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Publisher's Summary

Dan J. Marlowe once declared in a newspaper column that his stories didn't care who wrote them. Readers of his prolific hardboiled detective tales are grateful that the stories chose him.

You wouldn't think he'd end up a writer if you looked at his resume: his mother died young and he was raised by two aunts. He graduated from Bentley School of Accounting and Finance. He worked as an assistant manager, was office manager for a wholesale tobacco company, and he liked to gamble professionally. After his wife died he left Washington DC behind, moved to New York, and became a writer. His first novel was published when Marlowe was 45 years old. A strange twist of fate caused a real-life bandit to become a fan of his work and eventually a collaborator in his novels.

In this story, Tony Alfiera and Marty Donovan were a team. They worked together on the police force and were both what you would call "good cops". Like any team they shared details of their private lives with each other: Marty knew Tony cheated on his wife Lenore, but Tony didn't know that Marty had fallen in love with her. An unauthorized stake-out to catch a jewel thief ends with Lenore a widow, the murderer on the run, and Marty in the most difficult position of his career.

©2013 Braman Publications (P)2014 Braman Publications

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Good dark detective story.

What did you love best about Backfire?

A solid Dan Marlowe novel. Not his best one but good.

What did you like best about this story?

Nice characterization.

Have you listened to any of Richard J. Brewer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First. time. Well done.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

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Pretty good

Would you consider the audio edition of Backfire to be better than the print version?

Pretty good dark "noir" mystery.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Backfire?

Ending..quite a surprise.

What does Richard J. Brewer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He did a good job.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Did it on one long car trip.