Michael Simon pens gritty, true-to-life detective noir novels. His popular Detective Dan Reles mysteries feature the only Jewish, native-born New Yorker in the Austin P.D. Dan investigates the death of a young girl and the wounding of a little boy during an assassination attempt on a black community activist. Meanwhile, Reles fights a few battles of his own—against his own department’s bigotry, a drug lord, and a slew of mysterious deaths.
"[T]he well-depicted setting, the fast (if not breakneck) pace, evocative atmosphere and believable dialogue hold the reader's attention throughout." (Publishers Weekly)
"Simon has been compared to James Ellroy, but while Ellroy's outrage at the bad white men in blue is more alleged than evident, Simon's sympathies are clearly with the folks on the receiving end of the nightstick. As Simon continues to document Austin's dark years, he indicts misery's profiteers - dealers, developers, and politicians - with an infectious indignation." (Booklist)
"Fast-paced and suspenseful from start to finish... Body Scissors is as big-hearted as Texas and just as violent." (Rocky Mountain News)
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