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      A routine studio security job turns deadly when a star is ambushed, a mysterious kidnapping occurs, and suddenly Kane is swept up in a maze of Hollywood Bigwigs' adulterous affairs, underground movies and some vicious killers from the post-war Hungarian mob. A studio's fate hangs in the balance, an innocent's life is at stake, and Kane's only solutions may be to rely on his high-priced call girl's ruse to bring the killer to justice.


From the reviews of:

The Deal Killer  


The Deal Killer . . . Lots of sex, oodles of gossip, and everything readers of pulp fiction want...Bludis captures the time and setting in a detailed and intricate plot sure to have the reader glued to the story. He continues to entertain and carve his own niche in the genre. An exciting and well-balanced pulp detective read for a rainy day.

--The Midwest Book Review  


A year ago, in The Big Switch, (Jack Bludis) introduced Brian Kane, a Camels-smoking, Ford-driving former flatfoot who -- despite talk of his working the not-so-glitzy side of La-La Land . . . with some help from model and "call girl by choice" Kitty Chaney, he (has) an assignment that will open up a whoppin' can of worms, putting him in the ring against Hungarian mobsters and underground pornographers, and leading to the execution of an escort-cum-starlet . . . Maryland author Bludis adds to that a layer of unexpected warmth, in the relationship between Kane and Kitty . . . The Deal Killer nicely captures the atmosphere of postwar L.A., without overdoing pop-culture references, and it doesn't depend egregiously on clichés to maintain its pulp-fiction tone. That makes this a deal that's hard to pass up.

--January Magazine


A friendly cop and Kane's brainy call girl girlfriend help him untangle the mess of Hungarian mobsters and movie stars in this fast-paced, entertaining book. 

--Lev Raphael, The Detroit Free Press


If you enjoyed James Ellroy's "L.A. Confidential" or Stuart M. Kaminsky's Toby Peters' Mysteries, you're going to love Jack Bludis' work. The Deal Killer brings back Jack's hard-boiled P.I., Brian Kane for a second round with the stars, the starlets, producers, and movie moguls of the Hollywood of the late 40s and early 50s. Kane holds no punches nor does he take no for an answer when it comes to solving the case . . . Jack takes a genre that's prone to cliché and manages to keep true to the soul of hard-boiled fiction with a fresh and original story.

--Anthony Dauer,


The Deal Killer the second Kane 1950s Hollywood private investigative tale is an exciting hard-boiled detective story with an undercoating of humor that somewhat softens yet hones the plot's edge. Sub-genre fans will relish the story line that moves briskly forward mostly through the actions and interactions with and to Brian who struggles with uncooperative clients. Jack Bludis furbishes a delightful tale for those readers who enjoy a tough but caring sleuth doing the job his way. 

--Harriet Klausner, #1 Amazon reviewer



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