Delilah West V1 by Maxine O'Callaghan

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From Maxine O’Callaghan, Shamus Award nominee and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Private Eye Writers of for the first time ever in a single volume we present the daring short stories and the two bold novels that introduced the world to Delilah West, the female PI who shattered the boundaries of crime fiction.

BAD NEWS & TROUBLE – Before Kinsey Millhone, Sharon McCone and V.I. Warshawski, there was Delilah West, the sensitive, gutsy and resourceful private eye who shattered the boundaries of mystery fiction…starting with the ground-breaking short stories in this collection.

DEATH IS FOREVER – – Ex-cop Delilah West is working as a PI with her husband Jack when he’s killed while investigating a missing person’s case. Grief-stricken and enraged, she becomes obsessed with finding the killer…only to wake up drugged in a skid-row hotel room with him lying beside her with a knife in his back. It’s the perfect frame, nailing her for an obvious revenge killing. Now she’s on the run…living on a razor’s edge trying to avoid capture while searching for the murderers who’ve destroyed her life.

RUN FROM NIGHTMARE – When thirty-year-old Janet Valek dashes off to some small desert town and doesn’t come back, her worried family hires PI Delilah West to check up on her. Delilah gladly accepts the mundane case. Delilah is still reeling from hunting down her husband’s killer and has as buried herself in routine cases ever since. The more routine the better. But it turns out that Janet has vanished, and when corpses turning up dead. Delilah fears Janet may be in a shallow grave…and discovers that there are people who would like to put the feisty PI in one, too.

“Nothing daunts Delilah West and nothing short of a bullet between her ribs can stop her for long,” Los Angeles Times

“Delilah makes an agreeable sleuth: a tough, determined woman whose life seems destined to go from bad to worse,” Booklist

“The thrills mount up in the funny, poignant, surprising mystery,” Publishers Weekly

“Fascinating… a fast-paced page-turner,” Houston Chronicle

“A scrappy, energetic heroine you’ll find yourself pulling for,” Philadelphia Inquirer

About Maxine O'Callaghan

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Maxine O’Callaghan introduced detective Delilah West in a story in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazinethat was so good, it created the female PI genre and blazed the trail that Sue Grafton and others would follow. The Delilah West books have earned her the Private Eye Writers of America lifetime achievement award and recognition as a ground-breaking legend of crime fiction.
Published November 27, 2014 by Brash Books. 429 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction