by Gabriel Valjan
March 13-24, 2023 Virtual Book Tour
Boston might be white with snow, but there’s nothing but a winter’s darkness for Shane Cleary, a former cop, veteran, and reluctant PI. There’s an international war within the mafia over drugs, and he has been asked to find the nephew of the local crime boss. When federal agencies descend on the city and order the police department to stand down on a homicide, the BPD reaches out to Shane for answers.
Shane’s past in Vietnam comes to haunt him when the corpse of a veteran is found on Boston Common, frozen to death in front of the State House. Then, a former army buddy comes to town looking for justice. His presence endangers all that Shane holds dear.
Shane must come to terms with a side of himself he thought he had left behind. The mounting body count and circumstances compel him to play a game of Liar’s Dice. Can he deceive and detect deception around him? Protect those he loves, while he solves the cases?
Praise for Liar’s Dice:
“Gabriel Valjan writes like a poet but his PI Shane Cleary packs a wallop worthy of Mickey Spillane.”
Clea Simon, Boston Globe bestselling author of HOLD ME DOWN
“Gabriel Valjan is the godfather of organized crime fiction and LIAR’S DICE is all the proof you need.”
James L’Etoile, author of the Detective Nathan Parker series
“Gritty, smart, sharply written, Valjan’s Liar’s Dice is a welcome addition to the canon of fine PI fiction.”
Reed Farrel Coleman, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of SLEEPLESS CITY
“A fast-paced mystery that kept me flipping the pages, needing to find out what would happen next. Shane Cleary is a complex, brilliantly written protagonist. A terrific read.”
Hannah Mary McKinnon, internationally bestselling author of Never Coming Home
“Warning: Pick up a copy, turn the page, and you’ll be hooked. Liar’s Dice ticks the boxes: an interesting tale that’s economical and tight, descriptions that are full and rich, dialogue that’s real, and characters that spring to life. Gabriel Valjan just has a way of making every word count.”
Dietrich Kalteis, winner of the 2022 Crime Writers of Canada Award of Excellence for best novel
“Gabriel Valjan crafts a vivid portrait of 1970s Boston to life in LIAR’S DICE. Shane Cleary deserves to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the city’s other famous PIs—a haunted but compassionate character who cuts through a swath of Mob crime with Valjan’s trademark wit and style.”
James D.F. Hannah, Shamus-winning author of BEHIND THE WALL OF SLEEP and SHE TALKS TO ANGELS
As much an intricately plotted mystery as a deep exploration of the dark side of Boston in the 1970s, this latest installment of the critically-acclaimed Shane Cleary series takes an unflinching view of the once powerful Boston mafia, while Shane deals with the aftermath of his time in Vietnam. Richly drawn characterization and a well-plotted mystery will have you eagerly awaiting what comes next in this enticing series!
Edwin Hill, author of THE SECRETS WE SHARE
Genre: Crime Fiction; Mystery; Private Investigator; Noir; Historical Fiction
Published by: HISTORIA
Publication Date: March 2023
Number of Pages: 292
Series:Shane Cleary Mystery, #4
Book Links: Amazon
Read an excerpt:
Gabriel Valjan writes historical crime fiction. He is the recipient of the Macavity Award for Best Short Story and he has been listed for the Bridport and Fish Prizes, the Agatha, Anthony, Derringer, and Silver Falchion Awards. He lives in Boston’s South End and answers to a tuxedo cat named Munchkin.
Catch Up With Gabriel:
BookBub – @gvaljan
Instagram – @gabrielvaljan
Twitter – @GValjan
Tour Host Info:
Book Formats: ePub, Print, Netgalley
Hosting Options: Reviews Only
Giveaway: There will be a tour-wide PICT Giveaway
More: According to the author Liar’s Dice does not include: Explicit Sexual Scenes, Rape, or other trigger situations. Readers may encounter content that is considered to be: Excessive Strong Language or Graphic Violence. Generally the content is considered to be: Moderate (moderate language, moderate sexual content, high level of sexual tension & content, no more than a scene that’s graphic or explicit) content. At this time, PICT staff have not yet read this book and cannot give additional information.
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