“. . . Nardizzi is an excellent craftsman and his writing is the antithesis of the one-dimensional, overheated thriller. His descriptions of San Francisco and Boston are spot-on and he manages to create a compelling neo-noir atmosphere with seeming ease. His descriptions of Telegraph Hill are keenly evocative.”
TELEGRAPH HILL is 5-star crime fiction—felonies with flair. Thumbnail sketch: Ray Infantino, an investigator, barrels down twin tracks in San Francisco like a runaway trolley car with a broken brake.
Since being released as an ebook in 2012, “Telegraph Hill” has gathered rave reviews from readers and reviewers for spot-on riffs on San Francisco, and brilliant crime writing in the vein of Parker and Lehane.
In “Telegraph Hill”, private detective Ray Infantino searches for a missing girl named Tania. The case takes him to San Francisco, the city he abandoned years ago after his fiance was killed. Thrust into his old city haunts, Ray finds that Tania may not be lost at all. Tania saw a murder; and a criminal gang, the Black Fist Triad, wants to make sure she never sees anything again.
Ray enlists help from an old flame, Dominique, but now he has three women on his mind. Meeting with various witnesses—ex-cops, prostitutes, skinheads—he relentlessly tracks the evidence. But the hunt for Tania fires his obsession with avenging the murder of his fiance. When the triad retaliates, and blood begins to flow, Ray must walk the knife edge between revenge and redemption on the streets of San Francisco.
Targeted Age Group: 18-78
Book Price: $.99, starting October 20 and ending October 24
John Nardizzi is an investigator and writer. His fictional detective Ray Infantino first appeared in print in Austin Layman’s Crimestalkers Casebook (spring edition, 2007). He has publishing credits in numerous professional and literary journals, including San Diego Writer’s Monthly, Oxygen, Liberty Hill Poetry Review, Lawyers Weekly USA and PI Magazine.
In 2003, John founded Nardizzi & Assocs., Inc., a private detective agency that quickly garnered a reputation for excellence in investigating business fraud and trial work. John has investigated dozens of major crimes in Massachusetts and throughout the US. He was the lead defense investigator in the Mattapan massacre case in 2012 (his client was acquitted) and led the investigation in a series of RICO cases involving Cape Verdean gangs in the mid-2000s.
His investigations on behalf of people wrongfully convicted of crimes led to million dollar settlements for clients like Dennis Maher, Scott Hornoff, and the estate of Kenneth Waters, whose story was featured in the 2010 film Conviction.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I work as a private detective in San Francisco and Boston; wanted to capture the feel of those cities and the various characters–street people, con men, whores, gangsters– that I meet everyday.