NEAL FARGO's a hard-nosed San Francisco private eye, and non-practising attorney. He's also as cold and ruthless as they come. He's also well-dressed, well-built, and, well, shady. As he puts it, "Clients pay me, but I work for myself."
Before making a living as a P.I., Neal was a pro football player and an officer in the Special Forces. A real sharpie, although he occasionally claims that maybe he's not quite as crooked as he makes out to be. After all, isn't there some sort of precedent for that among San Francisco P.I.s?
Neal made his debut in Interface (1974), a bleak, viscious, chilling novel which author Gores and a lot of other people consider his most accomplished novel. Certainly, he's no angel, when we meet him, he's got a lucrative sideline dealing heroin, and spends much of the book tracking down his partner who's ripped off a considerable amount of drugs and money from him. It took Neal another seventeen years to make another appearance, in a short story in The Armchair Detective in 1991.
Joe Gores is a three-time Edgar winner, having nabbed awards for Best First Novel, Best Short Story and Best One-Hour Teleplay. A former private detective, he wrote the novel and screenplay for Wim Wenders film Hammett, and continues to write for television, having contributed to Columbo, B.L. Stryker, Kojak, Magnum, P.I, Mike Hammer, and Remington Steele. He's also resonsible for creating private eyes Danny Durant and Bonecrack Krajewski, but he's best known for his highly-acclaimed DKA series.
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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