Bishop has developed a software program to play chess against human opponents that he claims is the most advanced ever written, but before it is released, he finds that the software has been stolen when he stumbles across a vendor demonstrating the game at a trade show.
Enter August Riordan: a jazz bass-playing private eye who is cynical, irreverent and given to speaking his mind with unreconstructed candor. Although Bishop wants to hire a discreet private detective with a strong sense of professional ethics, as Riordan says, "It was his tough luck he happened to pick me."
Riordan careens through the very modern milieu of Silicon Valley in his quest for the chess program, enmeshing himself in more than just high technology. Jazz music, the underground world of S&M and an unlikely partnership with Chris Duckworth, a smart aleck gay man whom he meets at a bar called The Stigmata, are all part of the intriguing adventure.
This special edition from Poltroon Press is illustrated with 30 photographs and incorporates many of the design elements of the famous Borzoi Books first edition of The Big Sleep published by Knopf in 1939.
About the Author:
Born in New Mexico in 1957, Mark Coggins earned two degrees and a Phi Beta Kappa key from Stanford University. He has worked for a number of Silicon Valley computer and venture capital firms, including Netscape Communications and three (other) software start-ups. He introduced the character of August Riordan in a novella titled "There's No Such Thing as Private Eyes" published in The New Black Mask, vol.4, Harcourt, Brace Jovanovich. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Linda and their cat Taki.
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What People are Saying About This
Mark Coggins brings us good writing, wit, a great plot idea and an intriguing high tech background in The Immortal Game. Don't miss it.
TONY HILLERMAN, author of the best-selling Navajo mystery series
Mark Coggins writes tight prose with a clean, unadorned style; he is a Hammett for the turn of the 21st century. The chess background of The Immortal Game would have pleased Raymond Chandler, and if I may be excused the hubris of placing myself in their company, the character of August Riordan interests me no end. I hope to see a good deal more from this fine writer.
LOREN D. ESTLEMAN, author of The Hours of the Virgin and Thunder City.
The Immortal Game Deserves to take its place in the immortal tradition of the classic ddtective novel. (Donna Levin, author of Extordinary Means and California Street.)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
First in the series. This one mixes silicon valley high tech (of the 90's), chess, and S & M. Quite a combunation. August meets his future partner, Chris Duckworth, early in the book and they bond in fighting crime and discovering misdeeds. With his hat off to Dashiell Hammett, Coggins pulls some cute antics - the flood building; home and secretary are all similar to Hammett.
I live in Texas and did not have access to this book, but was lucky enough to get it from a friend in California. I'm very glad I got it because this is one of the most entertaining mysteries I've ever read. The lead character, August Riordan, is possibly the most enjoyable character that I've had the good fortune to 'meet'. I finished this book way too quickly and hope that the author, Mark Coggins, writes fast. I look forward to more August Riordan mysteries and hope you (the reader of this review) buys this book and reads it. The Immortal Game is a book that deserves a WIDE audience and I hope this review helps just a little.