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A Nasty Piece of Work

Lf existed in the first place Robert Littell has been widely praised as one of the best espionage writers of our time Now he's turned his formidable skills toward crime fiction in A Nasty Piece of Work a novel that Le Monde has already praised as one of those page turning detective tales that feels like an instant classic A Chandleresue noir novel as delightful as it is suspenseful. Lemuel Gunn former soldier homicide cop and CIA asset works as a private eye in the southwest He is approached by a bail bondsman womanactually who is soon due to be out 175000K unless the bail jumper who ratted himself out to the cops is found Gunn goes after the jumper He gets involved with the client almost inevitably And then everyone s real motives get unearthed There s a couple of good surprises toward the end the local color is good and the main characters are interesting enough to spend a couple of hours with Having scruples as he did before the CIA fired him Gunn may not make a fortune as a pi though he is tough and smart

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Uying cocaine Ornella has reason to believe he is planning to jump bail Unless she can find him her uncle is going to be 125000 out of pocketFor 95 a day plus expenses not to mention the pleasure of her company Gunn agrees to help Ornella track the wayward suspect down Curiously no photographs of Gava seem to exist Once Gunn begins his manhunt he starts to wonder whether Gava himse. A definite disappointment A highly acclaimed author of spy thrillers with a special affinity for the workings of the CIA comes up with a formulaic first person PI crime novel with a loose even forced CIA connection At times I wondered if this was supposed to be a parody but I couldn t find any wit or humor to convince me So we have a typical tough but tender middle aged bachelor but not a drunk who went from New Jersey Homicide detective to overseas CIA operative an everyday career path eh but was drummed out due to his high moral standards involving the cover up of atrocities by an all evil US Army suadron in Afghanistan who is now a lowly PI living in a mobile home in the outskirts of Las Cruces NM but who can still get the younger women and SPOILER ALERTtakes on both sides of a Mafia dispute and comes out on top Added bonuses just in case you weren t sure he was a good guy he has an adopted Afghan daughter whom he rescued from the evil American forces And there are enough metaphors to fill several books often applied judgmentally to everyone he comes across And the good cops c 2010 don t use or understand or apparently need computers cell phones etc And did our narrator remind you than once that he s really a man for the past century Gag me with another clicheActually the plot could have been right at home in an El Leonard novel but the writing would have been way different

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Former CIA agent Lemuel Gunn left the battlefield of Afghanistan for early retirement in the desert of New Mexico where he works as a private investigator from the creature comforts such as they are of a mobile homeInto his life comes Ornella Neppi a thirty something woman making a hash out of her uncle's bail bonds business The source of her troubles Emilio Gava was arrested for b. I suspect this noir detective novel will be enjoyable to those who are not fans of Robert Littell s work Littell s oeuvre consists of spy novels Although uneven with a few not so good works his good works are GREAT works eg The Company The Sisters The Defection of AJ Lewinter The Once and Future Spy I have two Problems with this departure of Littell from his normal genre First it is way too similar to his earlier book Walking Back the Cat Second Walking Back the Cat wasn t one of his best books If you are a Littell fan as I am I d say this one can be skipped If you re not a Littell fan you might like it Standing entirely on its own the book isn t too bad It just isn t too Littell either


About the Author: Robert Littell

An American author residing in France He specializes in spy novels that often concern the CIA and the Soviet Union He became a journalist and worked many years for Newsweek during the Cold War He's also an amateur mountain climber and is the father of award winning novelist Jonathan Littell



10 thoughts on “A Nasty Piece of Work

  1. says:

    Brief SummaryA hot chick shows up on a PI's doorstep asking for help She needs him to track down a bail jumper Turns out the bail jumper was in the FBI's witness protection program and intentionally got caught buying coke so he could get out

  2. says:

    I suspect this noir detective novel will be enjoyable to those who are not fans of Robert Littell's work Littell's oeuvre consists of spy novels Although uneven with a few not so good works his good works are GREAT works eg The Company The Sisters The Defection of AJ Lewinter The Once and Future Spy I have two P

  3. says:

    Robert Littell is an enigma to me He's written some good spy novels some really good ones a few mediocres and one

  4. says:

    Nominated for L’Express Magazine’s Readers’ Grand Prix and the Grand Prix of Detective Fiction A Nasty Piece of Work by Robert Littell is a pleasure to read as Littell switch from his usual spy themed story into the re

  5. says:

    A definite disappointment A highly acclaimed author of spy thrillers with a special affinity for the workings of the CIA comes up with a formulaic first person PI crime novel with a loose even forced CIA connection At times I wondered if this was supposed to be a parody but I couldn’t find any wit or humor to convince me So we have a typical tough but tender middle aged bachelor but not a drunk who went from New Jers

  6. says:

    3 12 stars

  7. says:

    Lemuel Gunn now a private detective in New Mexico once was a CIA agent in Afghanistan before being unceremoniously sent home and ca

  8. says:

    Robert Littell has written sophisticated spy novels including The Amateur It would be glib to say A Nasty Piece of Work lives up to its title It is a workmanlike formula gumshoe detective novel The protagonist is a worn out burned out

  9. says:

    Lemuel Gunn former soldier homicide cop and CIA asset works as a private eye in the southwest He is approached by a bail bondsman wo

  10. says:

    I don't have much to say about this book It was an easy uick read about a private eye who falls for his client while trying to solve her case It was pretty good until the last uarter of the book at which point I th

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