The Big Blast


The Big Blast



A missing girl. A shell-shocked soldier. A wife stepping out on her husband. Two women beaten to death. A sinister sabotage plot. A wounded, relentless private eye who will stop at nothing to protect those he loves.

“Lister’s hard-edged prose ranks with the best of contemporary noir fiction.” Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review

Walk the mean streets of wartime Panama City with Jimmy “Soldier” Riley, a wounded, woman-haunted knight errant in Michael Lister’s resonant new noir series Publisher’s Weekly calls “a promising private detective series set in 1940s Florida,” and Library Journal says “peppered with snappy dialog, this hard-boiled mystery by award winner Lister is a swell read.”

“Michael Lister has the world of Florida Panhandle noir all to himself. Tough, violent, and hard-boiled, This novel of obsession and suspense will remind you of Raymond Chandler, Graham Greene, and why you started reading crime novels in the first place.” John Dufresne

Picking up right at the thrilling conclusion of "The Big Bout," "The Big Blast" finds Soldier working three new complex cases and taking care of his friends in wartime Panama City.

History. Mystery. Romance. Action. Thrills. Suspense. Noir.

Stylish, retro, and highly entertaining, Michael Lister's "The Big Blast" continues the romantic, mysterious, adventures of one of the most interesting and compelling classic hard-boiled detectives to come along in a very, very long time.

"Michael Lister successfully brings back the hard-boiled 1940′s P.I. with his Jimmy 'Soldier' Riley series. Soldier has heart, the dialogue is relentlessly hard-boiled, and the local is steamy and original. Lister knows how to mix it all together with the steady hand of a solid pro." Robert Randisi

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