cleary, a PI in a city where the cops want him dead, is tough, honest and broke. When he’s asked to look into a case of blackmail, the money is too good for him to refuse, even though the client is a snake and his wife is the woman who stomped on Shane’s heart years before. When a fellow vet and Boston cop with a secret asks Shane to find a missing person, the paying gig and the favor for a friend lead Shane to an arsonist, mobsters, a shady sports agent, and Boston’s deadliest hitman, the Barbarian. With both criminals and cops out to get him, the pressure is on for Shane to put all the pieces together before time runs out.

"Robert B. Parker would stand and cheer, and George V. Higgins would join the ovation. This is a terrific book--tough, smart, spare, and authentic. Gabriel Valjan is a true talent--impressive and skilled--providing knock-out prose, a fine-tuned sense of place and sleekly wry style." – Hank Phillippi Ryan, nationally bestselling author of The Murder List

"Dirty Old Town hits every pitch out of the park: it's smart, funny and consistently surprising. A great read!" - Dennis Palumbo, author of the Daniel Rinaldi Mysteries

Genre: Mystery

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