The Detective & the Chinese High-Fin: A John Darvelle Mystery (Paperback)

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Finalist for the 2017 Shamus Award

Attention, fans of Carl Hiaasen, Harlan Coben, and Robert B. Parker! The author of The Detective & The Pipe Girl—nominated for both the Nero Wolfe and Shamus Awards—returns with another whip-smart, funny, and propulsive mystery featuring singular Los Angeles P.I. John Darvelle.

Private Detective John Darvelle is back—drinking cheap beer, playing ping-pong and sharing his philosophy on everything from work/life balance to restaurants with bad air-conditioning. (He doesn’t believe in the former, he despises the latter.)

Darvelle is hired to find the killer of Keaton Fuller, a well-born Los Angeles man gunned down in his own driveway. The cops couldn’t solve the case, in part because everyone who came in contact with Keaton despised him. Translation: Anybody could have done it. Following a trail of the dead man’s betrayals, Darvelle finds himself in the exotic, high-stakes world of rare tropical fish. The fish are certainly valuable enough to kill for, but is there something more menacing going on?

As Darvelle relentlessly drives toward the truth, a showdown awaits that is at once riveting, visceral, and very, very dangerous. It’s a case only he could solve—just as long as he’s willing to put his life on the line.

Praise For…


“A thinking man’s detective takes on a cold case.… An exciting, well-written detective noir whose final twist raises it far above the ordinary.”

“Superior…. Fans of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser will relate to Darvelle, with his nuanced view of humanity and a loving partner to keep him honest.”

“Engaging…. The pleasure here is in joining Darvelle as he trolls between L.A. and La Jolla… breaking for ping-pong and beer, and staying with this intriguing mystery until he solves it.”

“Readers yearning to get away to sunny Los Angeles will relish this new installment in Michael Craven’s John Darvelle series.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062439376
ISBN-10: 0062439375
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Publication Date: June 21st, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: A John Darvelle Mystery