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Telegraph Hill by John F. Nardizzi

Telegraph Hill

by John F. Nardizzi

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San Francisco seems like a legendary city to me; it's one I've always wanted to visit but haven't had the opportunity. One of the joys of reading is that I can visit such a place through the magical descriptions of talented writers. Telegraph Hill took me to San Francisco on a breathless trip up and down hills, across bridges, and looking out on the bay. In addition, I saw the city through the eyes of a fascinating character, P.I. Ray Infantino, and an excellent plot.

Author John Nardizzi is himself a private investigator and lawyer as well as author in Boston. That lends the necessary authenticity to his characters' actions, with allowance of course for a little extra heroism and ability to escape the bad guys.

Infantino has been hired by an attorney in Boston to find a Chinese woman in San Francisco. Supposedly her family is concerned about her and just wants to be assured that she is all right. Actually she has worked as a prostitute, has ties to the Black Fist Triad, and is on the run from the triad. Things start to smell fishy almost immediately as Infantino runs into Asian thugs at every turn. We know part of her story, just enough to make us worry about whether she'll survive long enough for him to save her.

Meanwhile, Infantino's fiance was killed in San Francisco ten years earlier and he's still on the trail of the man responsible. He looks up an old girlfriend, Dominique, who also has contacts he requires to find Tania Kong. The story is enough to take your breath away and the chase scenes are brilliant. At one point during a guns blazing flight, a tourist couple think they've stumbled into a movie set and begin asking people for autographs. These flashes of the most clever writing catch the reader up short and you laugh as Infantino gets away yet away.

This book cries out for a movie version and definitely a sequel. We must know what happens next to this honorable and courageous private investigator.

Highly recommended
Source: Partners in Crime Book Tours ( )
  bjmitch | Jun 19, 2014 |
In his debut novel, Telegraph Hill, author John F. Nardizzi weaves an exciting crime fiction thriller that transports the reader to the seedy side of San Francisco as they follow Boston private investigator Ray Infantino on his latest case.

Ray is hired to find a missing Chinese woman in San Francisco. This will be his first trip back to San Francisco in over five years since the murder of his fiancee Diana at the hands of a white supremacist group. While searching for the missing woman, Tania Kong, a prostitute who was a witness to a murder by The Black Fist Triad, a Chinese crime gang, he continues his own personal investigation into his fiancee's murder with the help of his old flame, Dominique Arnello. Dangerous criminal activities lurks around every corner of the gritty Tenderloin neighborhood ... will Ray solve the case of the missing woman, and his own personal need to seek revenge for his fiancee's death?

Telegraph Hill is an intriguing novel that easily draws the reader into private investigator Ray Infantino's investigative adventures. This fast-paced crime thriller transports the reader back and forth between Boston and San Francisco as Ray works to solve the complex mystery of the missing prostitute, and his own personal investigation into his fiancee's murder. There's enough action and suspenseful twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing what will happen next as the investigations unfold on the gritty streets of San Francisco.

Author John Nardizzi utilizes his extensive legal and investigative experience to weave a thrilling tale that takes the reader on one hell of a roller coaster ride. He captures the essence of the settings with a very detailed descriptions of the sights and sounds of both Boston and San Francisco. You can't help but feel like you are walking the streets with Ray as he goes about his investigations. There is a great mixture of intensity and humor to Ray's character, plus a quirky cast of supporting characters, witty dialogue and dramatic interactions, and a riveting multi-layered and complex storyline that easily keeps the reader's attention throughout the whole book.

If you are looking for a riveting dark noiresque crime thriller featuring a snazzy private investigator that will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat in suspense, then Telegraph Hill is the perfect book to read this summer!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.

http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2014/06/telegraph-hill-by-john-f-nardi... ( )
  JerseyGirlBookReview | Jun 16, 2014 |
Telegraph Hill by John Nardizzi is a beautifully written, sometimes gritty Private Investigator tale. Set in San Francisco and Boston, the author picks up on flavors of both cities and their history to make a story to enjoy. Selective in wording, such as a man having a “canine loyalty” loaded with short action scenes and the back history of the Chinese Triads makes this story both rich and compact.

Private Detective Ray Infantino receives an assignment in Boston to find a missing Chinese girl named Tania Kong. Her sister wants to know that she is alright as she hadn’t heard from her in years. Ray uses interviews, old newspaper records and jail photos to track her down. But there is much more to this assignment than what his client tells him. Tangling with the underworld of Chinese Triads and also feeling the urge for revenge for the death of his fiancé in the past is driving Ray through this tight rope walking adventure.

The skillfully created characters make me want to read more of Ray Infantino’s adventures. I would to see this book as the beginning of a series.

I highly recommend this P.I. Mystery to all mystery readers.

I received a free copy of Telegraph Hill by John Nardizzi. but that in no way influenced my thoughts or feelings in this review. ( )
  Carolee888 | Jun 2, 2014 |
“San Francisco: where you went when no one was talking to you anymore.” So illustrates the ostracized tone of Telegraph Hill, the new neo crime noir penned by real-life private eye John Nardizzi that is just as much about finding as it is being lost.

Sculpted after the PI pulp of days past, Nardizzi covers a tried and true page-turning formula: disenchanted detective tracking down an elusive prostitute who witnessed a gang shooting before blood-thirsty Chinese triads get to her first.

The story encompasses all the classic requisites of an urban thriller – narrow escapes, sexy femme fatales, investigative interludes and violent crescendos – but is refreshingly countered with cheek towards clichéd noir symbols (“He wondered why steam still drifted from manholes in the 21st century”).

The author squeezes in, at times a bit forced, nearly every Bay Area landmark, but might have done better with a retro ‘70s setting, as today’s triad syndicates, mostly operating through legitimate multinational corporations, are not nearly as prevalent nor trigger-happy as portrayed.

Where this novel stands apart, then, is the lyrical prose and intimate observations of lesser-known S.F. neighborhoods and their respective counter-cultures (The Tenderloin “where trannys look better than the real women”).

Chinese cultural references and scenes in Hong Kong appealed to this San Francisco City native living as an expatriate in China, as did the subtle themes of displacement, from the cast-out protagonist to the astray prostitute (“She realized there was no one here for her anymore”). ( )
  chinaphotographer | Apr 7, 2014 |
I won this book in Eformat from:
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  Nitzan_Schwarz | Sep 25, 2013 |
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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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