This is the action-packed novel that launched Jack Lynch’s Edgar Award and two-time Shamus Award-nominated Bragg series…vaulting him into the pantheon of detective fiction masters alongside Raymond Chandler, Sue Grafton, Dashiell Hammett, Robert B. Parker and Ross MacDonald.
“Tough, taut and terse… literate without being lofty, not unlike the work of Hammett himself.” The Thrilling Detective
Korean War vet and ex-reporter Peter Bragg is hired by Armando Barker, a retired mobster, to find out who is targeting him and his eleven-year-old daughter with death threats. But after a gruesome killing of someone close to Barker, the threats become a bloody promise. Barker’s violent past in Sand Valley, a bleak, California desert town, has come back to haunt him with a vengeance. So that’s where Bragg goes, walking right into the vicious, bloody war that’s raging between the town’s factions…and becoming everyone’s target.
"I love that Brash Books has brought the Bragg books back into print. This is straight up some of the best California hard boiled writing you will ever read. Lynch is a natural story teller and has such a wonderful style it is impossible to put the book down. If you like reading noir-ish books or ar a fan of hardboiled detectives grab this book now. It also has one of the best covers I've seen in a LONG time. An all around perfect book." Jon Jordan, Crimespree Magazine
“First-rate, well-plotted. Bragg is a restrained and believable hero. The action scenes are excellent. The gangland gun battle that rages across Sand Valley is a superb.” 101 Knights: A Survey of American Detective Fiction
“Bragg is authentic, gripping, gritty.” San Francisco Examiner
Originally Published as “Bragg’s Hunch.”