In Telegraph Hill, private detective Ray Infantino searches for a missing girl named Tania. The case takes him to San Francisco, the city he abandoned years ago after his fiance was murdered.
Thrust into his old city haunts, Ray finds that Tania may not be lost at all. Tania saw a murder; and a criminal gang, the Black Fist Triad, wants to make sure she never sees anything again. Ray enlists help from an old flame, Dominique, but now he has three women on his mind.
Meeting with various witnesses — ex-cops, prostitutes, skinheads — he relentlessly tracks the evidence. But the hunt for Tania fires his obsession with avenging the murder of his fiance. When the triad retaliates, and blood begins to flow, Ray must walk the knife edge between revenge and redemption on the streets of San Francisco.
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Telegraph Hill by John Nardizzi
A must read if you love Crime Fiction Noir and San Francisco!
I don't normally read crime fiction, but a friend insisted I read John Nardizzi's "Telegraph Hill" before my trip out to the city by the bay. I was surprised how easily I was submerged into the seedy underbelly of the Tenderloin. I felt like I was right there walking the streets, looking over my shoulder for a Black Fist Triad member, tasting and smelling the true grit of downtown SF with the author's specific writing style. Nardizzi was able to capture other areas of the Bay Area with clarity and imagination. I have to admit the language in the first chapter struck me as raw and gritty - but that holds true how life is in a rough neighborhood. I was drawn in, and any resistance I felt to reading this genre melted away. "Telegraph Hill" is a true page turner. Infantino is a terrific main protagonist - a true troubled character that you root for every step of the way.