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Gone, No Forwarding [Mass Market Paperback]

Joe Gores
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31 Dec 1993
Third in Gores' riveting Dan Kearny Associates File mystery series. The Kearny staff has to uncover a key witness who can clear the firm's name, after the state of California threatens to revoke its license over a $200 snafu--and a set-up by a high-powered lawyer with connections to the mob. Previous publisher: Ballantine.


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books; Reprint edition (31 Dec 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446403156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446403153
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,369,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Gone no fowarding 11 Jan 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my dad as part of a present as he loves this kind of reading. Very happy with it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bart Heslip Provides Most of the Heroics 31 Dec 2003
Format:Hardcover
Adam Espinosa arrives in San Francisco with a female companion on a flight from Mexico City. After emptying the contents of a safe deposit box, he is murdered. At the time of the killing Kathy Onoda is receiving a delinquent auto payment from Kasimir Pivarski at the DKA office.
Dan Kearny is served a notice of complaint by the state licensing board regarding DKA's handling of the payment. Kathy Onoda dies unexpectedly of a massive blood clot leaving Kearny without a witness to the transaction. Kearny sends agents scurrying to find another witness in order to save his license.
The license hearing threads its way throughout the book. Bart Heslip provides most of the heroics. GONE, NO FORWARDING is an entertaining mystery novel but not the very best of the successful DKA series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The third DKA novel 7 Oct 2011
By TChris - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a shame that Joe Gores' novels about the Dan Kearney Agency -- known collectively as the "DKA Files" -- are no longer in print. Gores packed more story and characterization into his two hundred page novels than most writers can manage with a five hundred page blockbuster. It's also a shame that Gores died this year, taking with him the funny, grouchy, sly, opinionated, and utterly convincing characters who repossessed cars, solved mysteries, and muddled through life while working for DKA.

Gone, No Forwarding is the third novel in the series. It has all the plot twists a reader of the first two will have come to expect. This one has less to do with repossessing cars than with Kearney's license to practice his craft. Someone has complained that Kearney's staff failed to honor an agreement to hold a payment in trust pending a judicial determination of the lender's entitlement to it. The employee who supposedly breached the agreement died an unexpected but natural death, leaving Kearney scrambling for a witness who can contradict the story told by the person who made the payment. Kearney dispatches his top employees (with whom readers of the first two novels will be familiar) to find people who may have been working in the office when the payment was made. Those folks have since moved on to other jobs (one is a hooker) and other locations, making the task of finding them a challenge.

While there is a modest amount of violence in Gone, No Forwarding, the emphasis is on the process of detection rather than shootouts and thrills. The characters, as usual, are trying to balance their personal problems with the demands that Kearney makes upon them. The nefarious motive that underlies the threat to Kearney's license relates back to an event that occurred in an earlier novel, but it isn't necessary to read the earlier one to understand this one. As the DKA employees track down witnesses and piece together facts, the mystery is resolved in a way that is both surprising and satisfying. But as much fun as the plot and characters provide, the great joy of a DKA novel is Gores' tight prose, his ability to set a scene, to capture a personality, to create atmosphere, in just a few carefully chosen words. Gone, No Forwarding isn't the best novel in the series, but like the others, it is a joy to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bart Heslip Provides Most of the Heroics 11 July 2002
By Peter Kenney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Adam Espinosa arrives in San Francisco with a female companion on a flight from Mexico City. After emptying the contents of a safe deposit box, he is murdered. At the time of the killing Kathy Onoda is receiving a delinquent auto payment from Kasimir Pivarski at the DKA office.
Dan Kearny is served a notice of complaint by the state licensing board regarding DKA's handling of the payment. Kathy Onoda dies unexpectedly of a massive blood clot leaving Kearny without a witness to the transaction. Kearny sends agents scurrying to find another witness in order to save his license.
The license hearing threads its way throughout the book. Bart Heslip provides most of the heroics. GONE, NO FORWARDING is an entertaining mystery novel but not the very best of the successful DKA series.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DKA Fights For Survival 24 Feb 2003
By Untouchable - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this 3rd book in the DKA series, Dan Kearny Associates� very existence is threatened when Dan is served with papers accusing the company of fraud and, if found to be true, could see him lose his licence. DKA is a company of private investigators who specialise in car repossessions and chasing down skip traces. This time, they will be using their skills on their own company. The events surrounding the supposed fraud occurred over a year previously and all employees involved have since moved on: 1 has died and the others quit or were fired. In order to save their business, two of the investigators, Larry Ballard and Bart Heslip have to track down the former employees who may be able to provide the evidence that will prove DKA�s innocence.
The story has two focal points running concurrently. The first is the hearing, which provides the drama and the second is on the investigation performed by Ballard and Heslip, which provides the action. The progress of the hearing is actually the stopwatch indicating how much time the DKA investigators have to find their potential witnesses.
The DKA books provide all the necessary ingredients that fans of PI books would be looking for, but it is also enhanced by the fact that the agency is much larger than a 1 or 2 man business and so, there are plenty of opportunities for elaborate plans involving multiple players to be carried out.
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