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A Nasty Piece of Work

A Novel

By Robert Littell, 1935-

Former CIA agent Lemuel Gunn left the battlefield of Afghanistan for early retirement in the desert of New Mexico, where he works as a private investigator from the creature comforts, such as they are, of a mobile home.

Into his life comes Ornella Neppi, a thirty-something woman making a hash out of her uncle’s bail bonds business. The source of her troubles, Emilio Gava, was arrested for buying cocaine. Ornella has reason to believe he is planning to jump bail. Unless she can find him, her uncle is going to be $125,000 out of pocket.

For $95-a-day plus expenses (not to mention the pleasure of her company), Gunn agrees to help Ornella track the wayward suspect down. Curiously, no photographs of Gava seem to exist. Once Gunn begins his manhunt, he starts to wonder whether Gava himself existed in the first place.
            Robert Littell has been widely praised as one of the best espionage writers of our time. Now, he’s turned his formidable skills toward crime fiction in A Nasty Piece of Work, a novel that Le Monde has already praised as “one of those page-turning detective tales that feels like an instant classic.… A Chandleresque noir novel, as delightful as it is suspenseful.”


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Book

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Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9781250021458


Format: Book
Author: Littell, Robert, 1935-
Summary: "Robert Littell has been widely praised as one of the best writers in the espionage genre. Now, he's turned his formidable skills towards crime fiction in a novel that has echoes of the great Raymond Chandler. Former CIA agent Lemuel Gunn left the battlefield of Afghanistan for the desert of New Mexico, where he works as a private investigator from the comforts, such as they are, of a mobile home. Into his life comes Ornella Neppi, a thirty-something woman making a hash out of her uncle's bail bonds business. The source of her troubles, Emilio Gava, was arrested for buying cocaine. He's jumped bail and now she's about to pay the price for it. Curiously, no photographs of Gava seem to exist. And once Gunn begins his search, for $95 a day plus expenses, it becomes unclear whether Gava even existed in the first place"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: A nasty piece of work : a novel / Robert Littell.
Publisher Date: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Subject: Private investigators -- Fiction Bail bond agents -- Fiction. Missing persons -- Fiction FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General. FICTION / Literary. New Mexico -- Fiction
Isbn: 9781250021458 (hardcover)
Current Holds: 2
System Items Available: 3
System Items Total: 6
Call Number: M Littell
Oclc: 827841426
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Bib Id: 457906

Format: Book
Author: Littell, Robert, 1935-
Summary: "A master of the spy genre crafts an exemplary detective novel, starring a former CIA agent turned private investigator, that already has the feel of a classic Robert Littell has been widely praised as one of the best writers in the espionage genre. Now, he's turned his formidable skills towards crime fiction in A Nasty Piece of Work, a novel that has echoes of the great Raymond Chandler. Former CIA agent Lemuel Gunn left the battlefield of Afghanistan for the desert of New Mexico, where he works as a private investigator from the comforts, such as they are, of a mobile home. Into his life comes Ornella Neppi, a thirty-something woman making a hash out of her uncle's bail bonds business. The source of her troubles, Emilio Gava, was arrested for buying cocaine. He's jumped bail and now she's about to pay the price for it. Curiously, no photographs of Gava seem to exist. And once Gunn begins his search, for $95 a day plus expenses, it becomes unclear whether Gava even existed in the first place"-- Provided by publisher.
Summary: "Robert Littell has been widely praised as one of the best writers in the espionage genre. Now, he's turned his formidable skills towards crime fiction in a novel that has echoes of the great Raymond Chandler. Former CIA agent Lemuel Gunn left the battlefield of Afghanistan for the desert of New Mexico, where he works as a private investigator from the comforts, such as they are, of a mobile home. Into his life comes Ornella Neppi, a thirty-something woman making a hash out of her uncle's bail bonds business. The source of her troubles, Emilio Gava, was arrested for buying cocaine. He's jumped bail and now she's about to pay the price for it. Curiously, no photographs of Gava seem to exist. And once Gunn begins his search, for $95 a day plus expenses, it becomes unclear whether Gava even existed in the first place"-- Provided by publisher.
Title: A nasty piece of work : a novel / Robert Littell.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Description: viii, 259 pages ; 22 cm
Subjects: Private investigators -- Fiction
Subjects: Bail bond agents -- Fiction.
Subjects: Missing persons -- Fiction
Subjects: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General.
Subjects: FICTION / Literary.
Subjects: New Mexico -- Fiction
LCCN: 2013023797
ISBN: 9781250021458 (hardcover)
Requests: 2
Available Copies: 3
Total Copies: 6
Call Number: M Littell