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Storm Damage: Cliff Saint James, #1
Storm Damage: Cliff Saint James, #1
Storm Damage: Cliff Saint James, #1
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Storm Damage: Cliff Saint James, #1

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Critically-acclaimed author Ed Kovacs presents Book One in his thrilling Cliff Saint James series of murder mystery crime novels set in New Orleans. Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus, the Associated Press, and many other major reviewers have given great reviews to this series of private detective cop thrillers. New York Times Bestselling Author Jonathan Maberry said “Kovacs comes out of the gate with a bang.” And Steve Berry called Kovacs a “vivid addition to the thriller genre.”

In STORM DAMAGE, Cliff Saint James, who’s practically homeless and on the verge of bankruptcy due to the killer Storm, tenaciously navigates the gritty aftermath of a broken city that’s barely functioning. He's a mixed-martial arts coach and bare-knuckled former cop who takes on a cold case murder as a private investigator because he desperately needs the money.

The case is a tough one: the last homicide before a Category 5 hurricane wiped out New Orleans. With no forensic evidence, a destroyed crime scene, and no corpse, the task looks to be impossible. But 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 the city.

The more layers of deceit Saint James 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.

This revised, Second Edition of STORM DAMAGE is in the time-honored tradition of works by Michael Connelly, Lee Child, James Patterson, James Ellroy, Raymond Chandler, Dennis Lehane, and Dashiel Hammet.

Release dateMar 23, 2017
Storm Damage: Cliff Saint James, #1
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    Storm Damage - ED KOVACS


    For Good Junk:

    …the scenes of New Orleans are rich and real. Kovacs hopeless, elegiac vision of the city is touching, and his quick studies of hidden landmarks like the outré bar in the French Quarter that calls itself Pravda, and Pampy’s, a purveyor of soul food to politicians, are written with true affection and terrific humor. –THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

    Powerful prose that evokes a city still struggling to recover its infrastructure and identity elevates this well beyond most other contemporary PI novels.PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY, BOXED, STARRED REVIEW


    For Storm Damage:

    "A sleeper here, a beautiful spin on hard-boiled fiction, and it’s all done with style and energy."— BOOKLIST

    Kovacs noir take on the thriller will hook readers.ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Kovacs is a vivid addition to the thriller genre.STEVE BERRY, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR

    Kovacs writes like a master. —GAYLE LYNDS, NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR



    For The Russian Bride:

    This is a thriller packed so full of action, it leaves readers breathless. Kovacs does an incredible job at being technically accurate and easy to understand, so readers of all levels are engaged throughout. A must-read for fans of fast-paced stories that don’t let you go till the very end.RT BOOK REVIEWS

    Brisk, easy-to-read thrillerPUBLISHER’S WEEKLY

    Quick, entertaining action.KIRKUS REVIEWS


    For Burnt Black:

    The vibrant description of occult doings mixes well with the movements of the earthbound characters, making this Cliff and Honey’s best outing to date. —KIRKUS REVIEWS

    The rough around the edges locale will be catnip to some readers, like myself. The book has more twists and turns than the streets and back alleys of New Orleans.—CRIMINAL ELEMENT


    For Unseen Forces:

    A spellbinding thriller that will keep you riveted well past midnight.THE ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

    "A real page-turner rivaling The Da Vinci Code."—PHENOMENA MAGAZINE

    A taut, suspenseful story that keeps the reader riveted until the very end.MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

    Terrific debut novel that deserves to be on the bestseller lists.THE DAILY GRAIL

    I couldn’t wait to get back to it after I put it down.MAJOR PAUL SMITH, AUTHOR OF "READING THE ENEMY'S MIND


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    Unseen Forces

    Storm Damage

    Good Junk

    Burnt Black

    The Russian Bride

    Locked Down


    Most of the locations in this book are real and well worth a visit. Change, however, is inevitable; businesses close and new ones open in their place. Thanks in advance to my readers for understanding that while the majority of locations in this book as of the time of this writing are real, a few others are purely fictional.