Runoff

Runoff How much does it cost to fix an election August Riordan private investigator jazz bass player smart ass with a foolish heart is going to find out He s been hired by Leonora Lee the all powerful Dra

  • Title: Runoff
  • Author: Mark Coggins
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Paperback
  • How much does it cost to fix an election August Riordan private investigator, jazz bass player, smart ass with a foolish heart is going to find out He s been hired by Leonora Lee, the all powerful Dragon Lady of San Francisco s Chinatown, to investigate the results of the city s recent mayoral election It seems the Dragon Lady s candidate failed to even carry the Chi How much does it cost to fix an election August Riordan private investigator, jazz bass player, smart ass with a foolish heart is going to find out He s been hired by Leonora Lee, the all powerful Dragon Lady of San Francisco s Chinatown, to investigate the results of the city s recent mayoral election It seems the Dragon Lady s candidate failed to even carry the Chinese precincts, and she s convinced that someone must have rigged the outcome by hacking the city s newly installed touch screen voting machines.A runoff between the two remaining candidates is days away, but it takes Riordan mere hours to find the Director of Elections dead in his office A visit to the offices of Columbia Voting Systems the suppliers of the city s touch screen machines results in another corpse A wide range of political interests share a stake in the election, so Riordan s got plenty of suspects.But when the Dragon Lady s beautiful daughter is attacked after giving Riordan a goodnight kiss, it starts to get personal Soon, Riordan is in a race not only against the runoff deadline, but against powerful political movers and shakers, Chinatown gang members, and crazed anarchists, with only his techno savvy, cross dressing friend Chris to help.Apparently, the cost of fixing an election runs to as many lives as it does dollars, and if Riordan isn t careful, the price for un fixing it may be than he can afford

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    1. Mark Coggins' "Runoff", the fourth book in the August Riordan series, is this author's first book for me. August is a private investigator in San Francisco as well as a bass player in a jazz band. In an additional quirk (it seems the more quirks a P.I. has the better), Mr. Riordan uses a cross-dressing sidekick in his crime-solving endeavors.Leonora Lee, a powerful "overlady" of the San Francisco Chinese community hires August to investigate irregularities in recent city mayoral elections, relat [...]

    2. If you love San Francisco you’ll love August Riordan, PI, jazz bass player and wisecracker. He clearly knows his way around the highways, byways and alleyways of the Bay Area and is willing to take you along for the ride. If you come to town you might want to get out a map (or app) and following along as August investigates a possible rigged election. Coggins lively and accurate descriptions lead you through the gate to Chinatown and to the basement of City hall with a detour along the Barbary [...]

    3. Very entertaining book written in 2007 about an election in San Francisco. Could have been written today. Mark uses humor to offset the violence. Plus he makes each of his books special by inserting his photographs of the Cty and places he mentions in the book.

    4. Quick, funny, set-in-San-Francisco mystery. The snappy comeback comes easily to August Riordan. So does pulling out a gun or beating a punk to a pulp. It's well done, but too carelessly violent and too glib for my taste. Maybe I like my banter with more self-deprecation, like in the Bernie Rhodenbarr or Dortmunder novels. The potential case of vote fraud that starts the plot is really interesting (and galling because that's what I'm writing about in my NaNoWriMo novel from last November!) and do [...]

    5. Another great entry in the annals of August Riordan. A great read, but this really should have been a five star book. It comes close, but the plot is never really tied together. It just bounces around until a sudden ending, and then a quick dénouement which explains the real story behind everything that was not really brought out before. The ending just happens, and I found it rather disappointing. But the first 80% is good enough to keep this a high rating.

    6. Really enjoyable as much of this takes place in chinatown and north beach! Great and funny (and accurate) take on chinatown politics,right down to gangster "squid boy" and a supervisor running a small shop in chinatown.

    7. Fast-paced modern noir story set in San Francisco. I really liked the snappy, sarcastic voice and thumbnail descriptions.

    8. First rate! This is a p. i. series which provides adventure, great characters and a great sense of humor. And I love his feel for San Francisco.

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