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Greetings from San Francisco. Now, the only thing better than a double espresso to open your eyes in the morning is to find a review like this one that Richard B. Schwartz, a Top 500 Amazon Reviewer, gave my latest Jack McCoul Caper Shake City.  As the old coffee jingle goes, “Good to the last drop!”

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SHAKE CITY is the fourth novel in the Jack McCoul series. Jack lives in the Mission district of San Francisco. A former con man, Jack has gone straight. He is married, has two children and a best friend. He also has an ongoing semi-antagonist in police lieutenant Terry Dolan. Terry still carries a torch for Jack’s wife and enters and exits the narratives, sometimes bringing caustic comments, sometimes bringing actual help.

In SHAKE CITY Jack is a congenial landlord to a stripper enrolled in the local community college, doing her best to become a successful American citizen. He befriends another neighbor, a Syrian who operates a shoe store and has some hidden abilities that come into play at the precise moment when they are particularly needed. An additional neighbor who makes payday loans and ships immigrants’ money back to Mexico is murdered. It quickly becomes clear that a developer is trying to make a move on Jack’s street, squeezing and intimidating tenants, raising rents and, in general, trying to acquire the entire set of parcels for a lucrative project. In short, the novel’s subject is the city itself in changing economic times, with abused immigrants, vast discrepancies in wealth (the Silicon Valley types remain a shadowy but real presence throughout the story) and a continuing set of earthquakes (rising to the 5’s on the Richter scale) that give the book its title and offer a physical metaphor for the economic realities rippling through the city.

When Jack’s friend/spiritual brother Hark is framed for murder Jack springs into action to save him. Fortunately, he is able to enlist the city’s top defense lawyer, Cicero Broadshank, on Hark’s behalf. (Cicero loves a nice slab of prime rib and has one of the best tag names since Henry James’s triple tag-named Fanny Assingham.)

The result is a lively, engaging narrative of brothers in arms, coupled with a paean to the city itself, complete with a memorable trip to a Giants’ game. I love the characters—all of the aforementioned plus Wonder Boy, the stuttering savant/informant/bartender who knows everything that is going on in the city at any moment. This is not an ensemble cast as in, e.g., the Andrew Vachss Burke novels, but a charming assemblage of individuals in Jack McCoul’s fascinating orbit.

I recommend all of the McCoul novels. SHAKE CITY is a fitting addition to the series.

Five Star First Reviews for Shake City (A Jack McCoul Caper Book 4)

Thanks for the encouraging  words for my newest Jack McCoul Caper, SHAKE CITY. Here’s what readers are saying:

on July 9, 2017
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Jack McCoul, our favorite San Franciscan ex-con man is back again in Dwight Holing’s Shake City and this time McCoul’s trying to save his best friend while taking on a corrupt real estate developer who’s got his eye set on a part of San Francisco that is very near and dear to McCoul.

In this fourth book in the series, McCoul, who has finally gone legit (or so it seems), settled down, and started to raise a family, soon finds out that there is no escaping his past when two murders and the arrest of his friend have him right back in the thick of things. And, as McCoul has proven before, it will take his street smarts and con-man savvy to make everything right again.

Holing is brilliant again, as he pits McCoul against the corrupt real estate developer and a few heavies along with his old nemesis Terry Dolan who always seems to keep McCoul from going too far astray. What I have enjoyed most about the books in this series is Holing’s style of writing which is reminiscent of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett with the way he portrays McCoul and the snappy one-liners that he throws around. Another thing that I have enjoyed is Holing’s obvious love for San Francisco and how the city, especially in this book, becomes one of the characters. It’s a real treat to follow McCoul around the city and all the haunts and landmarks he visits. The City of San Francisco ought to have a Dwight Holing/Jack McCoul day for the way Holing’s love for the city comes through and the tourist attractions he promotes.

This is a riveting and real page-turner of a book with plenty of twists and turns to keep you riveted until the very end. I hope Holing has a more few stories to tell about Jack, Hark, Wonder Boy, Cicero Broadshank, and others!

Jeffrey Miller,
Bureau 39

on July 10, 2017
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Coming Soon: BABY BLUE (A Jack McCoul Caper)

“Baby Blue was born to run.”
“Fast, fun, full-tilt.”

El Niño brings more than long-awaited rain to San Francisco. An old love shows up on Jack McCoul’s doorstep and trouble is not far behind. Sparks fly and a storm of murder and double cross forces the former con artist back into the game. This time he’s playing for keeps.