The Immortal Game

The Immortal Game

by Mark Coggins


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When the world's most innovative computer chess software is stolen, wisecracking, jazz bass-playing PI August Riordan is hired to find it.

Sifting through a San Francisco peopled with bruising, ex-NFL henchmen, transvestite techno geeks, and alluring, drug-addicted dominatrices, Riordan has got his work cut out for him.

But with a smart-ass attitude like Riordan's, nothing is easy ...

A darkly comic sojourn through a town unrecognizable from the Tony Bennett song and the Rice-a-Roni ads, The Immortal Game is a Shamus and Barry award nominee and a San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781453747582
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/11/2010
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 321,977
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Mark Coggins studied creative writing with Tobias Wolff and Ron Hansen at Stanford University and wrote the first story featuring his series character August Riordan in a class taught by Hansen. This story, "There's No Such Thing as Private Eyes," was later published in The New Black Mask, a revival of Black Mask, the famous pulp magazine that thrived in the 30s and 40s.

His books have been nominated for the Shamus and the Barry crime fiction awards and have been selected for best of the year lists compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Detroit Free Press and, among others.

Three of his novels have been translated for foreign markets. RUNOFF won the Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Mystery/Suspense category, THE BIG WAKE-UP won the Independent Publisher Book Award in the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller category and THE IMMORTAL GAME was optioned for a film. His work has been collected for the California History Room by the California State Library and the San Francisco History Center by the San Francisco Public Library.

Mark lives in San Francisco with his wife Linda and their cat Taki.

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Immortal Game 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
pharrm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.