Mario Balzic
Created by K.C. Constantine
(pseud. of Carl Kosak)

Imagine if The Continental Op had settled down in Poisonville. That's the premise, more or less, of the highly-acclaimed MARIO BALZIC series by K.C. Constantine.

He's a hard-boiled, streetwise small town police chief who zealously guards his home turf of Rocksburg, a dying industrial town in western Pennsylvania, and will do whatever he has to. He can be tough, he can be cranky as hell, he can be rude and profane, but he can also be surprisingly gentle and compassionate. But don't cross him, just in case.

Balzic performed his duties, serving and protecting the public through a dozen or so books, before retiring, to be replaced by acting police chief Detective Sergeant Rugs Carlucci. And then in 1999's Blood Mud, Balzic returned, working as a private eye, plagued with health problems, hired by an old attorney buddy to investigate an insurance claim.



Thanks to Big Al for putting me straight on this one.

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