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Publication Order of DKA File Books

Dead Skip (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Final Notice (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Gone, No Forwarding (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
32 Cadillacs (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Contract Null & Void (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stakeout on Page Street (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cons, Scams & Grifts (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Dance of the Dead (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

Honolulu, Port of Call (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mostly Murder (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Speak of the Devil (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost Stories (With: Dashiell Hammett) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Black Lizard Anthology of Crime Fiction(1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Historical Whodunits(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Cases, Volume 1: First Appearances of Classic Private Eyes(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
First Cases, Volume 1(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mysterious Press Anniversary Anthology: Celebrating 25 Years(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
San Francisco Noir 2(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon

Joe Gores
Joe Gores (full name: Joseph Nicholas Gores) was born December 25, 1931 in Rochester, Minnesota. He served in the US Army, writing biographies of generals at the Pentagon. Joe received a degree in English Literature from Notre Dame and a Master’s in English Literature from Stanford.

He spent twelve years as a private investigator in San Francisco. Joe also worked as an assistant motel manager, a truck driver, an English teacher at a boys’ school in Kenya, and a logger.

He is the winner of Japan’s Maltese Falcon Award in 1986. He won the Private Eye Writers of America lifetime achievement award. He won three Edgar Allan Poe Awards in three separate categories, winning one for Best First Novel for “A Time of Predators”, Best TV Series Segment for an episode of “Kojak” called “No Immunity for Murder”, and Best Short Story for “Goodbye, Pops”. He is one of three authors to win three Edgars in three different categories, the other two are William L. DeAndrea and Donald E. Westlake. “Come Morning” and “32 Cadillacs” were both nominated for Best Novel Edgars, as well.

Besides Kojak, he wrote television scripts for popular television mysteries like: “Mrs. Columbo”, “B. L. Stryker”, “Magnum, P. I.”, and “Remington Steele”.

“Hammett”, a novel released in the year 1975, was adapted into a movie called “Hammett”, which was released in the year 1982.

Joe’s debut novel, called “A Time of Predators”, was released in the year 1969. His work is from the mystery and thriller genres, and he wrote the “DKA File” series, which is a thinly veiled escalation of his work as a repo man and confidential sleuth. Joe also wrote dozens of novels, television scripts, and screenplays.

His last novel was a prequel to Dashiell Hammett’s “Maltese Falcon”, called “Spade and Archer”, and was released in the year 2009.

He died on January 10, 2011 at the age of 79 in Greenbrae, California. He died fifty years to the day that Dashiell Hammett died.

“A Time of Predators” is the first stand alone novel and was released in the year 1969. The gang was just looking for a little fun, as they were restless. They roughed up some guy they believed to be a homosexual, however their game wound up getting out of hand and their victim ended up blinded.

It was Paula Halstead’s bad luck she witnessed this attack and caught a glimpse of one of these boys. After they were done with her, she ended up killing herself.

The police have zero leads and are unable to track down the culprits. Paula’s husband hires one private investigator to do what the cops have been unable to without success. Curt Halstead refuses to give up. He is going to get vengeance on the guys that tortured and raped his wife, even if he has to enter their world of murder, sex, and violence.

This is a very hard hitting and eye opening tale about a middle aged college professor’s transformation. The conclusion is the best part, as you get to see every aspect of Halstead’s true nature come into play.

“Cons, Scams, and Grifts” is the sixth novel in the “DKA File” series and was released in the year 2001. Dan Kearny Associates (in San Francisco) raids a classic car dealership, a dying Gypsy (in Los Angeles) fingers a Gypsy princess for killing him. A rare treasure is stolen by Victor Hess, an oil tycoon. In Rome, Willem Van de Post plots with one powerful ally to get it back.

The intrigue is continued once the Gypsies hire DKA to locate their princess, and one German baron hires the firm to test the security of Hess’ mountain fortress. Nobody is who they appear to be, however they all have one thing in common. They are all scamming their way to Rome, where one spectacular con is going to explode with lethal finality.

“Glass Tiger” is a stand alone novel and was released in the year 2006. Brendan Thorne, an ex-CIA sniper and ex-ranger, has sworn off all violence when his presence at one top-secret meeting. Halden Corwin, a legendary Vietnam sniper and a mercenary, has vowed to murder the newly elected president of the United States, and the government’s computers picked Thorne as the one most likely to locate Corwin.

Special Agent Terrill Hatfield’s ace FBI team is set to take care of the rest of it. However, when the plan doesn’t quite go as described, Thorne realizes he has been pulled into a tangled web of double-crosses, lies, and ambitions that are going to force him to have to stand and fight.

This is a quick-paced thriller filled with some stunning revelations, and is sure to leave the reader short of breath.

“Spade & Archer” is a stand alone novel and was released in the year 2009. We know how P. I. Sam Spade is right from the start of Hammett’s book: no favors, straight talk, and a second skin like protective shell. We know that Miles Archer, Spade’s deceased partner, was a son of a bitch and that Spade is sleeping with Iva (Archer’s wife), and that Effie (Spade’s tomboyish secretary) is the only innocent in his life at all. What we do not know is quite how Spade became who he is. This novel completes that image.

In the year 1921, Spade forms his own agency in San Francisco. The next seven years he deals with banking swindlers, bumbling cops, gold smugglers, booze runners, and the illegitimate daughter of Sun Yat-sen. As well as with other guy’s mistresses, murder, and long-missing money.

He takes on Archer as his partner, even though Archer took his girl while he was fighting in the First World War. He is going to tangle with one villain that has planned what he believes is the perfect crime And he’s going to fall in love, however, it isn’t going to turn out for the best, because it never does with dames.

This is the work of a master mystery author, and is destined to become a classic in its own right. It is a pitch-perfect and gritty noir novel.

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