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Joe GoresJoe Gores (December 25, 1931 - January 10, 2011), was an American mystery writer. He was known best for his novels and short stories set in San Francisco and featuring the fictional "Dan Kearney and Associates" (the "DKA Files") private investigation firm specializing in repossessing cars, a thinly veiled escalation of his own experiences as a confidential sleuth and repo man.

He attended Stanford University (they rejected his first proposal for a thesis, a critical examination of Hammett, Chandler and Macdonald). Along the way he worked as a truck driver, a bodybuilding instructor, a hod carrier, a logger, a clerk, a driver, a carny, an English teacher at a boy's school in Kenya and as an assistant motel manager.

Gores obtained a degree in English Literature from Notre Dame University and received a Masters degree, also in English Literature, from Stanford University in 1961. He worked for 12 years as a real-life private investigator.

In 1986, Gores was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America.

His last published novel, Spade and Archer (2009), was a fitting tribute to the man and his talent. And to his idol. It was a prequel of sorts to Hammett's most famous novel, The Maltese Falcon.

Joe Gores Book List and Awards
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Glass Tiger
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Cases
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Contract Null and Void
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Menaced Assassin
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Author Signed Hardcover Book. 2006 NY: Harcourt First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author.  This is a collectible book free from material defects.  Jacket covering services are available for a small fee..

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1993 NY: Mysterious Press  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author.  This is a collectible book free from material defects.  Jacket covering services are available for a small fee.

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Author Signed Hardcover Book.  1994 NY: Grand Central First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket, signed by the author.  This is a collectible book free from material defects.  Jacket covering services are available for a small fee..

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Joe Gores Bibliography

Novels
  • A Time of Predators (1969)
  • Dead Skip (1972)
  • Final Notice (1973)
  • Interface (1974)
  • Hammett (1975)
  • Gone, No Forwarding (1978)
  • Come Morning (1986)
  • Wolf Time (1989)
  • 32 Cadillacs (1992)
  • Dead Man (1993; Eddie Dain)
  • Menaced Assassin (1994)
  • Contract: Null and Void (1996)
  • Cases (1999; Pierce Duncan)
  • Cons, Scams and Grifts (2001)
  • Glass Tiger (2006)
  • Spade and Archer (2009)
Collections
  • Mostly Murder (1992)
  • Speak of the Devil: 14 Tales of Crimes and Their Punishments (1999)
  • Stakeout on Page Street (2000)
Joe Gores Awards

1993 - Edgar Award for Best Novel (32 Cadillacs)
1987 - Edgar Award for Best Novel (Come Morning)
1985 - Edgar Award for Best Episode in a TV Series (Seven Dead Eyes)
1976 - Edgar Award for Best Episode in a TV Series (No Immunity for Murder)
1974 - Edgar Award for Best Short Story (The O'Bannon Blarney File)
1970 - Edgar Award for Best First Novel (A Time for Predators)
1970 - Edgar Award for Best Short Story (Goodbye, Pops) (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine; Volume: Dec. '69)
1986 - Maltese Falcon Award (Japan's highest commendation in the mystery fiction field)

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