"A thriller in the best Hammett/Chandler tradition . . . Mr. Gores, as always, writes beautifully, with never a wasted word and with a fine feeling for characterization." — The New York Times Due to an "irregular" case handled by a now-deceased agent, the State of California is hell-bent on revoking Dan Kearny's private investigator's license. What began as a dispute over an insignificant sum has spiraled into maelstrom of deception, conspiracy, and violence, launching Kearny and his associates on a cross-country search for witnesses who can clear the company's name. Before long they discover others following in their footsteps — with deadly intent. This new edition of the third book in Joe Gores's DKA File series includes a bonus DKA short story, "File #7: O Black and Unknown Bard." Joe Gores (1931–2011) won Edgar Awards in three separate categories: Best First Novel, Best Short Story, and Best TV Series Segment. His work repossessing cars provided grist for the mill of his DKA series, making them — in the words of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine — "[as] authentic as a fist in your face."