House of Blazes

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-10-11
  • Publisher: ECW Press
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Levi Hayes is out for gold — and blood — in this high-magnitude historical tear through the mean streets of San Francisco

In the days before the great earthquake and fire of 1906, Levi Hayes returns from San Quentin Prison with a plan. After serving five years for the theft of $30,000 in gold coins from the San Francisco Mint, he’s ready to take back what’s his and exact revenge on the now-powerful Healey brothers who set him up and had his barroom, House of Blazes, seized by court order.

To get back his bar Levi recruits his nephew, Mack Lewis, telling him the gold coins wait hidden behind one of its cellar walls. Their wild scheme propels them through saloon halls, gambling dens, back alleys, and brothels before it backfires. In lock-up as the earthquake hits, Levi and Mack must escape the collapsing building and burning city to get to the gold coins, with Quinn Healey determined to get his own revenge on them.

Author Biography

Dietrich Kalteis is the author of three crime novels, including Triggerfish and The Deadbeat Club. His debut novel, Ride the Lightning, won the bronze medal in the 2015 Independent Publisher Awards for Canada West Regional Fiction and was hailed as one of the best Vancouver crime novels.

More than 40 of his short stories have been published internationally, and his screenplay, Between Jobs, was a finalist in the Los Angeles Screenplay Festival. He resides with his family in West Vancouver and is currently working on his next novel.

Table of Contents

Slummer’s Paradise
In the Traces
Lighting the Fuse
Pearly’s Gates
Heavy Hand
Flush Beats Straight
Twilight Johnny
A Thousand Words
Breaking a Leg
The Meat and Potatoes
Treading the Boards
Doves and Daughters
The Deep Six
Feeding the Leopards
On the Hook
The Gibson Girl
Quibble the Top
Johnny Law
Cribs and Cowyards
Ragpicker’s Alley
Cheap Shot
Sydney Town
Avenging Angel
All Hell’s Loose
Whispers to Screams
Down in the Mission
Up in Smoke
Under a Falling Sky
Trial By Fire
Closing the Gap
Narrowing the Gap
The Dubloon
Portland House
Kill Edict
Squared Away
Paris of the Pacific
Law Dog
Drink Deep the Christian Way
This Marble Shit
French Leave
Making It
Camp Grateful
In Clover
Saints and Sinners
Eggs and Ham and a Black Hole
Jumping the Breaks
Breaking Camp
Lightning Gap
Fire Lanes
Rolling Thunder
Fire with Fire

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