Storm Damage by Ed Kovacs

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In a city overwhelmed with murder and mayhem, the last homicide before a Category 5  hurricane wipes out New Orleans is quickly forgotten and remains unsolved.  Until now.

Calling to mind Chinatown’s Jake Gittes or Chandler’s Philip Marlowe comes a new kind of private detective—a mixed-martial arts coach and bare-knuckled former cop who investigates a curious missing persons/murder case.  The cold trail quickly heats up, propelling him into a battle of wits and brawn with the deadliest killers operating in the apocalyptic, post-hurricane ruins of New Orleans.

With no forensic evidence, a destroyed crime scene, and no corpse, Cliff St. James, who’s practically homeless and on the verge of bankruptcy, tenaciously navigates the gritty aftermath of a city that’s barely functioning.  The more layers of deceit he peels away surrounding the case, the grander is the conspiracy that comes into focus, placing him squarely in the cross-hairs of those who specialize in remaining unknown.


About Ed Kovacs

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ED KOVACS has worked for many years as a private security contractor deploying to challenging locations worldwide. He is a member of AFIO, Association for Intelligence Officers, the International Thriller Writers organization, and the Mystery Writers of America. For more information, visit Ed’s website at
Published December 6, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 320 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Ex-cop-cum–mixed-martial artist Cliff St. James is offered a job he can’t refuse when his former friend Sam Siu’s daughter, Twee, offers him work as a private investigator.

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Publishers Weekly

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Kovacs’s gritty debut, the first in a series set in post-Katrina New Orleans, introduces PI Cliff St. James.

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Reviewing the Evidence

In a city ravaged by corruption and Hurricane Katrina, a murder occurs shortly before the storm hits.

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Ex-NOPD detective Cliff St. James is just getting by, running a Katrina-damaged dojo in New Orleans, when one of his last unsolved cases as a cop becomes his first case as a private investigator in Storm Damage, the first mystery in this series by Ed Kovacs.

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The Morning Sun

As St. James looks for answers, he wanders through a city that is as dark -- and the characters as hard to pin down -- as the floodwaters still swirling in many of the city's streets.

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